Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He gets up very early to walk his dogs before going to work and thus can take pictures like this with his phone.
We had yet another day of intermittent showers, some very heavy and almost all quite short. The shortest lasted about a minute but was quite intense while it was in action.
I started the day by filing down a key. When we moved the Archive Group to its new premises, we got some keys cut to let members in to work. Some of the keys fitted the lock but others didn’t and I have been meaning to sort the ill fitting ones out for some time. Like many of my little plans though, nothing actually happened until I got a call today to do something about it. Galvanised by this, I got busy with a little file and went up to the office where, rather to me surprise, the key now fitted and opened the door. I delivered the key to the member who had asked for it, and she was probably even more surprised than I was.
Encouraged by this, I resolved to risk getting wet, and went off for a bike ride. Once again the wind was very unhelpful and made cycling hard work, so I settled for fifteen miles, making sure that I had the wind behind me on the return journey. The sun came out as I pedalled home and Wauchopedale looked very inviting.
When I got back, I had a cup of coffee and then walked round the garden.
This poppy had given all it had to give to passing bees…
…but the buddleia still has plenty left to attract butterflies….
…and the Michaelmas daisies are not short of pull either.
Sadly, the sweet peas have had their day and I gave Mrs Tootlepedal a hand as she demolished the imposing structure which had given them support.
Nearby, I admired the fine mint plant next to the greenhouse. It is, as they say, in mint condition.
Round the front lawn, the yellow crocosmias are making a good show.
It was a pleasantly warm day, and after we had finished with the sweet peas, Mrs Tootlepedal and I sat on the new bench and had a rest. From the bench I could see a good crop of Japanese anemones climbing above a hedge…
…and a good flock of sparrows clustered on the silver pear.
Then it was time for lunch.
After lunch, we went out into the garden again.
When Mrs Tootlepedal had been cutting down the potentillas on the dam side yesterday, I had noticed that the fuchsia further along the house wall was looking good, so I took a picture of it today.
I had also noticed a plant with many tiny white flowers on it and Mrs Tootlepedal tells me that it is lemon balm.
The camera club has had a small exhibition running in the community cafe in Canonbie for some time, but it is coming to an end this week and we are going to take the pictures up to The Hub in Eskdalemuir, where they will be on show during September. The organiser there had asked me to paint a pen portrait of the camera club and provide a poster for the exhibition, so I went in and did my best to meet her requirements.
Then there was time for another garden check to see if there were any birds wanting to have their picture taken.
A blackbird gave me that fashionable over the shoulder pose…
…and a dunnock tried for the same effect but didn’t quite have the neck and shoulder for it.
I took a final picture…
…and went back in.
Mrs Tootlepedal and I checked over our potato crop fairly carefully to take out any tubers which had been forked or were suffering from slugs. We put the rest of the crop into storage. For one reason or another, we had managed to spear quite a lot of potatoes when we were digging them up but the slug damage was very slight so we were pleased to have enough to last for some time.
Although there was a hint of rain in the air when we had finished sorting the potatoes, I went for a short walk. Along the way, there were unwelcome signs of the turning of the year to be seen.
…and unwelcome, although pretty, invasive plants to be found.
And there was a token of how strong the winds have been in the form of a pile of branches beside the path…
…which turned out to be from a substantial limb which had split from a tree.
I didn’t walk as far as I intended as I fell into conversation with a friend whom I met on the way and we had a lively discussion about life and politics which took some time. There were a couple of short, sharp showers while we talked but as we were under a well leafed tree, we were unaffected. In the end, we broke off our debate and walked back together, heeding the call of the evening meal.
No flying bird of the day today, but I felt that the resident dragons in the park were taking a keener interest in me than usual as I walked by them today, so I have put them in to keep them happy.