Today’s guest picture is a second from my brother Andrew’s trip to King’s Lynn. He passed through Peterborough on his way, and sent me another nice bridge shot.
I had a very uneventful time here today where it was cool under grey clouds for the most part. There was a little burst of sunshine in the afternoon, but it didn’t tempt me out for a walk or a cycle ride.
I spent quite a lot of time indoors doing the crossword, reading the papers, having coffee with Margaret and Mrs Tootlepedal, and finally catching up with entering into the Archive Group database two weeks of the details that had been dug up by the data miners of the Archive Group from the microfiches of ancient editions of our local paper .
Among the entries in 1902, I noticed that the district committee of the county council were offering free vaccinations against smallpox to anyone in Langholm who wanted one. Modern anti-vaxxers must imagine that smallpox disappeared in this country by magic.
To give myself a break from indoor activities, I occasionally went out into the garden and looked at insects . . .
. . . of which there were many about in various shapes and sizes.
Dahlias were a favourite haunt.
I made several excursions during the day.
I was sad not to see any of our colourful butterflies about. I presume that it was a bit too cold for them.
The buddleia was given over to bees.
There were other flowers attracting customers too.
And other dahlias of course.
I did look at other plants, and I am always interested in things that I might be able to eat.
Talking of eating things, if our pink strawberries produced fruit, I would never be short of a treat. They keep flowering all summer long.
I tried to take in the bigger picture too.
I did a little dead heading while I was out, and sieved another batch of compost. Bin A is filling up and I will need to get Bin D sieved and cleared soon, so that I can start the process of moving the compost down the line again.
Mrs Tootlepedal had some sunflowers last year that grew far taller than the seed packet suggested. She was not caught out this year and has grown a lot of decidedly small sunflowers. I didn’t need to stand on my tip toes to look down at this bunch.
A lone delphinium has flowered in the vegetable garden and a late campanula has appeared too. I thought that they made an decorative panel with the fresh Michaelmas daisies and a sweet pea.
On the rose hip front, the Roseraie De L’hay has produced a lonely red hip . . .
. . . but to counterbalance that, the little rose hips which were reddish have got a lot darker with age.
In between putting in the weeks of the newspaper details, I watched a half stage of the Vuelta with Mrs Tootlepedal in the afternoon.
When I had finished the second week, I went back out into the garden and sniffed the mint.
The biggest physical effort that I made all day was bending down to take a picture of a very low flying dahlia which I might have been ignoring because of its lowly stature and habit of hanging its head.
We have a relatively busy day ahead tomorrow, so it was no bad thing to have taken things easily today.
The flying bird of the day is a collared dove flying over the garden in the short sunny spell in the afternoon.
31 thoughts on “A stay at home day”
That was very interesting, the archive piece about smallpox vaccination and your comment, spot on!
No butterflies, but plenty of bees, and that is always cheering. Liked the comment about smallpox and anti-vaxers.
It has turned into a really good year for bees in the garden.
I was just wondering the other dat whatever happened to the ornamental strawberries. They’re very pretty, and so are the views of the other flowers.
That’s a great crop of tomatoes.
Nice shots of the bees and other insects.
I read a while ago that in the “Spanish Flu” epidemic of 1918 the public reacted almost exactly as they have during Covid, with almost the same percentages of people not wanting to be vaccinated and refusing to wear masks. Learning doesn’t come easy to us, apparently.
That is very true, particularly when there people around it seems with a vested interest in misleading others.
Yes and many people are doing that here, including politicians and “news” outlets.
It seems we are doomed to make the same mistakes ad nauseam – sigh. Lucky I have those gorgeous “big picture” photos to pick me up 😁
It is hard for people exposed to well thought out and carefully planted disinformation.
My young James Grieve apple tree does not (yet) produce many fruits, but I picked the last of them three days ago. It seems very early.
It has been such an odd year that I have lost track of when things are supposed to come out or ripen.
Indeed here too as spring was directly followed by autumn.
That must have been depressing coming on top of everything else that was going on.
I found the comment about smallpox very pertinent in the context of today’s resistance by some to being vaccinated.You still have so many beautiful flowers to ease you into autumn.
There are still a few more flowers to come which is cheering as the nights get longer.
What a lovely selection of pictures of flowers and insects. Thank you.
It is always an interesting route.
Lovely shots of the flowers and the insects.
I like the picture of the dove in full flight at the end of your blog.
I was pleased with the shot as it took advantage of the only sunny spell of the day.
Always pleased to see a sweet pea, so enjoyed your decorative panel with the Michaelmas daisies.
Great catch of the dove in the glorious sun.
I am glad that you liked it. I was very pleased with it.
The anti-vaxxers observation is sound, and the photographs excellent. I trust you have stored enough energy for tomorrow’s requirements
I managed to get through the day.
Good dove picture. Nice picture of Peterborough Custom’s House – probably the only bit that has stayed the same since I lived there.
You gain merit for recognising the customs house. My brother mentioned it but I forgot to pass it on.
Thank you. Glad to be of service.
Lovely photo of the colourful border. Tomatoes are doing well too hope the lettuce hasn’t all been eaten. Great photo of the elegant collared dove I’m usually chasing them away from the bird table!
We don’t have many but our friend Mike and Alison have a breeding pair in their garden.
I especially love those bumblebees. I am seeing a few more now, but numbers are down from last year.
I think that as far as bumble bees go, this has been a better year here after a very slow start.
Very to the point about the history of vaccines.
Great closeups of bees today! The garden looked lovely. I am continuing to catch up but I can tell you may be writing your latest post now so will try to refrain from making your notifications go ding ding ding with a multitude of comments.