Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia’s visit to the low countries. She found herself on a very straight section of an Amsterdam canal where one can see seven bridges in a row….if one has very good eyesight.
It was a still and misty morning when we got up, and when I went to put the wheely bin out, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of web action in the hedge.
A helpful passer by pointed out a near perfect traditional web…
…but most of the webs were very fine and rather than having jewel like water droplets on them, the droplets were so fine that I had to enlarge the pictures before I could them.
I had hoped to go for a cycle ride as it was not raining and there was hardly any wind, a perfect day to end September’s cycling, but unfortunately my slight cold had got worse and my chest was suggesting quite forcibly that any great exertion might not be a good thing.
I settled for bird watching…
…and checking on the flowers.
As they day warmed up, quite a few butterflies appeared and once again the few remaining buddleia flowers were a great draw.
There are hardly any buddleia flowers left though, so other flowers were in use too…
…though the sedums were not popular at all. This is a bit odd as they look to be in good condition and are usually a great magnet for butterflies.
After a while the mist cleared and the sun came out. It was pleasant enough for me to sit on the new bench for a while. From it, I could admire the calendulas…
…and the curly tongue of a butterfly on a rudbeckia…
…and a bee which didn’t mind sitting right next to me.
Sitting on the bench made me think of the state of the lawn. In spite of the rainy weather, it has been quite warm and the grass has been growing, so I got the mower out and gave the middle lawn a cut.
When I had cut it, I looked back at the bench.
Although the lawn looks pretty good in the picture, it does have a lot of weeds in it…
…as I have gone off the idea of using weedkiller on the lawns. I may have the strength to do some hand weeding over the next few weeks or I may just settle for having a green but weedy lawn.
I made some lentil and carrot soup for our lunch and then went off with Sandy to collect the pictures from the Camera Club’s exhibition at the Hub at Eskdalemuir.
The manager at the Hub was very enthusiastic about the exhibition and told us that it had been well received by visitors. We had even sold three pictures.
Although the sun had gone in again, it was a fine afternoon with good light so the drive up and down the valley was no hardship at all. I just wished that I had been able to get out on my bike.
When we got back, I dropped Sandy off at his house and then had a walk round our garden. The St John’s Wort has got some late flowers and a fine selection of berries.
After the success of mowing the middle lawn, I was going to mow the front lawn too, but when I looked at it, it seemed a bit tired so I got the scarifier out and gave it a light scarifying. I was extremely pleased to find how little moss the sacrifier brought up, a great tribute to the moss eating lawn treatment.
I mowed off the results of the scarifying and the end result was quite satisfactory.
All this was more than enough exercise for the day and I went in and joined Mrs Tootlepedal who was relaxing after a little light gardening.
In the evening, while I played duets with my flute pupil Luke, she made courgette fritters to go with the last of the venison stew and a very successful tarte tatin. I must say that as a way of eating apples, tarte tatin comes high on my list of good methods.
I think if anything, my cold seems to be getting a little worse so another day of good weather may go to waste tomorrow, but I can always hope for a miracle cure.
The (almost) flying bird of the day is a starling taking off from Irving’s holly tree.