Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s holiday in Forres. He and his daughter Susan went down to see the sea at the mouth of Findhorn Bay. There was a lot of sand about
The weather today was as confused as the forecasts. It couldn’t really make up its mind whether it was raining or not but it was dry enough in the morning to let me walk around the garden and admire Crown Princess Margareta’s latest flower.
I looked at it again in the afternoon and in spite of the gloomy and drizzly conditions, the flower showed clear signs of development.
As there are obviously more flowers waiting to come out, we can only hope that we don’t get a frosty morning soon.
Mrs Tootlepedal’s plan of planting small sunflowers with many blooms from one stem has paid off handsomely. There are cheerful clumps all over the garden.
This web of droplets could have done with a little sunshine to make them sparkle.
As well as the Crown Princess, Lilian Austin is doing her best to provide us with end of season colour.
As the day didn’t look very promising, I went in to do some work updating the Langholm Archive Group web pages and had to dust off some rather rusty memories of HTML, PHP and Cascading Style Sheets. I thought that I had done a reasonable job of getting it up to date but when I double checked after writing that previous sentence, I found that there is still some work to be done.
When I got up from the computer, the drizzle had stopped so I got my bicycle out and headed off to do 20 miles. No sooner had I got half a mile from the house, than the drizzle started again and as I went along, the drizzle turned to rain.
I had sound waterproof socks on and I was wearing an efficient rain jacket so the rain wasn’t a great problem (apart from making me go cautiously round corners). All the same, I didn’t want to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere if conditions got worse, so I pedalled up and down the 7 miles to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back three times to get my distance.
The camera stayed well tucked up in a waterproof pocket.
I had a late lunch and then watched the men’s cycling world championship time trial on the telly. The winner did 54km (about 34 miles) in 1 hour and 5 minutes. I had taken 1 hour and 33 minutes to do 33km. These professional cyclists are superhuman.
When the time trial had finished, I checked on the weather and as the drizzle had stopped, I went out for a walk round the garden.
The fuchsias in one spot have done so badly over recent years that Mrs Tootlepedal moved most of them but this one plant that remained has flowered well just to spite her.
After a very slow start, when it looked as though they weren’t enjoying the summer at all and were also getting badly attacked by slugs, this bunch of dahlias is looking better by the day.
Having walked round the garden, I got my unused cycling camera out again and took it for a short walk.
It was dank and gloomy….
…but there are still plenty of leaves on the trees.
It is a mixed picture with autumn colour here and there…
…and fresh greenery there too.
When I looked out over the town, I could just see the tops of the hills.
It was so gloomy that I had to use my flash to take any pictures of detail as I went along.
There were not a lot of wild flowers to be seen.
I couldn’t make up my mind if this growth on a dead tree branch was fungus or lichen.
The park wall has a positive garden growing on top of it…
…and a fine crop of pixie cup lichens sprouting out of the side.
When I got in, it was time for my evening meal and I enjoyed some fish cakes with runner beans from the garden.
It has been a quiet day in the absence of Mrs Tootlepedal (who is having a satisfactory time in London visiting our daughter and new granddaughter) but with a short walk, a short pedal, some flute practising and a bit of useful computer work, it hasn’t been entirely wasted.
I even managed to get a flying bird of the day as a starling launched itself of an electricity wire.