Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He knows that I like cascades, so he sent me this picture of the Calton Steps in Edinburgh today.
We had showers here today but nothing like they must have had in Edinburgh. It was the sort of day when every time that you poked your nose out into the garden, it started to rain and as soon as you went back in, it stopped.
Nevertheless, it stayed dry in the morning long enough for us to cut back the climbing hydrangea and the clematis over the back door.
These two plants are very fine, but they will send new shoots up the wall and under the gutter every year so they have to be kept under control.
After we had cleaned up, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to a meeting and I walked round the garden to check on the flowers. There were enough bright blooms to offset the general gloominess of the day…
…though I noticed that the bloke whose job it is to paint the blackbirds hadn’t got any better.
As it was still dry, I got the mower out and began to mow the middle lawn. It immediately started to rain quite heavily so I retreated back inside, taking the mower with me.
I put some pea and potato soup on to cook and as soon as the rain stopped, I dashed out and finished mowing the lawn. I noticed that we have had over 7 cm of rain recently and it is a tribute to how dry it was earlier in the year, that I could easily mow the lawn even after a sharp shower.
There have been no coloured butterflies about because of the rain over the past two days but the white butterflies are a hardier breed and there were several fluttering about today.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal set about trimming some more of our low hedges and I put on the computer hoping to catch up with a backlog of work. My hopes were dashed by one of those Windows updates when I switched on. As this one took well over two hours, I had time on my hands so I went out into the garden.
It started to rain.
However, on this occasion, the rain was light and intermittent so I joined in the trimming business and turned a golden box ball back into a green box ball.
Then Mrs Tootlepedal and I took a break from our labours (and the rain), and sat on the bench under the shelter of the walnut tree and contemplated the phine phlox at the phar end of the lawn.
The geraniums have been flowering for months and today they were joined by the first Michaelmas daisy….
…while the calendulas and pink astilbes are providing some brighter colour.
The butterflies may have been put off by the weather but we had plenty of bees in the garden. This one was visiting a hosta.
And wherever you look at the moment, you are almost sure to see several sparrows.
Mike Tinker dropped in for a cup of tea. He is dog sitting for his daughter and Alison and he had taken the dogs for a walk and just got home before the next shower arrived. He was very cheerful about that.
After he left, I returned to my computer and found that it had finally finished updating. This was a relief.
I had thought of going for a cycle ride before our evening meal, but I am glad that I didn’t because there was yet another heavy shower of rain and I would have got soaked.
After tea, the weather looked as though it might be better for a while so I went out for a short walk.
Down at the river, the habitually lone gull had been joined by youngsters….
…one of whom posed nicely for me.
My gull knowledge is extremely sketchy but I think this is an adult and two first year young.
Further along the river, the mallards had settled down for a snooze.
By the time that I had got to the Kilngreen, the sun had come out and for the rest of my walk I enjoyed some late evening warmth.
I crossed the Sawmill Brig and took the new path round the edge of the Castleholm. The trees beside the path were full of life…
..but the outright winner was the noble fir with its masses of enormous cones.
It was a perfect evening for a walk and even the midges kept away.
I walked round the Scholars Field, entertained by the merry cries of footballers practising on the artificial pitch and then, after a noticing a final set of cones…
…I made my way home as the low sun lit up Warbla.
It looks likely that there will be more rainy days to come so it was lucky that I got that long ride in when the weather was good last Friday.
On one occasion when I was out in the garden today, I looked up and saw half a dozen starlings sitting on the power cables but I was too slow to get my camera and catch them sitting in a neat line.
The upside of this is that I have a flying bird of the day today, even if it was by accident.