Sunshine sandwich

Today’s guest picture is a second from my brother’s trip to Tamworth.  As well as the colourful gardens, he enjoyed the contrast between the Tamworth’s ancient bridge and the modern buildings behind it.

Tamworth Bridge

We woke up to sunshine.  It was hard to believe but it was undoubtedly there.  After breakfast, I went out into the garden to enjoy it.

The sunflowers looked more cheerful too.

sunflower group

The sedum is getting flushed with pink…

pink sedum

…and the last of the poppies are still hanging on…

deep red poppy

…but a nasturtium, positively sparkling with joy, took the prize.

sparkling nasturtium

There were even a few butterflies about.  The red admirals seem to like resting on hosta leaves to gather warmth.

buttefly on hosta

Sadly, the sunshine didn’t last for long and we were soon back to gusty winds and frequent rain showers.  I made some potato soup for lunch and while it was cooking, Mrs Tootlepedal noticed a jackdaw making free with our plums.  The miscreant tried to hide behind a leaf when it saw us looking at it, but the well pecked plum in front of it was a giveaway.

jackdaw at the plums

In light of the poor weather, I devoted the afternoon to musical matters until Mike Tinker dropped in for a cup of tea (and the last of the biscuits).

It was still raining off and on when he went, but I was confident that the worst was behind us and I persuaded Mrs Tootlepedal to come out for a short walk when it had finally stopped.

I carried an umbrella just in case but I had no need for it, as the evening turned out to be much like the early morning.

We passed a large number of ducks on the banks of the Ewes Water as we went along the Kilngreen…

ducks on kilngreen

…and there was an old friend there too.

heron on kilngreen

We walked across the Sawmill Brig and onto the Castleholm.  It was looking lush and green…

view of castleholm

…and the Lodge Walks had a refreshed look about them too.

lodge walks september

The gaps along the side of the Walks, where trees have been taken out, have made room for wild saplings to spring up.  Mrs Tootlepedal tells me that this is an ash.

new ash tree

Even when the mature trees are still there, views can be gained by peering through the branches.

warbla from Lodge walks

We were passed by some traffic and looking back as it passed us, I wondered of whom it reminded me.  But there were too many choices so I stopped wondering and walked on.

horse rider

We went past the Lodge and came back down the other side of the Castleholm.  One of my favourite trees looks at its best at this time on a sunny evening.

pine tree castleholm

Looking across at the trees that line the Lodge walks, it was apparent that autumn is on its way as the leaves are just starting to lose a little colour here and there.

back of lodge walks

In the shade beside the paths on our way home, I could see red campion…

red campion

…and snowberries.

snowberry

After the gloom of the last few days, a sunny walk was most welcome and we had worked up an appetite for the rest of the sausage stew and some courgette fritters for our tea.  They went down well.

No flying bird of the day today.  Indeed this bird looks as though it has hardly got a feather to fly with.

moulting blackbird

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, novice photogrpaher

25 thoughts on “Sunshine sandwich

  1. I’ve been seeing and hearing about lots of super tall sunflowers this year.
    Nice shot of the sparkly nasturtium. That’s a hard color to manage on a good day.
    It’s nice to see Mr. Grumpy and the views are beautiful but I’m not so crazy about those already changing trees. I’ve heard a lot about their kind recently too.

  2. A wonderful shot of the sunflowers, shot from below. I like the way the petals are folded in against the dark centre of the tallest plant. As always, the photo of the Lodge Walks makes me want to enter the photo and start walking – such an inviting road!

  3. We tend to get more wasp than bird damage in our own plums. The surprised jackdaw hiding behind a leaf beside his partially eaten plum is a priceless photo! Birds do that with apples here, drilling the top of the apple come late September and October. From the ground, it looks like a perfectly good apple, as I can’t see their handiwork. When I climb up and pick it, I get splashed with water in the face if there has been a recent rain which fills the drilled out part on top. I swear I can hear the birds laughing nearby.

    1. I quite believe about the laughing birds. We expected to get a lot of wasp damage as there were quite a few about a week or to ago but they seem to have disappeared. This is a good thing as picking plums which turn out to have wasps in them is not a fun occupation.

  4. Enjoyed walking with you through your lovely photos . Many pretty views and vistas to see especially through Lodge Walks. Mr Grumpy looks quite relaxed and happy for him but that poor Mrs Blackbird looks very sad…oh dear!

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