Another day, another plan collapses

Today’s guest picture was taken by my brother Andrew’s wife’s Australian cousin Janet who found Andrew hard at work on his son’s mower making hay  while the sun shone.

andrew making hay

After yesterday’s outing to Beamish, I had a plan for today: in the morning I would put the pictures from Beamish on the blog, mow a few lawns, make soup for lunch and then in the afternoon, I would go for a cycle ride.

Everything went entirely to plan until I got up.  Shortly afterwards, I went back to bed again with a very sore back and an outbreak of being strangely tired.  As I didn’t get up until noon, the morning part of the plan was shot.

I took a quick look at the garden flowers when I had risen and found a lot of Sweet William that I thought was worth recording.

six sweet williams

The first day lilies have arrived.

day lily

And ever more irises are appearing.

two irises

I like the last of the lupins to join the garden show.

new lupin

I found another Philadelphus flower.

single philadelphus

And my favourite rose, Lilian Austin was looking at her best.

lilian austin

She has been joined by a burst of moss roses.

three moss roses

Then I went in and watched the birds for a while.

Although the weather was good, it was pretty breezy and birds had to hang on to the feeder.

sparrow hanging on

And when they did get settled, it wasn’t long before someone else came along and booted them off.

threatening siskin

I had a cheese and tomato toastie for lunch and fortified by this, I went out and mowed the lawns.  This was a bit of a kill or cure experiment with my back and I am happy to say that the result tended much more to cure than kill and I felt a bit better for the rest of the day.

I noticed a flash of colour and dashed in for my camera and for once a butterfly kindly stayed in place for long enough for me to get a picture.  It was a red admiral, the first that i have seen in the garden this year.

red admiral butterfly

Looking around, now that I had my camera with me, I was impressed by the growth on the delphiniums…

delphinium

…and by the pertinacity of the aquilegia which are still growing through a box ball.

two aquilegia on box

I spotted the first calendula of the year…

calendula

…and enjoyed the dancing feet of the martagon lilies in the sun.

martagon lilies

The two clematis on either side of the front door are at very different stages of development.

two front door clematis

Mrs Tootlepedal has a bit of a cold and had had a very busy morning, so while I was pootling about in the garden, she wisely had a siesta.  When she came downstairs, we decided to go up to the Langholm Moor and look for interesting bird life.

Our timing was off.  The sun had gone and light rain and low clouds had beaten us to the top of the hill.

moor in mist

The wind was strong too and the bog cotton and grasses were being blown about.

bog cotton

Altogether it wasn’t the best day for watching birds on the hill.   Still, it is always a pleasure to be out and about and the roadsides were full of wild flowers…

moor road with wildflowers

…including a large patch of orchids.

moor orchids

However, it was too wet and windy to take satisfactory pictures or see much so we didn’t stay out long and came back to the garden where I spotted a new clematis in the drizzle.

new clematis by old feeder

Although we welcomed the rain from a gardening point of view as things were a bit dry, the birds didn’t look very happy, either up above…

cross starling

…or down below.

soggy blackbird

Our fake tree of twigs nailed onto a fence post is a popular stopping off point for birds on the way to the feeder.

two siskin on fake tree in rain

The rain and the brisk wind put paid to any idea of cycling, though I did put in a few minutes on the bike to nowhere in the garage just to get my legs moving.  Then I buckled down and put 90 odd pictures into a post about the trip to Beamish yesterday.   (Sandy has put some of the ones that he took on his blog too and those interested can see them here.)

All this took some time and although there was a glimpse of sun later in the evening, my day had ground to halt by then and I ate a meal prepared by Mrs Tootlepedal and watched Countryfile on the telly.

I hope that my back and the weather are more co-operative tomorrow.

The flying bird of the day is a siskin in the queue for the feeder.

siskin in queue

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

33 thoughts on “Another day, another plan collapses

  1. I love your garden, and have been Inspired to write a post showing mine. My husband I’d a collector of miniature conifers, and I prefer colorful flowers. Between us we have out together a rather nice collection. I loved the picture of the Siskin awaiting his turn at the feeder.

  2. Your garden is astonishingly diverse (and gorgeous), and I wish I had your energy — you certainly pack a lot into a day! Very impressed with the red admiral shot. They zoom through my yard and I can barely get enough of a glimpse to know what just passed by, much less get a photo.

      1. I will look into that – thank you. This city girl turned suburbanite is still learning the ropes of gardening and butterfly nurturing!

  3. You might get two comments, as wordpress told me they are trying to fix the problem that prevented my email comment to go through. I am reading in a scattered way till i get an evening…Looking forward to yesterday’s 90 Beamish photos. I hope tomorrow brings you a better cycling day. I know that feeling of being strangely tired. Pertinacity…great word.

  4. Some days just aren’t meant to be. Not a bad end result though. My 85 year old mother in law insisted on getting on our mower on the hottest day recorded in France. Luckily there wasn’t much grass left to cut.

    1. The rain w as much needed. Without having particularly good weather, we have had a very dry spring and early summer in general. Thank you for the good wishes.

  5. Love the delphinium photo such a vibrant blue and lots of little dolphin buds to see as well. Lovely to see the red admiral – fingers crossed plenty more arrive soon. All the flowers look beautiful and all in great condition- all that effort with the compost is paying off. Hope tomorrow brings a day when you are both fit and well again.

  6. Love the “action shot” of that poor wee bird hanging on to the feeder peg for all its worth!

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed the photos from your day. I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I hope tomorrow is a better day.

    Are you getting more storms than usual for this time of year?

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