Wilting a bit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found it a little chilly on Skegness pier this evening on a visit to the east coast of England.

It wasn’t at all chilly here as we had another very warm day, with the thermometer showing 27°C (80°F) in the afternoon. It is still well over 20° as I start to write this in the evening.

With the sun out all day and only light wind, it was uncomfortably hot in the garden. We didn’t spend as much time out there as we would have liked. Because of the hosepipe ban, we couldn’t do any serious watering and before it got too hot, I did some dead heading and tidying, and took a few pictures.

In the front beds, the calendulas have developed elegant fading as they age, and they compete for attention with dahlias.

Sweet Williams continue to thrive, and I spotted a low level white one today. I liked a contrast between two of the brighter coloured ones so much that I took pictures of them with two different cameras at two different times of day.

Roses call out for a picture as I pass. I cannot resist them. The middle one is the Ginger Syllabub which has pleased Mrs Tootlepedal by behaving well after being transplanted.

The ‘little red roses’ are running riot and attracting flying friends.

The melancholy thistle is coming to the end of its run but the knapweed is still going strong.

Two new flowers have added to the gaiety of the garden, a crocosmia and our first sunflower.

Our neighbour Liz had told us that there were a lot of tiddlers in the dam in spite of the very low water. I went out to check and she was right.

It was a quiet day on the bird front, with just a few siskins and a single starling at the feeder. . .

I enjoyed watching a bee trying to crack the entry code for a yellow snapdragon.

We are getting plenty of vegetables to eat from the garden at the moment with potatoes, lettuce, spinach, turnip, broad beans and courgettes adding to our five a day. The runner beans are flowering well but not showing any beans yet. They probably need some water.

There was a lot of light about as you can imagine, and two poppies caught and held some of it for me.

As it was too hot for a vigorous walk or gardening after lunch, I thought that it was best to take out my fully air conditioned bike and go for a pedal.

A couple of people have said to me lately that they supposed that I wouldn’t be cycling in this weather, but they didn’t appreciate that it is cooler spinning along on a bike than it is sitting in the garden. I make my own breeze as I go along, and the breeze evaporates any mild perspiration on my brow which provides a cooling effect too. Of course, you can get a bit heated if you stop to take pictures and the breeze disappears, so I didn’t stop too often today.

I did take a views of a grassy verge and the grass the grows in it, a good crop of hedge woundwort, my favourite oak tree, a record of what happens to the grass that is cut for silage (the black plastic wrapping goes for recycling and is turned into all sorts of useful stuff. (if you don’t believe me, look here), a view of what a good day for cycling it was, and a screen of green beside the Esk.

I took a look at the very low river from the Hollows Bridge . . .

. . . and another of the same from Skippers Bridge.

Looking at the SEPA site for the level of the river at Canonbie, it tells me that the “Current River Level: is 0.217m, falling.” It adds that, “The usual range of the River Esk at Canonbie (SEPA Site) is between 0.44m and 2.00m. It has been between these levels for 90% of the time since monitoring began.” It looks then as though it is running at half its normal lowest level at the moment.

I took things easily as I didn’t want to cook myself through over exertion on a warm day, and got back home in very good condition.

A glass of cold water and a cool shower left me ready for the regular sibling Zoom. My brother Andrew, fearful of a new lockdown coming soon, had taken the opportunity to get away for a short break, and joined us from his hotel in Boston, Lincolnshire. He went to the seaside later in the evening as you can see from today’s guest picture.

Alarmingly, it says it is going to be even warmer tomorrow. There is a little rain in the forecast for next week and cooler conditions to come at the weekend. I will soon be complaining about having to wrap up to go cycling, I dare say.

The non flying bird of the day is a blackbird . . .

. . . and the flower of the day is one of the blue salvias.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

29 thoughts on “Wilting a bit

  1. What strange weather all of us are having. After record heat and drought in June now we now have record rainfall. It looks like your rivers are behaving as ours did in June but I really hope you don’t see record rainfall. We have standing water on lawns so many of them can’t be mowed.
    I love the sunflower and the salvia close up was a joy to see.
    I worked for an English lady who introduced me to scarlet runner beans. Though I was her gardener she became a friend, so thanks for reminding me of her.

  2. The pig ark made of recycled plastic reminds me a bit of an Anderson shelter. You’re right though – very cool things made with the plastic!

  3. I’m a bit slow, so I had to resort to an internet search to understand “hosepipe ban”. Here in the Rocky Mountains of the western USA, we have been in a drought for about 20 years. Just a few days ago, I ran into our city engineer who is responsible for the city water. I asked him when we would have a ban on watering lawns. He thought for a moment and replied, “probably never”. But he added that the guidelines are to water lawns only twice a week rather than the three times that would be normal. I just checked the status of the two reservoirs that store and supply water to the river that flows into my valley. They both are about 60% full. Our river flow is below 25% of normal. It’s worries me.

  4. It seems odd to see the rivers running so low in your part of the world – many of them dry up here, but we are used to that. Beautiful flowers in your garden are a delight to see on this very cold winter’s morning!

  5. While your river can be crossed dry footed, here in my town (Solingen Germany) we had houses under water and even drowned people. So bear with your hosepipe ban, even if its not so nice on your beautiful garden.

    1. I was wondering if your area was affected by the floods. They sound frightening in the extreme. Were you high enough up to avoid the flooding yourself?

      1. We are a bit higher up from the Wupper river, so we had to deal only with about three and a half inch. But near neighbours were severely affected.

  6. It looks like you had a gorgeous day for photography and cycling. I had to look up the definition of a tiddler, which is also the title of a children’s book.

    Our runner beans are flowering now too, and no beans have appeared yet. This is my first year growing them.

    1. I am sorry to have baffled you with tiddlers. Fishing for tiddlers with a jam jar used to be every child’s ambition if they lived near a stream.

  7. Quite correct it is cooler on the bike than walking,unless of course you don’t include hills when it can get a bit sweaty.
    Not being a cold weather lover present conditions are perfect for me.
    Our bird feeders are rather quiet to,they must sheltering and conserving their energy.

  8. Beautiful flower photos starting with the header. Good ideas for recycling- not cheap! We hope to get some rain this evening then I can stop wilting!

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