Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who came across this boat, The Ship of Tolerance, an artwork on the Thames by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The sails are made by children from 40 London primary schools.  You can out more about it here.

ship of tolerance

Today we said goodbye to summer after a great week of sunny weather.  The contrast with yesterday’s cloudless skies could hardly have been more stark.  The only sun available was just outside the front door in floral form and that was as far as I cared to go as the rain was pouring down.

soggy sunflower tower

Then I got out my umbrella and walked to church in the rain where a choir which reached double figures and some good singing hymns injected cheer into a gloomy day.  (One of the readings was from the prophet Jeremiah who was even gloomier than the weather.)

When I got home, Mrs Tootlepedal and I were able to walk round the garden in a sloshy sort of way as the rain eased off for a while.  The non scientific rain gauge showed how much rain had arrived overnight.

unscientific rain gauge

The Charles Ross apples are well protected by their foliage and should provide source material for future tartes, chutneys and pies.

charles ross apples

We have been well supplied with turnips lately too.


Squelching across the lawns and paddling among the puddles soon lost its charm though and we went back in.

dahlia in rain

After lunch, we drove to Carlisle where Mrs Tootlepedal caught the train to London to visit our daughter and our new grandchild, and I went to sing with the Carlisle Community Choir.

The train was on time and even reached London a little early, so Mrs Tootlepedal was happy.  At the choir, we had a very good substitute conductor who got through a power of work, so I was happy too….or at least as happy as I could be in the absence of Mrs Tootlepedal who will be gone for a week.

With rain forecast for most days, and with Mrs Tootlepedal away and both Sandy and Dropscone on holiday, it looks as though it is going to be a quiet week ahead.  Still, the temperature is holding up well, so if there are any chances for a quick pedal or a walk, I should be able to take them.

No birds at all again today but an argyranthemum sportingly agreed to pose as the flying bird of the day for me.

argyranthemum in rain

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “Farewells

  1. A lovely looking turnip, happily undisturbed by flea beetles. I sympathize with your rain sorrows – we had 5 3/4″ between Friday morning and Saturday night – first time I’ve ever had to tip the gauge and start again!

  2. I looked up your beautiful argyranthemum, and found it is in the aster family. You might consider a page on your blog site with the annual cast of garden characters. Mrs. T. has an impressive assortment of flowers.

    On the bright side of all the wet weather over here, a neighbor got some alpacas a short time ago, and they are generating manure, which is being donated to our garden projects here. I am gleefully collecting it.

    1. It is always good to have a ready supply of manure. I am envious. Your blog page suggestion has made me think. It might be a plan for darkest winter.

  3. A very nice flying argyranthemum! I also liked the look of your turnip – what a gorgeous colour! I hope this week isn’t too dull for you with everyone away.

  4. We could use some of that rain. I’ve seen leaves crisping and browning instead of turning color on some trees.
    That’s a pretty turnip.
    I worked for a lady who was originally from England and she called argyranthemums “marguerite daisies.” She grew only yellow ones.

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