Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo of Manitoba. She was at a grand opening of a feed mill at a Hutterite colony in Alberta last week when a friend pointed out this American robin’s well stocked nest.
After yesterday’s endless rain, we had endless sunshine today. It was very welcome. Of course the weather gods will have their little laugh, so the sunshine came on a day when we had to be indoors for a lot of the time.
All the same, after making a stew for the slow cooker and going to sing at our usual church service, there was time for a walk round the garden.
It was full of bees.
I was particularly happy to catch a bee on a lupin so that I could combine two favourite subjects in one shot…
…but it was the chives that were scoring highest in the bee popularity stakes today.
New flowers are out and the pick of the day was this iris with its petals outlined in white.
I liked it so much that I took pictures of it with different cameras.
Foxgloves are popping up all over the garden…
…and a new set of blue Polemonium have appeared.
I took some other pictures more because I liked the general effect of the situation than for any floral novelty.
An oriental poppy seed head beside the dam can be seen out of our back window…
…and it looks as thought this lamium is concealing a fierce science fiction beast behind its petals.
This euphorbia is fading with added colour…
…and two tropaeolum flowers were crossing swords on the yew bush.
But my favourite of the morning was this very cool picture of potential plums.
I didn’t have long to wander about though, as it was the day of our end of term concert with the Carlisle Community Choir and we had to be at the venue for an early practice.
We picked up another choir member on the way and got to our new concert venue in a local school in plenty of time. Ellen, our conductor, is very careful to make sure that we can enjoy our concerts so the practice was not too demanding and had a break in the middle. As a result, I was ready for the big event and had a good time singing almost all of the notes that were required.
One of the highlights of the concert for me was the solo performance of our accompanist, Christine, who poured so many notes into semi improvised arrangements of Dream a Little Dream of Me and Somewhere over the Rainbow that it seemed that the piano might explode. Just my cup of tea.
When we got home, the sun was still shining and I had time to mow both the lawns while the potatoes were cooking. The lawns are not big and when the ground is firm and the grass is short enough so that I don’t have to use a box, lawn mowing is a speedy business. It is slightly surprising that the lawns are still firm, as Mary Jo’s scientific rain gauge was showing five inches of rain over the past two weeks, but that shows just how dry it was in the weeks before the rain started.
After tea, I went for a walk. To be more correct….as my feet are still perfectly alright as long as I don’t use them at all, I went for a slow cycle ride round one of my favourite evening walks.
I enjoyed the evening light and took two pictures of bridges which I didn’t cross, the suspension bridge…
…and the bridge to the church…
…and one of the sawmill Brig, which I did cross.
I saw oyster catchers before I crossed the Sawmill Brig….
…and a magnificent rhododendron lurking in the shadows as I crossed it.
Everything around us is green after the rain but the finishing straight of the race course on the Castleholm was the greenest thing of the day.
With both the Langholm and Carlisle choirs finished until September, I shall find time hanging heavy on my hands. I am hopeful that a little fine weather may let me get out on my bike a bit more to fill up the unforgiving hours. Looking at the forecast, it seems that this hope may not be realised. Ah well.
The flying bird of the day is one of our regular sparrows.