This way and that

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  He wants us to know that the sun is still shining in East Wemyss.

sunshine in wemyss

Our spell of chilly mornings and warm afternoons continued, and as the sun was out all day in a cloudless blue sky, it was no hardship to get dressed a little earlier than usual and go out and enjoy the garden.

I did so in company with a dunnock.  It was darting round the rhododendrons singing lustily as it went.

dunnock on rhododendron

I had a look around and was  happy to see the first potential fruit on one of the espalier apples.

first apple bud

The reason for the early rise was that I had promised to take a couple of tea cakes up to Sandy.  He is still imprisoned in his house while recovering from a foot operation.  If we have felt the lockdown  to be occasionally a little tedious, have pity for Sandy who has not been able to get out and about for two months.  He was remarkable cheerful under the circumstances.

On my way up to see him, I found that the track up the hill is now lined by dandelions and where you get dandelions, you get friends of the dandelion…and notification of the inevitable passing of time.

up Jimmy's Brae

When I got back down the hill, the on street, physically distanced, socially interactive coffee morning was in full swing and I joined it for a while before going in to to see if our own dandelions were popular too.

They were, though they had to share the attentions of the insects with other flowers too.

insects on dandelion

The new fritillary may be somewhat sober on the outside, but look inside and there is a world of fun.

inside dull fritillary

New, more delicate tulips are arriving to join the showy ones already out…

four new tulips

…but the showy ones are still well worth a look…

inside a yellow tulip

…especially on a sunny day…

four luminous tulips

…and in combination with the last of the daffodils.

lawn and bed

As I roamed round the garden, I met charming accidental flowers (aka weeds)…

weed in garden

…and stunning intentional ones.  Mrs Tootlepedal pointed out a second Bordeaux anemone, this one looking towards the sun.

anemone in bloom

Although the grass in the garden has been very reluctant to grow, I mowed the middle lawn and then gave it a good watering.   I will do the same to the front lawn tomorrow if time permits.  They both need feeding but I am waiting until the soil warms up.

After lunch, I went for a cycle ride for my permitted exercise.

I had hoped to go a good distance as the day was set fair and the wind was supposed to be not too strong.  This turned out to be optimistic and as I cycled down the main road south, it was obvious that the breeze was as boisterous as ever.  When I got to Longtown and turned straight into the wind, I found that it was just too strong to make cycling fun so I gave up and headed back to Langholm.

The sight of many dandelions in the verges cheered me up…

dandelions on A7

…and the blue skies and an empty road made up for the breezy conditions.

top of new road

In fact I was so cheered up by the time that I had crossed the town bridge and enjoyed the poplars in the park…

poplars from bridge

…that I added a few more miles to my trip by cycling up to Cleuchfoot and back.

It really was a lovely day.

trees at cleuchfoot cottage

In the end, I managed 33 miles, not quite my original target but still not bad for a windy day.

And I got home in time to join my brother and sisters in a Zoom chat.

Mrs Tootlepedal made a lamb stew with dumplings for our tea and as somewhere in all this, I had found time to look at three crosswords, it must go down as a very satisfactory day.

It was still light after our meal and when I looked out of the window, I saw a collared dove considering the possibilities of the seed feeder.

dove on feeder 3

Unlike many current politicians, it made a good effort…

dove on feeder 2

…to look at both sides of the problem.

dove on feeder 1

While it was battling away, the flying bird of the day, a goldfinch, was peering cautiously round to see if there was a way of getting at the seed without being buffeted by the dove.

flying goldfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “This way and that

  1. I enjoyed all the photos, especially those bee panels. There are few honeybees about here this spring. It appears they have had a rough winter.

    The collared dove at the feeder and commentary is spot on. 🙂

  2. Your collared dove might find easier pickings on the ground 😀
    It was a gusty wind here today as well..and windier than it first appeared.
    I managed 28 hilly miles,but was totally spent by the end. Common sense should have told me to shorten the ride,but you know how it is when you set yourself a goal.
    You did a good distance given the conditions 👍

  3. The photograph of the red tulips is beautiful. Some of the Laughing Doves in our garden have found a way to latch onto the bird feeder, albeit awkwardly, and I occasionally see three of them battling to stay on – as Paul says, there are plenty of pickings on the ground yet they insist on ‘going to the source’.

  4. Crosswords. I too look at two or three a day. Unfortunately, that is all I seem able to do. Completion eludes me.

    1. I have been doing them for so long that my brother says it is cheating as I know all the possible answers. But I don’t generally look at very tricky puzzles.

  5. Beauty, beauty, beauty! How good of you to take tea cakes to Sandy. How long his confinement must feel. Glad to read he is taking it well. Also, this post surely illustrated the merits of dandelions.

  6. I think we should all move to East Wemyss! Stunning tulip photos and an equally stunning anemone. Clever shots of the bees- you must be very patient and I like the passing of time shots too.

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