Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair, and shows his daughter Matilda in the nice new dress which her Granny has made for her.
No prizes for guessing the theme of the performance.
We had much better weather today which was very welcome, but it turned out that I had lost a filling from my sore tooth so I had a quiet morning entertaining Dropscone to coffee while Mrs Tootlepedal went to off to Hawick on business. Our local duke is selling the Langholm moor and there is interest in a community buy out for at least some of the land and Mrs Tootlepedal was meeting an expert in community land matters.
Dropscone had brought treacle scones so I was happy to stay at home and eat them (carefully). Following his golf buggy accident, it turns out that Dropscone has broken three ribs so he was taking things quietly too and trying not to laugh too much.
Before he came, I had walked round the garden to see what was going on and I couldn’t ignore Mrs Tootlepedal’s Sweet Williams which are strategically placed all round the place.
They are all pretty peppy but this is the peppiest.
The bees are still very busy on the chives which must provide an endless stock of pollen for them.
Away from the flower garden, I was interested to see the first flowers on the potatoes…
…and some promising looking beans.
After Dropscone left, with a little rhubarb to speed him on his way, I settled down for a rest and the crossword, keeping my free hand on the remote lead for the camera on its tripod at the window.
Siskins were about, eating messily and scattering good seed on the ground.
Sometimes they waited in the wings…
…and sometimes they got impatient…
…but the sparrows paid them no heed.
Mrs Tootlepedal got back safely from Hawick, full of good advice, and I made some soup for lunch.
After lunch, I sieved the last of the compost from Bin C and put the residue into Bin D. Then, as I was in full composting mode, I turned the contents of Bin A ,which was full, into Bin B, which was empty. The opposite is now the case…
…although a morsel of green waste found its way into Bin A later on.
When I was finished, I had a look around and found the the sunnier day had opened out an anemone which had been shut up against the rain and cold for the last few days.
A bee was trying to cheer up a melancholy thistle.
A Rodgersia has come out in the back border.
And the roses were appreciating the dry, warmer weather as much as we were.
Men are coming to replace our aged and decrepit electricity pole next week so I helped Mrs Tootlepedal move a rose which had been growing up the stay wire for the pole. We stuck a temporary pole in the flower bed, untied the stem from the stay and bent it back and tied it to the new pole.
We hope that there will be a new stay to tie it back onto when the pole work is finished.
The red peonies are almost over but the white and pink ones are still refusing to show themselves, perhaps as baffled by the odd weather as we are, but there are signs of hope.
I had a last check on the lupins and found another busy bee there…
…and then went off to the dentist.
My usual dentist doesn’t work on a Friday so I was seen by the other dentist in our surgery, a very nice lady whom I had not met before. I had been able to get an emergency appointment and I was hoping that she would give me a temporary filling for my tooth until I could see my regular man.
Things didn’t quite turn out like that though. She peered at my tooth and whistled gently in a concerned sort of way, and then suggested that I might like her to extract it. She had such a kindly manner that I agreed and before I knew it, I was a tooth short. Modern dentistry means that tooth extraction is a painless and relatively swift affair but even modern dentistry can’t stop your face hurting as the anaesthetic wears off so I spent the next few hours being very quiet.
Things are still a bit sore as I write this in the evening but I am hoping that all will be well by tomorrow morning and I will be able to get out on my fully serviced bike for a ride.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow, rushing to get into the frame on time. It nearly made it.