Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who saw this all electric hire car getting a charge in a street the other day.
It was warmer today but no less grey in the morning and we were pleased to get to church and back before it started to rain. As I may have mentioned, our organist Henry was recently elected to act as the town’s standard bearer or cornet at our Common Riding at the end of July. This means that he has many obligations and duties to perform in the weeks leading up to the great day so he will have little time to think of the church choir. As a result, we are having a very quiet time as far as singing in church goes with a standby organist on duty again today. As we are also short of a minister, there was rather a subdued air about the service this morning.
Thanks to the rain when we got home, it seemed like a good time to put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database so I did that.
The rain eased off and after lunch and I had a quick look at the bird. Once again, sparrows were the chief visitors. Although they are common and often ignored, they are quite decorative in their own way.
Almost every time that I looked, there was a sparrow looming up.
I did see a single siskin…
…and a great tit and a blue tit visited at moments when I didn’t have a camera to hand.
The second most common birds at present are jackdaws.
I had time for a walk round the garden. The climbing hydrangea is gradually getting little specks of white all over it. It should look very fine quite soon.
There were some new flowers to be seen like this foxglove..
…but generally, it was a day for spotting rain drops on roses…
…but no brown paper parcels.
The flowers beside the bird feeders, which I look at through the kitchen window when the birds have flown away, make a pretty picture.
I didn’t have long to hang around as it was soon time to get in our little white electric thingy and go to Carlisle for a choir practice. I had various reasons for getting an electric car but none of them were about what it would be like actually driving it, so it is a great bonus that it turns out to be a wonderful car to drive. Just tootling along the familiar road to Carlisle at a modest speed brings me great satisfaction.
We had a new venue for our choir practice today, the large chapel of a local private school. It proved to have very hard pews to sit on and quite an echoing acoustic so it took a bit of getting used to. We are having our concert there next week and then using it as our permanent home when we start again in Autumn. I may have to bring my own cushion.
When we came out after a really good sing, the day had miraculously turned from cool and grey to warm and sunny and there was a spring in everybody’s step as they went on their way.
It was still fine when we got home and I considered a bike ride but a very vigorous breeze and a rather overgrown hedge along the road…
…made me think that getting the hedge cut would be the best thing to do. With Mrs Tootlepedal’s help, it didn’t take too long to get the hedge to look like this…
…and the trimmings tucked away in the compost bin.
As I passed the front door, I couldn’t help stopping to note the clematis in the sunshine there. It has lasted very well, possibly because it is in a sheltered spot against the wall of the house.
Turning to look the other way, I could see the azalea at the left hand end of the lawn which has spoiled Mrs Tootlepedal’s colour scheme by not coming into flower at all this year.
Looking back from the far end of the lawn, it is only too easy to spot the large pale areas which are mostly moss..
…but considering that I seriously thinking of abandoning all hope of grass earlier this year, it has come on pretty well and the new moss eating treatment seems to be paying off.
As the sun was still out, I would have liked to take a few flower pictures but the wind was so strong…
…that it would have been a waste of time to try.
I went in and we had a nourishing bowl of sausage stew with new potatoes for our tea.
The flying bird of the day is a male sparrow.