Today’s appropriate guest picture comes from my brother Andrew, who came across this ‘brolly art’ on a visit to Banbury.
Mrs Tootlepedal bought some sunflower seed this year which promised low growing multi stemmed flowers. There was obviously a ringer in the packet though, as one plant is about nine foot high….
…and can only be appreciated by leaning out of an upstairs window.
It was a very wet day with persistent rain, so I was happy to welcome Dropscone for coffee, especially as he came with a heap of his excellent Friday treacle scones. In spite of the wet weather, he told me that he had found a dry day during the week to go to play in the seniors’ golf competition at Hawick. Although his golf score had not threatened the leaders, he had won a raffle prize and had enjoyed the outing.
It was frankly a rather depressing day and the only thing that got me out of the house in the afternoon was a check on the dam…
…which was beginning to rise.
We thought it prudent to have a look at the new sluice gate at Pool Corner so I went up and was relieved to find it looking very reliable.
It is set slightly open to avoid the swollen river putting too much pressure on the retaining wall so there was a steady flow down the dam…
…and the wall was holding back a lot of water…
…though nothing much as it was last Saturday when the river was so high that you couldn’t see the caul at all. It was clearly to be seen today.
This was all reassuring.
I followed the Wauchope down to the spot where it flows under the Kirk Brig and joins the Esk. The Wauchope has shifted a considerable amount of over the past week, and it is now flowing over a small cascade to join the bigger river.
…and on this occasion, it was adding more than its fair share of water to the Esk.
On the other side of the Wauchope, I could see a family of goosanders having a quiet sit down.
The rain eased off enough as I went home to let me walk round the garden without getting too wet.
I saw a promising plum.
In fact, I didn’t just see it, I picked it and ate it. It tasted very promising. I hope that we get enough good weather to ripen the plums properly before they all split in the rain.
As well as being wet, it was also windy and three phloxes which Mrs Tootlepedal has recently transplanted needed every bit of help from their supporting canes that they could get. You can see the salvias being bent by the breeze in the background.
The dahlias have had a hard time. As well as being seriously nibbled, the weather has been poor ever since they came out and I am surprised whenever I see a flower looking half decent.
The argyranthemums smile though their tears.
Another excursion was a quick drive to the Co-op to do some shopping for our tea, not a very exciting prospect. However, as we combined shopping with cheerful conversation with several friends we met in the store, it did brighten our day a bit.
In the early evening, I took my entries for the Canonbie Flower Show up to Sandy. He has a friend who always does well in the photographic section of the show staying with him, and she and her husband very kindly agreed to take both his and my pictures down to the hall and get them properly entered. I hope to go down tomorrow and see how they have done.
Further day brightening was applied by the arrival of Mike and Alison later in the evening, and Alison and I tinkled and tootled away to provide a musical end to a very dull day.
There were no flying birds today but at least the goosanders got up and did a bit of walking.