A fond farewell

Today’s guest picture comes from my archives.  It was a grey and damp day here so I thought that this black and white picture of Skye with a lot of water in it, taken earlier in the year by our son Tony, was just the thing to match the day.

skye waterfall

As well as being damp and grey, it was very windy too, with the wind gusting to 30 mph all day, so it wasn’t much good for anything interesting.

I did note these sunflowers at the front of the house.  They were sold to Mrs T as a packet of seeds which would produce 5 foot high plants.  The one on the left is as per specification.  The one on the right must be about ten foot high.

big sunflower

As the light was poor and the wind strong, it was not an attractive day for a photographic walk or cycle ride so I just pottered once or twice round the garden while Mrs T was off at a meeting.

I found a dahlia which hadn’t been nibbles, a rare thing this year…

unnibbled dahlia

…and noted that we still have few campanulas still flowering, both white…

white campanula

…and blue.

blue campanula

This rudbeckia is well sheltered by other plants and stood sill enough to let me take the picture.

three rudbeckia

And this handsome white hosta was protected from the blast by the front hedge.

white hosta

It was dry enough to mow the middle lawn but I was sorry to see that the damp weather and the shorter days are bringing signs of moss back.  I edged the lawn just to make it look as good as it can at this time of year.

The perennial wallflower as been going for months, working on the principle of growing its stems up another inch and putting another flower on them when the old ones die.

perennial wallflower august

It looked like this on a sunny day in May.

perennial wallflower

I put two more weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database and I was very interested to see an article about a meeting of the Burgh Council in 1900.  This was the summary of the meeting:

 There was a discussion of great length about provision of WCs in the town. These included Matthew Knox wishing to install 2 behind his property, the size of the flush (too large) at the Conservative Club, Mr Grieve having installed a bath in his house in High Street and Miss Common having installed a WC at Montagu Street, all without advising the commissioners. Several commissioners thought it was time that sort of thing was put a stop to.

Quite right too, I thought.  To be fair, it was the demands on the town’s water supply that was exercising the commissioners’ minds.

Mrs Tootlepedal came back from her meeting and we combined some recycling of glass, metal and paper with shopping and that was the most exciting event of the day.

In the afternoon, I drove Mrs Tootlepedal down to Carlisle Station, and waved goodbye as she caught the train to London.  She is going to visit our daughter Annie to give her support and pay attention to our new granddaughter Evelyn Rose.

Life is always a lot duller when Mrs Tootlepedal is not at at home and as the weather forecast for the next day and a half is is very poor, I shall just have to find useful things to do indoors.  Still, a little flute practice never goes amiss.

No flying bird of the day as it was too windy for them so I have put in a very low flying flower instead.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

19 thoughts on “A fond farewell

  1. The dramatic guest photo needs some music to accompany it…Wagner?! Perennial wallflowers are amazing they never stop giving. Not sure your sunflowers will be getting much sun over the weekend!

  2. My neighbours planted some ‘eating’, as against ‘growing’, sunflower seeds, and likewise one is rogue like yours. Which is rather nice for me as it soars over our mutual hedge, turned towards the south, as it ought to.

  3. Congratulations on another granddaughter.
    I work at a place where we keep track of such things and it’s amazing how many gallons of water a toilet left running will use in a day, so I’m not surprised the Burgh Council had issues with Mr Grieve. I just wonder how they tracked it in those days.
    I’m a little disappointed that your anti moss formula doesn’t seem to be working.

    1. The anti moss formula has worked wonderfully and I have no complaints with at all. The lawns went from being mostly moss in spring to being very satisfactorily covered in grass by summer without me having to deal with dead moss at all (though I did a bit of scarifying. It hasn’t stopped raining in August and moss is a condition of life here in the winter months so the return of the moss is more a sign of the turning of the year than poor lawn care. I might try to put something on to counteract the acidity in the soil this autumn.

  4. Phew! That top picture is very dramatic. As another reader suggested, it needs accompanying music. I know you will miss Mrs. Tootlepedal, but I bet she will enjoy her time with that darling baby. Don’t think I’ve mentioned this, but Evelyn was the name of my great-grandmother and therefore has a special resonance. My Evelyn was born in northern Maine in the late 1800s, spoke French, never learned to speak English, and helped my great-grandfather farm many, many acres of potatoes. There. Personal history is over.

    1. The attitude is much the same as our present UK government whihc can’t see the point of spending good money on libraries, health centres and other wasteful things like that, so nothing much changes.

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