Today’s guest picture comes from my ex-work colleague Ada. She is in Tours and in spite of seeing a goat and a pink elephant in the street, she assures me that she hardly touched a drop.
The day started with some promise as far as the weather went. There was sunshine as we cycled to church to sing in the choir but by the time that we got home, the sunshine had become fitful and every time that Mrs Tootlepedal hung the washing out, it started to drizzle.
The peonies were happy about what sun there was and made steady progress.
After church, we had coffee and I spent a little time watching the birds get through the seed on the feeder at a great rate. I had filled the feeder before going to church and it was already down to halfway.
I enjoyed seeing a goldfinch and a siskin looking intently in the wrong direction when it came to impending threats.
This siskin knew where to direct its attention.
Having seen tow fellow siskins on the top shelf, I reckon this approaching siskin was weighing up its chances of shifting the goldfinch instead.
With the perches so busy, there was quite a lot of waiting for hungry birds, either on the feeder pole…
…or on the sunflower stalk that Mrs Tootlepedal has thoughtfully provided near the feeder.
I went back out into the garden and checked on the fruit and veg. Mrs Tootlepedal has put down a generous amount of straw for the strawberries and we are just waiting for some better ripening weather now. The potatoes are producing more flowers every day.
Among the flowers, this Sweet William stopped me in my tracks…
…and I made a respectful bow as I passed the Queen of Denmark.
Bees were to be seen on many flowers but I was taken by the flying skills that this one showed in reversing out of a foxglove.
The educated yellow onion is a tricky flower to photograph and this is the best that I have managed so far.
I like cornflowers…
…and it was evident today that bees like them too.
There is still only one flower on the purple clematis. Mrs Tootlepedal thinks that it is very early so perhaps this flower mistook the chilly weather for autumn and came out early by accident while the other flwoers knew better.
A feverfew has started to produce flowers and it will soon have more than a few by the look of it.
Next to the drive, a small forest of orange hawkweed is developing nicely…
…and the climbing hydrangea is producing a positive galaxy of flowers.
I put my camera down and mowed the middle lawn and after a quick check on the birds…
…. Mrs Tootlepedal and I drove up the road to collect another load of wood chips for the vegetable garden paths. We didn’t spread them out though because when we got home, it was well past lunch time….and it was raining.
After lunch, the sun came out and I put my cycling gear on and it immediately started to rain again. I passed some time relaxing in front of the telly until I noticed that the sun had come out again, so I got my bicycle out and set off to do a few miles.
I hadn’t gone much more than half a mile before it started to rain again, but fortunately, I had a rain jacket with me so I put it on and pressed ahead. It continued to rain for an hour by which time I had done thirteen miles and got a bit fed up so I stopped. I had hoped to take some pictures of sunlit hills while I was out but not only was there no sunlit but there were very few hills to be seen.
I stopped to take this single picture on my way home just to show all the hills that I couldn’t see behind that bank of cloud ahead..
Fortunately Mrs Tootlepedal was cooking a very tasty meal of roast chicken with stuffing, roast potatoes with carrots and Brussels sprouts for our evening meal so I was soon warmed up and cheerful.
There is often a sliver lining to a cloud and the enforced rest of the past two days means that my feet don’t hurt at the moment. Always look on the bright side of life…..de dum…de dum…etc
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow, frozen in time.