Making a bed (but not lying on it)

Today’s guest picture comes from Sue, who lives at the bottom of the town, and sees interesting things in her garden.

sue's squirrel

Just because Sue sees more interesting things in her garden than we do in ours, she kindly invited me (and my camera) down to see what we could see this morning, so after breakfast, I cycled down with hope in my heart.  When I sat in her kitchen and saw her feeder set up through the window…

sue's feeders

…I was bowled over and I got out my camera and waited.

She told me that she had already seen nuthatches before i arrived and that this was the usual time for the squirrel to call so I sat filled with the keenest anticipation.

I saw a jackdaw….

jackdaw sue

…and several families of sparrows…

sparrows sue

…and a selection of tits…

coal tit sue

…one of which had a good stretch out for the squirrel food…

great tit sue

…and even a pair of robins…

robins sue

…all of which were were very welcome but did not include a nuthatch, woodpecker or squirrel which I had hoped to see.  Sue gave me a cup of coffee and we waited for a while but in the end, I left with that familiar feeling that many interesting things would happen as soon as I left.

Some interesting things had happened in the town over night and as I passed the Co-operative Store, I could see that it had been ringed around with crime scene tape….

co-op raid 1

…and a closer inspection revealed that the store had been the victim of a determined attack.

co-op raid 2

It turned out that overnight there had been an attempt to ram the doors with a vehicle and steal the cash machine.  The doors had suffered but the cash machine had remained in place.  Some time ago, a gang had managed to prise the cash machine out of the wall with a digger and carry it off, but obviously security has improved since then and this attempt failed.

Still, it is not the sort of thing that we see every day in Langholm so it was a shock.

I have noticed that men have been out and about trimming banks and mowing things so I took this picture of the flowery bank of the Esk as I cycled home in case it disappears soon.

flowery bank Esk

I hadn’t been home long before Sue sent me a message to say that a nuthatch and a woodpecker had appeared almost as soon as I had left and she was watching a squirrel as she typed the message.  Such is life.  I hope to get the opportunity to try again soon.

I had time for a walk round the garden before Dropscone arrived with the traditional Friday treacle scones at coffee time.

The salvias are going to make a splash when they all come fully out.

colourful corner with salvias

Although the roses have been catching my eye most lately, the peonies are still very good value.

oink peony July

I like the way that clematis flowers seem to come with wildly different numbers of petals on the same plant.  Here is one with six and one with four side by side.

two clematis with differnet petals

I was pleased to see a young blue tit on the peanuts at our feeders as I passed.  It wasn’t frightened of me at all.

bue tit on nuts 1

Dropscone arrived and we ate his scones cheerfully while he drank coffee and I had a cup of tea since I had already had a coffee.

Dropscone has almost recovered from his broken ribs, although he is taking good care not to sneeze still, and is back to playing full rounds of golf.

When he left, Mrs Tootlepedal and I made two new surrounds for raised beds in the vegetable garden.  These were to replace the beds which the digger had squashed while the new electricity pole was being put in.  The power company had given us enough wood for the job and with me on the saw and Mrs Tootlepedal on the tape measure and hammer, the new beds were made by lunchtime.

Over lunch, I looked out of the window and saw that the blue tit was back.

bue tit on nuts 2

After lunch, I mowed the grass round the greenhouse in a free and easy way.  I have had to be careful over recent weeks because of our neighbour’s telephone wire running along the ground, but it now back attached to the new pole, so it was a relief just to be able to swing the hover mower about without worrying.

I then went in to do crossword.

While I was inside, Mrs Tootlepedal placed the smaller of the two beds in position and sorted out the soil.

new veg beds

The larger bed will have to wait until time and energy are available as there is quite a lot of work to be done before it can be lowered into position.

I had thought of going cycling but the day got very gloomy and there was a hint of drizzle so I had a walk round the garden instead.

The geraniums are going on strongly…

geranium clump

…as are the Sweet Williams.

vivid sweet william

The melancholy thistles are beginning to go to seed…

melacholy thistle seeds

…but the ligularias are just joining the party.

P1030461

I sieved a lot of compost to fill our store bucket because Mrs Tootlepedal has been using a lot recently and thought about mowing some lawns but went inside and had a quiet sit down instead.

In the evening, we dug up another potato from the potato patch and were very pleasantly surprised at how productive it was and how clean and slug free the crop was.  As a result we had plenty of new potatoes to go with a second helping of mince for our tea.

In the evening, Mike and Alison came round and Alison and I enjoyed getting back to playing flute and keyboard duets.  For one reason or another, we haven’t played for some time, so it was a treat to get back to music making.

The flying bird of the day is one of our own garden siskins.

flying siskin

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, novice photogrpaher

30 thoughts on “Making a bed (but not lying on it)

  1. Sue’s feeder installation is amazing and I’m surprised it survives the squirrels. But I know that missed bird feeling all too well. Thanks for the Sweet William reminder – I had some years ago but had forgotten entirely about it.

  2. A pretty photo of the ligularias – lovely verticals – and textures – and colours . . . I guess I plain like everything about it!

  3. Too bad that you have break ins there like we do here. It sounds like someone went to a lot of work for nothing. Maybe they learned something.
    I’ve never seen salvias like those. I’m going to have to look them up because they’re very pretty.
    The photo of the ligularias reminds me of a forest with shafts of sunlight pouring through it. It’s very good.

      1. It is a cottage industry. This is the third effort in the town and the first one not to succeed. I am sure that there are cameras but the wicked criminals do these things at night and cover their faces up. They will get caught though judging by past experience,.

  4. Next time lucky…hopefully..to see a squirrel…so fortunate to have them nearby. Our Coop has been treated just the same and now the Coop has decided to remove the atm machine completely!

    1. There has been a rash of these attacks. It is very annoying but I suppose that if you leave thousands of pounds lying around in a box, it is not too surprising if someone tries to remove the box, however well protected it is. It is probably better than gangs holding up bank tellers at the point of a gun.

  5. I try to enjoy the flowering banks here before the mowers arrive – yours was quite lovely. I am always saddened by the social need for neatness and orderliness that removes the graceful burgeoning of nature.

      1. Rewilding parts of the garden is the new (and good);trend. I learned all about it on Springwatch! Now I can announce I am rewilding the areas I don’t get around to weeding.

  6. Your flowers and birds are as beautiful as always. Our peonies are long gone, but our purple clematis that has been moved several times has made buds this year.

  7. Langholm always looks so picturesque and peaceful in your photos, Tom. I was really surprised to see the shot of the damage caused to the store. I guess nowhere is safe from this kind of thing.

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