Scaling the heights

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. As it was his daughter Matilda’s birthday today, he and she made a special cake.

We had another sunny day here today as our spell of good weather continued. A good day was further brightened when Dropscone arrived for coffee. His scones were as good as ever. We were joined by Margaret and Mrs Tootlepedal, and a good time was had by all.

After coffee, and indeed at various times through the day, I went out into the garden and contemplated tulips. There are a lot to contemplate.

While I was out in the garden, I took a look back at the bird feeder. After some shrubs were removed last year, Mrs Tootlepedal stuck some bare willow twigs into the ground to give the birds something to perch on. They will have a perch and some protection from sparrowhawks this year. Willows are amazing.

I found things to do in the garden today, including mowing a bit of the middle lawn and all of the front lawn, as well as running the hover mower over the grass in the vegetable garden area. I sieved some compost and dead headed dozens of daffodils, and kept an eye out for objects of interest while I worked.

Like young and old dunnocks . . .

. . . water boatmen . . .

. . . a very superior starling . . .

. . . any amount of blackbirds . . .

. . . and bees.

And I kept half an eye out for the birds at the feeder.

In the afternoon, after a slight hiccup when we found that Mrs Tootlepedal’s bike had not been properly charged, we went off to see whether the bikes had enough power to help us cycle up the hill to the White Yett so that we could visit the moor in comfort. They had power to spare and with some vigorous pedalling on our part, we swept up the hill in grand style, enjoying the views on the way up, on the moor, and on the way back down again.

We have now done nearly 100 km on our new bicycles and, perhaps helped by some fine weather, we have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of electrically assisted pedalling. One unexpected bonus has been that it makes cycling together for two people of different cycling styles quite comfortable.

We got home in time for a Zoom with the birthday girl and her parents, and then another with my brother and sisters.

The flying bird of the day is greenfinch.

Footnote: We are going south on family business for a few days tomorrow, so posts will be brief affairs using my phone. I apologise if I am not able to read other blogs or reply to comments. Next week, for better or for worse, normal service will be resumed if all goes to plan.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

14 thoughts on “Scaling the heights

  1. You’re just trying to torment me, aren’t you? First all the lovely spring photos when we’re looking at snowbanks, and now you’re going to London? But I’ll be noble, and wish you safe travels. šŸ™‚

  2. Oh my goodness, you got e-bikes! Our friends Bill and Susie love theirs. Your tulips give a great show! And happy birthday to Matilda! I am embarking on a catch up, will try not to overload you with comments. šŸ™‚

  3. I’m so happy for you that you can both make longer bike rideds now.
    I also lked the tulips in your garden, even if there are not the wild ones šŸ˜‰ šŸ˜‰ šŸ˜‰

  4. Wishing Matilda a Happy Birthday! How many years old is she now? Time has flown!

    The tulips look so bright and cheerful as they take over for the daffodils. We already have one Dutch iris in bloom, and some at buds about to open.

    I love the views. Oh, what it must be like to be a bird and soar over that landscape.

  5. I can relate – I have been too busy to post let alone read others’ blogs, so don’t worry about responding to any of my comments as I will make them anyway. Superb Starling indeed. And your tulips are at least a week ahead of mine. Enjoy your trip. May your skies remain blue.

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