Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She was having a cup of coffee beside the Paddington Canal basin when she was greeted by an appropriate bear.
The main business of the morning was the Common Riding church service where a presentation was made to our choirmaster and organist Henry, this year’s cornet. We had a more than adequate replacement in the choir loft and we sang a selection a popular hymns with great gusto, and threw in a three verse introit and an anthem too.
As the congregation was much larger than usual, it would be fair to say that we made a joyful noise today.
The service started later and took longer than usual, so it took up most of the morning but the late start gave me time to wander about the garden before going to church.
It was a cloudy day and the light gave me a chance to get a good look at our St John’s Wort which is thriving uninvited in a patch in the vegetable garden
Its cheerful berries are almost as good as its bright flowers.
The Queen of Denmark is lasting very well and adds a touch of class to the garden.
Under the groaning plum tree, the first flowers of alstroemeria are poking their heads out.
…and the purple clematis nearby enjoyed a brief burst of sunshine.
The poppy of the day is one of those that look as though they have been made of crushed tissue paper…
…and the white flower behind it is a sort of achillea.
I have tried and failed to get a good picture of our white astilbe but the camera finds the pink one a little more sympathetic.
When we came back from church, the skies were very gloomy but Mrs Tootlepedal got busy tidying up the garden, clearing away many of the flowers that are over. I made myself useful when I could and made a pot of coffee to keep the gardener going.
The forecast was very gloomy with heavy rain promised in the afternoon, so we didn’t make any plans. Once again an interesting stage of the Tour de France gave us something to watch while the day got gloomier outside. In the end though, the rain which poured down on the Open Golf in Northern Ireland, must have passed just to the north of us and it remained dry enough outside for me to have gone cycling. As my feet were feeling the effects of yesterday’s short walk a bit, I was quite happy to put them up, and I didn’t grieve at the lost opportunity too much (or indeed, at all).
I was half thinking of an evening ride but an occasional light drizzle and the need for a visit to the shop put paid to that and day turned out to be a day of rest, very suitable to a Sunday.
The light was so poor that the most interesting thing I saw when I was looking out of the window at the birds was this phlox, growing in the bed in front of the window.
There were a few birds about…
…but not many.
We are getting regular updates from London and we are very pleased to be told that our new granddaughter Evelyn, is progressing well and all is well with her parents too.
Today’s short post will make up for the excessive length of yesterday’s offering and as tomorrow’s weather seems to have a lot of rain in it, perhaps things will be quiet again.
The nearest that I could get to a flying bird of the day was this collared dove which had been flying shortly before I took its picture.
17 thoughts on “Saluting our organist”
Glad you have had good updates of Evelyn and her parents. That St John’s Wort was really beautiful.
I agree re. the St. John’s Wort – a great shot of a very pretty plant. Your photos of new potatoes sent me out to our garden to pull a hill or two – a heavenly treat!
Our earlies have done exceptionally well this year and they taste good too which is a bonus.
I think that’s one of the best photos I’ve seen of a St. Johns Wort. Close to perfect, I’d say. I’ve never seen the fruit on our kind though.
Astilbe is another one that isn’t easy. I tried a purple one a while ago.
I’m glad you aren’t getting the terrible heat that we are. A cloudy day will be welcome when it happens.
I have been reading about your heat and feeling very glad to live in a more temperate area as 90 degrees and above would do for me. I would be lucky to have enough strength to lie down! I hope that you get some relief soon. I was very pleased with the St John’s Wort though I must admit that I got some help from Photoshop on the way.
I don’t think a little help from Photoshop is a crime, especially when it produces such beautiful results.
For the first time in my life heat kept me inside near the air conditioner all weekend. It was close to unbearable.
You have my sympathy.
I do like St John’s Wort, which we have; and Alstroemeria, which we don’t
Glad you had plenty of support for the choir on the special occasion and were able to make a joyful noise.
Wonderful to make a joyful noise! Could you send some across the pond? Maybe it will drown out the unjoyful noise we have been hearing from DC.
We were singing as loudly as we could. I am surprised that you didn’t hear us. 🙂
Love the St John’s Wort and poppy photos.
We are keeping quite a lot of colour still, which is good.
A soothing day of rest is sometimes just the thing.