Toady’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She came across these very large fungi on one of her regular morning walks recently.
It had been raining overnight and it was still raining when we got up. It continued to rain and as I thought that it might never stop, I nipped out into the garden in a quieter moment and took some cheerful flower shots to add a bit of gaiety to this post. I will sprinkle them among the gloomy birds.
I donned full waterproof gear and walked to the shop for supplies, but otherwise the morning and afternoon were devoted to entertaining and being entertained by Evie when she wasn’t having a snooze.
Evie has full waterproof gear too and she took her mother out for a walk on the lawn just to show her that it really was raining.
After lunch, I looked at the birds. When the sparrow family visits the feeder, it is time for action.
…with aggressive face offs common.
Sunny flower 1:
The sparrows are keen on trampling on the rights of others in the…
…insatiable lust for seed.
Not all sparrows are hooligans. Some are not at all happy at this sort of behaviour.
Sunny flower 2:
As the afternoon went on, there were several opportunities for more peaceful portraits as other birds arrived.
I was pleased to see a robin…
…and I think that this one may have been a victor in a territorial battle as we saw another one too and some chasing going on.
Sunny flower 3:
We have plenty of young blackbirds in the garden at the moment.
We had been threatened with strong winds but there was merely enough breeze to ruffle a siskin’s feathers.
This was little consolation to a goldfinch. Goldfinches frequently seem to get wetter than other birds.
Sunny flower 4:
When it came to the Tootlepedal family, the prize for getting wet was easily won by Mrs Tootlepedal. BBC Scotland had unfortunately chosen this day to interview members of the Langholm Moor buy out group on the moor. She got very wet indeed.
The day was drifting to a close with our evening meal when it became apparent that it had finally stopped raining. It was Evie’s bedtime and Mrs Tootlepedal had had enough of the great outdoors, so I went out for a walk round the Becks by myself.
The nights are beginning to draw in, but I was able to walk a couple of miles with enough light to record a handsome wild flower garden thoughtfully nurtured by a local resident to brighten up the track past Holmwood…
…and to notice that there wasn’t nearly as much water running under the Becks Burn bridge as I thought that there would be.
The clouds had nearly cleared the monument…
…as I walked down the road after crossing the bridge and I was entertained by a lot of shouting and bawling from young buzzards demanding attention from a parent. It flew off, leaving the youngsters sitting in a tree each.
There were lots of a pretty red wild flower in the hedges and some honeysuckle too.
The red flower is an orpine and a look on the internet gave me more information about it than I really required. How many names does a flower need?
Eleven apparently: Hylotelephium telephium (synonym Sedum telephium), known as orpine, livelong, frog’s-stomach, harping Johnny, life-everlasting, live-forever, midsummer-men, Orphan John and witch’s moneybags. It is a succulent perennial groundcover of the family Crassulaceae native to Eurasia.
So now you know. (Most of you probably knew that already.)
There was quite a bit of water running down the Esk and the Wauchope when I got back to the town…
…but not a great flood. I had a look at Mary Jo’s scientific rain gauge when I went home and found that it had only recorded three and a half inches over several recent rainy days. I have come to the conclusion that it may have been raining a lot but the rain can’t have been very wet.
As it intends to rain for some of the next three days as well, I hope it continues to be this sort of rain and not properly wet stuff.
In spite of all the sparrows, the flying bird of the day is a greenfinch.
Footnote: Our friend Nancy called round in the afternoon with two boxes of toys for Evie to add to the pile of toys that our neighbour Charlotte had already contributed.. We have a very good class of neighbours round here.