Today’s guest picture comes from one of my brother Andrew’s recent walks. He was rather surprised to find a woolly mammoth looking at him over a wall.
I had a day of mostly sitting down today although I did get about enough to mow the front lawn and do some deadheading.
We started off with some good sunshine and I had my camera with me when I was out in the garden. I know this will comes a surprise but I took a few pictures as I went around.
While I was out pedalling yesterday, Mrs Tootlepedal gave the hen a trim.
Although she has appeared a lot recently, Lilian Austin demanded to have her picture taken once again and who am I to deny a lady?
Nearby, a calendula was smiling back at the sun.
Crown Princess Margareta has found the weather very much to her taste and is crowding more flowers onto every stem each day.
The Goldfinch rose on the fence is doing well too…
…and I like the way that it changes from yellow to white as it grows old. You can get buds, young flowers, old flowers and dead heads in the same bunch.
Further down the fence the ginger syllabub is happy too.
We may feel the need to do some watering in this dry spell but the roses seem very content with the state of things.
There is no shortage of cheerful faces.
To avoid wind damage, Mrs Tootlepedal has gone for shorter delphiniums this year and she has got them well sheltered too. The results so far are good.
The oddest flower in the garden at the moment is this almost black pansy.
There are plenty of bees about which is good news and they like the poppies a lot. You can tell when a bee has visited one of them.
The best thing about the morning was the arrival of the phone engineers. For several weeks, the telephone wire to one of our neighbours has been lying at ground level across the garden. It couldn’t be stuck back onto the electricity pole from which it had become detached because the pole was unsafe. Finally the pole has been replaced so the wire could be retrieved and rehung today. Now I can tidy up the grass without worrying about accidentally cutting the cable.
As the telephone engineers left, so did we. We were off on our weekly visit to see Matilda in Edinburgh. Rather annoyingly, it was raining when we got there so we settled down to indoor fun instead of going to the park.
The rain had stopped when it was time for us to go home and as the train was on time in both directions today, the travel was pretty painless.
No flying birds today so a pair of flamingos from Matilda’s garden take pride of place instead.