Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s recent walk. When the walkers stopped for lunch, a local resident pestered them for a share of their sandwiches and got very hoity toity when they refused.
We had some welcome sunshine today but I had a busy morning and the only part of it that was spent on my bike was when I cycled up to the High Street. I was there to do some archiving business and take some pictures which I had printed out for a fellow camera club member up to her. As our new archive base is in the newspaper office and the camera club member works there, I was able to hit two targets with a single arrow.
I got home in time to entertain Sandy to a cup of coffee. He bought with him some delicious home made muffins which a friend had given to him. We were able to send him off with some rhubarb and potatoes in return.
When he left, we went out to do some work in the garden.
I mowed the middle and front lawns and then took time out to have a walk round.
The sun flowers continue to attract customers…
…and the buddleias are equally popular.
Since it was a sunny day, I looked for sunny flowers and found a lot, some of them in the vegetable garden.
The St John;s Wort is a little garden paradise all on its own.
Although I intended just to take yellow flowers today, in the end I couldn’t ignore the reds.
The rambler rose is producing some late flowers.
And some of the poppies are soldiering on.
This is a sweet pea…
…and this is a sweet bean.
Actually, it is a runner bean but its beans tasted pretty good when we had them for tea.
Having had a rest, I put the push mower away and got out the hover mower to do the greenhouse grass. I had to put it away pretty sharply though because it started to rain heavily.
I had just about got inside when the rain stopped. I went out and it started again. This happened a couple of times and then I had an idea. I said very loudly to Mrs Tootlepedal, “I am giving up the idea of mowing and I am going in!”
Then as soon as the rain moved off to annoy someone else, I nipped out and got the mowing finished.
I made some soup for lunch using an onion and some potatoes that didn’t look as though they would store well and after we had had lunch, I settled down to work on the computer as the weather continued to be unreliable.
I got the charity return for the Archive Group under way. This was only nine months late, but that makes it quite prompt for me as I hate filling in forms and always leave it till the last possible moment (and beyond).
I was just copying some music as a relaxation after the form filling, when Mike Tinker popped in for a cup of tea and a ginger biscuit.
Not long after he left, my flute pupil Luke came and then it was time for tea. It had been a busy day.
The weather looked a bit settled by the time that we had finished our meal, so I suggested to Mrs Tootlepedal that we might try the walk that had been rained off yesterday. She thought that this was a good idea so we set off, armed with an umbrella this time just in case.
When you look at the size of the tree that was washed up on to the bank just before the Auld Stane Brig by last weekend’s flood, you can’t but feel that is was lucky that it didn’t go through the bridge and bang into it.
As we walked up the hill towards Hallcrofts, the sun came out and in typical fashion it also started to rain. Luckily the sun stayed out and the rain soon went away, so that by the time that we had got to the track through the recently felled wood, it was a beautiful evening.
Considering that the wood looked like this in February of last year…
…the amount of new growth is amazing and instead of crossing the stream by a bridge surrounded by gloomy conifers, we walked among young ash trees and luxuriant grasses and plants.
Mrs Tootlepedal hadn’t visited the wood since before it was felled and she was staggered by the changes.
Having crossed the bridge and walked up to the track on the far side of the burn…
…we walked home very pleased with our decision to go on our walk. We stopped on the way to admire a rainbow…
…and the view of Warbla in the evening sun…
…and to chat to friends whom we met along the way.
While I photographed the bigger picture, I asked Mrs Tootlepedal to keep en eye out for smaller things of interest. She spotted scabious, a well nibbled fungus, and a good crop of crab apples.
We got home at eight o’clock, conscious that the long summer nights are coming to an end in a month and shorter days will be back again all too soon.
The flying bird of the day is neither flying nor early but it has certainly got the worm.