Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce. He sent me this shot of the three bridges over the Forth as seen from the ship that was about to take him to Sweden.
We were due to go to Edinburgh today to visit Matilda but I got up early and cycled twenty miles and got home in time to mow the middle lawn, have a cup of coffee and look at a few flowers, including the first orange hawkweed of the year…
…some Rosa Complicata (a very simple rose as it happens)….
…one of the Rosa Moyesii which are doing the best of our roses at the moment…
…a very bright oriental poppy…
…some delicate ornamental strawberries with don’t seem to mind the rain at all…
…and an astrantia, always one of my favourite flowers.
The cotoneaster still has a good number of bees buzzing about it, so new flowers must be opening every day.
Jackdaws are very busy at the peanuts these days.
And today’s hedge sitter was a young blackbird.
We went off to Edinburgh earlier than usual as we had a shopping visit on the schedule and this meant driving to Tweedbank to use the Border Railway. The train was on time and when we got to Edinburgh, we walked down to John Lewis. As well as doing some successful shopping, we had a cup of coffee in what must be the department store cafe with the best view in Britain. My phone can’t do it justice at all.
After we had done our shopping we went to Matilda’s house. As it was such a sunny day, she was very happy to show us her local park. It is called Lochend Park and this is the end of the loch in the park.
I didn’t have a good camera with me which was a pity as there were two sorts of geese, gulls, moorhens and ducks to look at, not to mention a fine doocot. The moorhens put on a fine show of ducking and diving and swimming underwater. Matilda was impressed.
She was also impressed by the roundabout which turned very smoothly…
…and the intricate web of ropes which gave her an opportunity to show her adventurous nature.
We were impressed by the wild irises growing along the banks of the loch.
We had a very cheerful time sitting on the benches thoughtfully provided by Edinburgh Corporation for the relief of the elderly while Matilda spun and climbed and slid.
The road to the park from Matilda’s house is called Butterfly Way so we were able to remark (many, many times) that we had had a lovely day on Butterfly Way.
Alistair cooked us a tasty meal involving roast aubergines, cherry tomatoes and rigatoni so we were two happy people as we caught the train home.
Going to Tweedbank, rather then Lockerbie means a much longer drive, but there is still so much novelty in driving the electric car that the time passed quickly enough. We had done 97 miles since the last charge by the time that we got home and when I plugged the car in, it said that there was just under half the charge left in the battery. This gives us a very satisfactory range for summer driving although we realise that it will be considerably less in the cold winter months.
The flying birds of the day are a very unsatisfactory phone picture of pigeons returning to the doocot in Lochend Park. I will take a proper camera next time I visit.