Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. She has been visiting my sister Mary, and took a picture to show what Mary does in Regents Park when she isn’t taking the photographs that often appear here as guest pictures.
We had a generally sunny, but rather chilly day here, and we needed a coat as we cycled to church to sing in the church choir. We had excellent hymns today which was good, but on the down side, the organ has still not been fully repaired so we were downstairs again, with Henry at the piano. It is just not the same as being in the choir loft with an organist.
We got home, and after coffee, we went out into the garden. While Mrs Tootlepedal did useful things, I took pictures. I spotted a bee on the ceanothus . . .
. . .and noted that new geums and astrantias have arrived to complement the ones already out.
The oldest shrub in the garden is the weigela and it is past its best, but it has managed a flower or two this year. A new rose, a small flowered geranium, and St John’s Wort also attracted my camera’s attention.
I went round to the back of the house to check on the oriental poppies. More have come out. They are making a good show.
On my way back, I stole a picture of a beautiful lily grown by Kenny in his garden on the far side of the dam. He does the work and we get the benefit of is flowers. It is in the panel below. along with some more sunny sights from our garden.
There is no shortage of blackbirds bringing up families in the garden at the moment.
After lunch, there was time for a quick three bridges walk for me before the afternoon choir.
I was hoping for another glimpse of a sandpiper but I didn’t see anything of interest until I got near to the Sawmill Brig . . .
. . . where I saw a pied wagtail on the gravel beside the river.
I crossed the bridge and took the new path round the bottom of the Castleholm. The red chestnuts beside the cricket ground are doing very well . . .
. . . and the pines offered contrasting pictures of spring growth.
It was such a still day beside the Esk that I could take a reasonably good picture of a buttercup on its tall stem. Usually they are waving about too much for any sharp focus.
There are celebrations coming up on the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, so I thought that it would be appropriate to remember her golden jubilee twenty years ago when the Jubilee Bridge was built across the Esk.
I still think of it as the ‘new’ bridge.
When I had crossed the bridge, I took a good look at the wall at the far end of the Scholars’ Field. It has a remarkable amount of stuff growing out of it and on it.
I took a closer look at the corydalis.
There was more to look at before I got home, and the honeysuckle and rose in our hedge were very welcoming.
The Rosa Moyesii is in very good condition this year, perhaps the best that it has ever been.
Just before we left for Carlisle, I was pleased to see a couple of siskins on the feeder.
We combined the choir practice with a visit to a food store where we made some judicious purchases of cheese and vegetables.
The choir practice was very good, with our conductor in fine form. She is moving on soon, and she is preparing songs for us to use when we audition our new conductor in a couple of weeks, so we spent time this afternoon polishing up songs which we can sing quite well already. This made for a cheerful afternoon with plenty of singing.
Between the walking and the singing, it has been a very fruitful weekend and blessed with good weather. It is going to rain tomorrow, just when I would be thinking of getting back on a bicycle. Ah well.
The flying bird of the day is that riverside wagtail, popping up for an insect.