Trying the new editor

Note: This is my first effort at using the new WordPress Block Editor so I apologise if things don’t look quite right. WordPress are trying to force everyone to use the new editor by next month because they don’t have enough to do at their HQ without finding things to annoy their customers.

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce who spotted a tiny creature by the side of a track while on a walk. Closer inspection showed that it was a weasel. Well spotted.

We had a rather grey morning with a touch of rain but it blew away before street coffee time and although Liz, one of our members was off on a walk, we had plenty to talk about with Margaret and the sun came out to warm us up as we chatted.

After coffee, we went into the garden to put the roof on our two small fruit cages. The gooseberry and blackcurrant bushes seem to have survived the frost but the jury is still out on the raspberries.

After the cages were netted, I had a wander about.

I am of the opinion that even a very tattered anemone is better than no anemone…

…so I have put it in.

I was pleased to see a bee on an allium…

…and Mrs Tootlepedal was happy to see the first flowers on her beans and peas (well protected from the sparrows).

Serenaded by a very vocal thrush on an overhead wire…

…I mowed the middle lawn.

The fertiliser and moss eating mixture is doing its job and the lawn looks very green considering how dry it has been. The moss is on the run as long as you don’t look too hard.

After mowing the lawn it was time for lunch and I made some soup which we ate with a selection of cheese and some locally grown tomatoes.

I have had an order delivered from a specialist cheese chop in England and we have several more good looking bits of cheese waiting in the fridge.

After lunch, we enjoyed a digital chat with our granddaughter Matilda and her parents Al and Clare. I was happy to hear that they are taking life seriously and had just finished some lawn care of their own before coming on line.

Matilda was in very good form and read us an entire Dr Seuss book with great verve and confidence. This brought back happy memories of our own children.

After we had said goodbye, we went out for a walk in gloriously sunny weather, although it was still a little windy.

We went round Gaskell’s Walk and we were very amazed to see how much damage the recent frost has done to whole trees. This is an ash…

…on which every leaf had been blackened.

A view down the path which had previously been all green is now tinged with brown…

We don’t think we have seen a comparable effect on trees from a May frost before and we can only surmise that the two months of no rain before the frost is what has contributed to the damage.

Still, I wouldn’t like to suggest that it was not a very pleasant walk in the sunshine, and there was plenty to look at.

Such as butterflies doing what butterflies do in the spring….

…and wild flowers brightening up the path…

…which has been transformed from the time when it was a sombre conifer plantation.

When we came up onto the Stubholm, I could see the path up Castle Hill which I had followed on a recent walk…

…and more excitingly, Mrs Tootlepedal could see the stable where she is currently getting her horse muck for the garden.

She had prudently brought a small bucket and a trowel with her on our walk so I left her to the joys of guddling about in the muck heap, and walked on, coming down to join the path back to the town along the river bank.

I passed a very old tree stump…

…and enjoyed the blanket of wild garlic along the bank beside me as I got near to the park….

…where I found that the wild flowers had made the monster there look very much less threatening than usual.

It looked positively domestic, I thought.

Our friend Nancy sent me a message a day or two ago to say that trees round the church were being felled. I hadn’t had time to go and look for myself so it came as quite a shock when I saw the extent of the dendroslaughter today.

A complete set of rather gloomy cypresses surrounding the building has been removed, making the church look more welcoming in my view. The large stumps have been left but I hope that they are going to be dug out in time.

I got home before Mrs Tootlepedal and was mowing the front lawn when she got back with her bucket of muck. The front lawn is not yet in very condition but I haven’t given up hope that it will look presentable in two or three week’s time. If you don’t see a picture of it in June, you will know that I have failed.

To give myself a break during the mowing, I sat on our new bench with Mrs Tootlepedal and saw that the dicentras have gone to seed in a big way this year.

We don’t think that this is usual and wonder if this is another symptom of the odd weather we have had this spring.

I had time for another look round the garden before I went in for a cup of tea and the now traditional sibling Zoom meeting.

In the late afternoon sunshine, the geums looked good…

…the chives were thriving…

…and our first rose had come out to join a pair of alliums (just good friends), some unwelcome but pretty vetch which will have to go, and one of the indestructible tulips.

I hadn’t watched the birds all day but a pair of siskins appeared at just the right moment when I had finished my cup of tea…

…and one of them provided me with the flying bird of the day.

Just as I was about to publish the blog our friend Bruce rang up to suggest that I should look out of the window at the Monument. Then our neoghbour Hector came round to suggest that I should look at the monument. Then our neighbour Liz rang up to suggest that I should look at the monument.

I looked at the monument.

Some enterprising people were projecting NHS colours on to it.

Footnote: The new block editor is simple to use but actually makes things a little slower for me as it does not let me put all the pictures in at once and then add the text. Just because I could, I have increased the text size for this post and would be interested to hear if this is helpful to readers or not.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

42 thoughts on “Trying the new editor

  1. I love the monster. Your post looks fine on the block editor. It’s interesting to me in that it seems to take a little longer to load. Anyway, I’ve been using it for so long now I have forgotten what it was like before, but I think when you get used to it, you’ll be more comfortable with its functionality. Not sure what you mean about not being able to put all your photos in at once. I always put my pictures in and then start writing around them. You can also move things around… But I bet you’ll be a whiz at this very soon.

  2. Since I have glaucoma I don’t mind the larger text but Windows 10 users can get larger text by pressing Ctrl + or smaller text with Ctrl -. I really wish WordPress would leave well enough alone.
    I’ve never seen seed pods on a dicentra but they do come up all over the yard here so they must produce plenty of seeds.
    That’s too bad about the frosted trees. I hope they’ll have time to recover.

    1. I expect that the trees will recover but it was a shock to see them so badly affected.
      The dicentra seed pods are curious. Mrs T doesn’t think that she has seen them before. Another effect of the drought perhaps.

  3. Guddling, dendroslaughter – your blog does expand my vocabulary! I prefer the smaller font. I could change the display resolution on my screen, but would then have to revert to the default when I’m not reading your blog. However – I’ve been on the planet long enough to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around me – so change away as you like!

      1. Now that I am reading in order, and viewing this post on my iPad instead of phone, more thoughts on the block editor—I find the larger type easy to read but less aesthetically pleasing. Ease of reading might be more important than aesthetics to many. I wonder if the font changed, too. It just doesn’t look as elegant. I dread having to start using it. I tried it once and found it counter intuitive.

  4. I thought your photos looked even more crisp and bright than they normally are. I use an iPad and don’t have the WordPress app so that may be why I can’t send a photo? This new format was very easy for me to read. .
    The frost on the ash trees is sad. When you originally posted the low temp for that day, 3 c, I had to look up the conversion, which is 37 F. Usually here it has to go to 32 F before we experience a frost. We had one last weekend. I think our weather patterns are very similar, although no drought here.

    1. Our temperature fell to minus three degrees so that was well below freezing. A friend suggested that it might even have been as low as minus five.

  5. Sigh… I dread having to deal with more Word Press changes. It seems I hit the wrong button some time back and ended up in the awful block editor. My brain is getting far too rusty to deal with such changes gracefully. You, on the other hand seem to have settled into it like a pro.

  6. Agreed. I’ve been using the new editor for a long while, and still find it irritating that you can’t put all the pictures in at one time. On the other hand, I think I’ve speeded up, and that it doesn’t take very much longer now. It’s just very annoying.

  7. The enlarged text size is good for me, the monument was quite a sight and I am going to try to stick with Classical Editor on WordPress not liking change too much.

  8. Lawn is looking very fine. Astounded by the look of the Ash, thought it was indestructible. Ours just drop their leaves in summer drought and come back fine the next year. Hope the same happens with you. We’re feeling very cheered by the reappearance of tree planters on the canal. Lockdown had halted their work and they’ve been freed up just in time for the last planting window here.

    You seem to have got the hang of the block editor just fine. We’re steering clear of it for as long as possible.

  9. Our experience has been that the very strong winds have killed sections of the trees. I have always believed in increasing text size – and changing the font, which I couldn’t do yesterday.
    I do like a man who can follow a string of hints.

  10. The text size looks good to me. Larger text is always easier on older eyes.

    Your spring photos are as enjoyable as always. The monument with NHS colors panel was interesting. A tribute?

  11. All those lovely walks through the dells and shades with bells and garlic covering the banks…just lovely. Great to see a weasel- haven’t seen one for years! Lighting up the monument is a splendid idea and an excellent way to say thanks! The larger text is beneficial to my eyes- I have no idea which WordPress!

  12. I didn’t realise guddling could be used for activities other than fishing. I live and learn. Looked up dendroslaughter to see if anyone else had ever used it but only got one hit – your blog. Well done!

    It’s a shame we need the word, but it’s good you have managed to invent a new word.

    1. You can fish about in a pocket for your keys so you can guddle about too I would think. I apologise for the neologism but it came to my mind as I passed the tree stumps.

      1. No apologies necessary – it is a good neologism. Wiktionary gives a number of meanings for guddle – it’s an impressive word.

        To catch fish with the hands, especially by groping under stones or at the banks of a stream.
        To dabble (as a duck).
        To play in the gutters, mud or puddles.
        To do work of a dirty or greasy nature.

  13. Great post, and no complaints. You have explained to me what this new “Block Editor” is about, I haven’t got around the old one I use yet, being quite IT illiterate these days. I’m afraid I hate seeing trees felled especially large ones. To have survived so many years then destroyed in an instant. Those frosts up there in the borders must have been fierce to cause the trees and bushes to go brown. Everything down here has remained very green and lush. Cheers.

  14. The idea of having to use the new editor is making me very nervous indeed. I have only ever used the oldest editor and to have to learn to use a new one with my inability to understand ‘IT speak’ is extremely disconcerting.
    Your posts are always a joy to read and this one is no exception.

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