Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew and shows a rather desolate city beach in Derby. He tells me that it was fully booked and occupied in the sunshine a couple of days ago.
There wouldn’t have been much demand for deck chairs in Langholm either today as it was just as wet and miserable here as in Derby.
We were very lucky to have got through Common Riding day with such kindly weather yesterday and personally, I was quite happy to have an excuse for a very quiet day today after all the excitement.
Matilda took her parents back to Edinburgh after lunch, but not before handing out a sound thrashing to mother, father, grandfather and grandmother at a game of Pelmanism. However, to balance things up, she was a graceful loser at Beggar My Neighbour.
I did go out into the garden with her to pick a few beans for her to take home, but it was only a few because as soon as we started picking, the light drizzle turned into heavy rain.
It was very gloomy and not a day for garden pictures as even the brightest flowers were a bit depressed…
…and yesterday’s pink poppies were absolutely shattered.
I filled up the bird feeder after our visitors left and a few sparrows turned up and tucked in.
The new sunflower growing up beside the nuts can be clearly seen on the right of the nut feeder.
More sparrows arrived and a little drama played out.
With a female on the left hand a perch, a male had a look for a place…
…and when he din’t find one, he turned and threatened the incumbent…
…and even resorted to some ungentlemanly jostling.
When then didn’t work, he gave up all pretence of manners and simply trod on the poor bird while eating seeds over the top of her.
Just when we had plenty of time to spare, the Tour de France organisers severely cut the length of today’s final mountain stage but it still remained exciting and we shall be at a loss as to how to waste time next week when the tour has finished.
We might see a little sunshine tomorrow as well as some more rain but the humidity is still very high so although things have cooled down, life is still not very comfortable.
After the great number of pictures yesterday, today’s brief post has been a bit of a relief for me and very probably for patient readers as well, but as another year in the Langholm calendar rolls by, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who take time to read the posts and/or look at the pictures, and in particular those who take the time to add the regular comments that enliven the blog.
A rather gloomy sparrow is the flying bird of the day.