Today’s guest picture comes from a couple of weeks ago and shows a rather slanted view. The sunshine will give you a clue that it was taken in East Wemyss by our son Tony.
It was cooler than yesterday here, but it was fine again and the wind was nippy but fairly gentle. We spent most of the day ignoring the fine weather and keeping our heads down as we put in a lot of work on the slab part of the drive project.
We probably went on for longer than was strictly wise, but once we could see the end of the road as far as laying slabs went, there was no holding us back.
This was the end of the road that we could see.
As we have another slab elsewhere in the garden with an almost matching broken corner, we might lay a final slab in the penultimate row. But that will be on another day. When we counted up, we found that we had raised, shifted and laid nine slabs between us today.
We took a long view of the project later on.
(The curious white thing at the end of the drive is the magnolia, partially protected against a forecast frost tonight.)
Now that the slabs are laid, we have still got a lot of work to do in getting the rest of the drive level and neatly gravelled. And Mrs Tootlepedal is going to plant up the new space to the left of the slabs. We are not likely to run out of thing to do for a while yet.
There was not much time or energy left in the day for anything else, but there was a moment to watch the birds at the lunch break…
…and we did manage a walk round the garden at the end of the working day.
We are keeping our fingers crossed that a projected week of frosty nights won’t do too much damage, especially as things are starting to come out, like the climbing hydrangea…
…and in the white corner, the primula and bergenia.
I have hired a gang of jackdaws to pick the moss out of the front lawn for me and they started work today.
I had carelessly let one of the slabs drop onto my big toe in the course of the works, so to make sure that it didn’t seize up, I took it for a short three bridges walk after we had had a cup of tea.
The Ewes Water, the Esk and the Wauchope are all lined with daffodils now…
…and the Esk has added blossom…
…as well as familiar faces…
…so there was plenty to enjoy on my way to the Sawmill Brig.
Once over the bridge and onto the Castleholm, I could enjoy the lengthening shadows…
…while the sun picked out male flowers developing on the noble fir….
…and lit up the willow flowers at the Jubilee Bridge.
The final few yards of my walk were illuminated by blossom in our friends the Tinkers’ garden, and some bright colour on our neighbour Hector’s flowering currant.
When I got home, I found Mrs Tootlepedal putting the frost protection of the magnolia and that ended our actions for the day.
I did have a moment to take some late bird pictures while I was cooking the evening meal. A greenfinch showed both its hard stare and its appetite for seed….
…and the flying bird of the day is a goldfinch, shot earlier on.