Clouded vision

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He spotted a beautiful rose planted by site managers to improve the amenity of his local area.

We actually had some rain last night. Hooray. But as it only amounted to 2cm, and it had dried up before we got up, it didn’t help a great deal. Still, it was better than nothing.

Mrs Tootlepedal had a busy morning. She went off to help a gang of volunteers dust and spruce up the church as it emerges from lockdown. I stayed at home and after a leisurely breakfast and read through the papers, I was on hand to have coffee with our neighbours Margaret and Liz in the garden.

The rain had done nothing to dampen the delights of the dahlias, lupin, roses and poppies.

And it hadn’t discouraged the bees either. There were more bees about in the garden today than ever.

In the bottom of the gallery above you can see a bee literally falling out of a snapdragon and melancholy thistle with two bees on it at the same time. (As usual, if you click on a picture in a gallery, you get a fuller view.)

Mrs Tootlepedal has been tidying up the planting round the chimney pot and I thought that it looked very neat today.

Although the temperature had dropped 10°C from its peak last week, it was still pleasantly warm as we sat and chatted over coffee.

After coffee, Mrs Tootlepedal returned from her church cleaning and I did some dead heading.

At lunchtime, I checked on the birds and found a chaffinch among the usual siskins . . .

. . . but traffic is still very light at the feeder.

After lunch, I had another look round the garden and found that dahlias and poppies seemed to be looking intently for something.

Mrs Tootlepedal went back to the church to add some outside weeding and strimming to the morning’s internal dusting and sweeping.

I listened to another episode of the radio drama that I had followed yesterday, and then went for a walk.

The weather forecast showed rain to the north of us and more rain to the south, but fine weather over Langholm. The cloudscapes from my stroll showed the forecast to be pretty accurate.

Some of the clouds did look a bit threatening at times, but they all passed me by to one side or the other. It was warm when the sun came out, and I was glad of the shade provided by the Kernigal wood.

Apart from the views, there was plenty to look at as I went along the Becks track, over the Auld Stane Brig, up onto Warbla and then home by way of Skippers Bridge and the Murtholm.

I saw the silverweed beside Skippers Bridge, and I was interested to see that it sends out runners like a strawberry. No wonder it spreads so freely along the edges of the roads.

There is a lot of rosebay willowherb about . . .

. . . and I thought that one or two other things seen on my walk deserved special attention.

A tree on Warbla.

Hundreds of hand reared pheasants newly put out in anticipation of the arrival of people wanting to shoot them in the autumn.

Some sensational nasturtiums displayed on a flower covered bicycle at Skippers Bridge. A bee photobombed me as I was taking the picture.

A promising crop of hazelnuts on the Murtholm.

Grasses catching the sun as I neared home.

The church looking particularly neat and tidy.

And finally, a warm welcome home from the phlox beside the phront door.

It was only four miles in length, but the walk was another demonstration of what a varied experience Langholm offers the ageing walker within easy reach of his home.

I had time for a cup of tea and a slice of toast and honey before the regular Zoom meeting with Mrs Tootlepedal and my siblings. After the meeting, we ate more vegetables from the garden with our evening meal and I had a last check on the birds.

A greenfinch turned up among the siskins.

There doesn’t seem to be much chance of serious rain here in the coming days in spite of thunderstorms appearing all over the rest of the country, so it looks as though we will be back to getting out the watering cans again tomorrow.

The flying bird of the day is a siskin trying to sneak past the greenfinch unobserved.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

22 thoughts on “Clouded vision

  1. That white orchid is beautiful and the bindweed is pure white as you said in your comment on my blog. I wonder if you’ll find any with pink in them.
    Pheasants don’t seem to be very bright birds, but maybe man has bred the smarts out of them.
    Your hazelnuts are very different than ours and so is your St. John’s Wort, even though our St. John’s Wort is supposed to have come from there.

    1. I hope to get a picture of the hazelnuts when they are ripe for picking but there is always the possibility that a nut fancier will pick them first.

  2. I am all too familiar with “There doesn’t seem to be much chance of serious rain here in the coming days in spite of thunderstorms appearing all over the rest of the country” so can fully empathise with you! I have enjoyed your focus on things that deserves ‘special attention’ along your walk – you are never at a loss for interesting things 🙂

  3. Great to see all those bumble bees bumbling about in your garden and around and about on your walk. Still only seeing the occasional bumble bee and butterfly here, though I did see the first wasp I’ve noticed in our back garden a few moments ago. We had a couple of torrential downpours here yesterday but the sun and the heat is back again today. We have had a weather warning for several days, threatening thunderstorms, but still the weather has not broken. Now today the threat is for high winds? What with flooding and thunder strikes over the rest of the UK we have been very lucky. Been busy all day, lots of steps, over to the tip tp get rid of yet more rubbish, I think we are a family of hoarders. Still loads to get rid of. Still limping with a stiff leg, the knee gives me painful twinges but because the surgeon “straightened” my left leg ( it was bent in at the knee ) there is a lot of strain running down the outside of the knee which is a constant ache. It swells up after a couple of hours making bending to or past 90 degrees virtually impossible. However, I go to a private physio tomorrow, and then the NHS one next Monday. I’ve also contacted a sports massage practice enquiring about help towards bending the knee through massage, still waiting for a phone call back. Cheers.

    1. We had a stiff rain shower but as it only lasted two minutes, it hardly counted! I hope that your visits to the physios go well, and that you don’t get washed away or blown away before you can get there.

      Good luck.

  4. Beeautiful flower photos with their winged friends and great range of cloudscapes to enjoy. Hope the pheasants get canny and fly away before something happens to them! The church obviously enjoyed being cleaned and tidied inside and out and stood up straight, tall and proud for your excellent photo.

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed all these flowers, bees, birds and views. That is a lovely panel of pink floral luminescence, and the bee bottom peeking out of the nasturtium was a very nice photobomb capture.

    Our watering cans are out daily. We are back in the heat dome here, with temperatures in the upper 90s and lower 100s expected today and tomorrow.

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