First fruits (or rather, vegetables)

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. It goes to show that East Wemyss can look good even if the sun has gone in for a moment or two. And that he has a good eye for a composition, in my view.

Summer continued in Langholm today.

It was a degree or two cooler today, and there was a refreshing breeze about this morning. I surprised myself by getting out into the garden where I sieved a couple of buckets of compost and mowed the middle lawn before coffee.

I had time to look at a few flowers before starting the sieving.

I noted that our first dahlia had come out. It is shy and is facing the back of the bed though.

There is plenty of other colour about as you can see, so I mustn’t grumble. The tropaeolum was looking very vivid today.

While I was mowing the lawn, I saw the occasional blade of grass and quite a lot of self heal where the grass should have been.

However, as the modern trend is for less lawn and more wild flowers, this is probably a good thing (though I certainly wouldn’t have thought so a few years ago).

After I had mowed the lawn, a noisy rook on our roof called for my attention . . .

. . . and at ground level, I noticed that a bee was finding a white foxglove which didn’t have a tempting track on the inside of its petals just as interesting as the more normal kind.

I had a final look round . . .

. . . and then we had coffee with our neighbours Liz and Margaret.

After coffee, I took a close peek at a delphinium . . .

. . . and another at an eryngium . . .

. . . and then did some dead heading.

In the vegetable garden, the potatoes are flowering freely.

I took a picture of a newly out bank of little campanulas . . .

. . . put them in context among the Sweet Williams and roses. . .

. . . and then went in for lunch.

After lunch, I had a look at the birds . . .

. . . but we are in a bird feeder lull at the moment, and there were not many to watch today.

Rather than watch the time trial in the Tour de France, which is quite dull from a spectating point of view, I went out for a ride of my own.

It was another perfect day for cycling, with just enough breeze to keep me cool but not enough to make me cry.

I had 25 miles as my target as this would bring up 500 miles for the month, a very satisfying target for me these days.

A trip over Callister, across the bridge at Paddockhole, up round the new windfarm at Crossdykes, and then back down the road through Bentpath was just what the doctor ordered as is 25.8 miles long.

On my way out, I took some pictures of the Water of Milk valley, starting at Paddockhole Bridge and ending at the windfarm.

You can see that the council has been busy patching the road which was most welcome. The cloud effects this afternoon were unusual.

I took another set of pictures on my way back down to Langholm. There was no whizzing involved today as I was heading into the wind on this part of my journey.

The clouds continued to be unusual.

I got home to find Mrs Tootlepedal just going back out into the garden, so after a cup of tea, I joined her and we had an enjoyable tour in the warm early evening sunshine. After a quick inspection, we found two white turnips and a handful of broad beans that were ready to pick.

So we picked them, and after the regular zoom meeting with my siblings, we ate them with our evening meal. If life could be arranged so that we always had such modest quantities of tasty, absolutely fresh vegetables to eat, it would be ideal. However, there will doubtless be a glut of beans and turnips soon, and we may well get slightly fed up with eating them day after day as they get older and less delicious.

Our good weather is set to continue for another two days at least, and we are trying to make sure that we enjoy it as much as we can before it starts to rain.

The flying birds of the day are two siskins.

The flower of the day is a very richly coloured Dutch iris.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

28 thoughts on “First fruits (or rather, vegetables)

  1. That’s very interesting about the bee in the unmarked foxglove. Maybe the guide spots don’t mean as much as we think they do.
    The potato flowers are beautiful. I’ve never seen them that color. Mrs. T. wowed me with ornamental strawberries and now she’s doing it again with beautiful potatoes.
    I liked the clouds that looked like rays. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them do that.

    1. The clouds were most unusual but following on the very unusual rainbow a day or two ago, perhaps there is something in the atmosphere above us at the moment which is not usually there.

  2. What strange clouds! Quite a lot of harvesting appears to have been going on in your part of the world. Farmers making hay while the sun shines. I love that picture of the village with its church nestling under the hill. Tony has provided a wonderful guest photo!

  3. Your son made a nice picture, I like the composition as well as the banner on top with the cows. There is a lot going on in your garden for the moment and as far as I can see, all your plants are doing very well. The clouds in your panorama’s add a nice special effect. Once again, thanks for sharing all this beauty.

  4. I enjoyed the views you saw on your cycle ride. Totting up 500 miles for the month at your age is quite a total to aim for. Your garden is full of beautiful planting, congratulations to the gardener.

  5. The garden looks amazing and the photos from your cycle ride are a perfect advert for visiting your part of Scotland. Favourite photos the beautiful views and cloudscapes all beautiful.

  6. I enjoyed all these photos from your day, and your Iris of the Day was my favorite among the flowers. I like the wildflowers in the lawn, a varied and healthy environment.

    The cloudscapes were unusual, perhaps a new weather front coming in? Your rook was my favorite bird photo. Their large beaks don’t quite seem to fit their heads, but I would not want to be on the business end of one of those. I saw someone here who had made a face mask to look like a rook. It was well-made, and made an interesting potential picture. I did not have the camera on me though.

  7. I must agree your son’s photograph composition is excellent, worthy of postcard status. Your photographs really bring out the rich colours of what is now summer up there in the borders, making it look very idyllic. Those close up studies of the flowers in your garden are beautiful as well. Got my knee up at the moment catching up with your blog. Resting it, after using a mini skateboard to practice flexing my knee joint back and forth, while sitting very uncomfortably. That’s one of the biggest bugbears for me, I just cannot sit in comfort, even with the knee in the raised position. The second most annoying bugbear fact is I cannot drive for several weeks yet. It is so frustrating relying on others to chauffeur us about, sadly “her indoors” does not drive. Doah!! My “all the gear no idea situation” has changed, SwytchBike have contacted me, informing me my motor wheel is subject to a product recall? They are picking it up next Monday, and will despatch a new one immediately? They haven’t said what the problem is ( and, as you know, mine hasn’t even been fitted yet, let alone used ). Hopefully, it’s all to the good. Going on to my third dose of tootling now, cheers.

    1. I hope that your new wheel works when you get it.

      I am sorry that you are having difficulty with your knee. I remember having a good deal of discomfort with mine. Luckily Mrs Tootlepedal can drive so I had a chauffeuse. She was driving me when someone ran into the front of our car and I could see that my new knee was going to smash against the dashboard but luckily everything had slowed down by the time of the impact and I got off without damage.

      1. The thought of a collision while driving and the outcome for my knee, was brought to my attention by my physio. Because he doesn’t want me to attempt driving too soon. I can imagine the thoughts that went through your mind when you and Mrs T were heading for your collision. Apparently, it’s six weeks after the op when the average person can drive again, so some sooner and others later. I’ll just have to wait and see, the main criteria being able to do an emergency stop.

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