Today’s guest picture is another from our son Tony’s Highland holiday. He has sent me a lot of good pictures but this one gets my seal of approval.
We had another fine day and I had hoped to get some useful cycling in, but a sore back when I got up put paid to any expansive ideas. As it happened, it was just as well that I was at home as the power company men turned up to put up a new fence. The old one had been knocked down when they replaced one of the poles in our garden.
They turned out to be as handy with hammer and saw as they were with big poles and the new fence was soon in place.
While they worked, I hobbled round the garden doing some weeding, dead heading and snapping.
There was a lot to look at.
I was pleased to see a red admiral butterfly…
…though I would be even more pleased to see more than one.
Poppies and an anemone caught the eye….
…and Bobbie James has come out to join Goldfinch on the fence between the middle lawn and the vegetable garden.
I picked some sweet peas and thought that this one was the pick of the bunch.
Mrs Tootlepedal’s new Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica (to give it its Sunday name) proves to be a very interesting plant with a lot going on.
And as always, the astrantias attracted me….
…and a great number of wasps as well.
We haven’t found out where the wasps’ nest is yet and just hope that it isn’t in some hole in the roof.
Looking up at the walnut tree, I could see that we should have walnuts to eat again this year.
After the power company men left, Mrs Tootlepedal and I did some watering in the vegetable garden and then I mowed the front lawn , and then it was time for lunch.
Mrs Tootlepedal had Moorland business to attend to after lunch and went off to collect more signatures of interest in the possible purchase while I watched the birds.
A goldfinch took poorly to being menaced by a greenfinch…
….but was fast asleep a moment later to the possibility of getting a rude awakening from a sparrow.
I got a message from Mrs Tootlepedal that she had forgotten something so I was galvanised into action. I got my cycling gear on, delivered the item and then kept cycling southwards.
I took the main road out of town and stopped to admire the substantial field of daisies on one side of the road…
…and two orchids on the other.
I didn’t stop again for a while, as a kindly wind was blowing me down the hill to the end of the Canonbie bypass and I was going too fast to notice much as I passed.
The way back was a slower business altogether, uphill and with an unhelpful wind so I was happy to stop to note hedges thick with honeysuckle and privet…
…and a field of interested bullocks.
I usually do this route in the opposite direction so I am often whizzing down this hill without looking.
Today I had time to look and the inclination to take a breather.
The wind helped me along the last three miles and I arrived home after 20 miles in a cheerful frame of mind, considering how sore my back had been when I got up in the morning.
I had a wander round the garden….
…before Mrs Tootlepedal came home and then I went to have a shower.
That concluded the business of the day apart from rather gloomily watching England’s ladies not quite being up to the task of winning their semi final in the world cup in spite of the USA kindly offering them some chances to do so. The better team won.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow with its eyes on the prize.