A song, a stroll and a song

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.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

32 thoughts on “A song, a stroll and a song

  1. I’m always surprised by how different your St. John’s wort looks from ours, since ours is supposed to be from the other side of the Atlantic.
    The Corydalis too look quite different in color, but not in shape.
    I like that shot of the bridge but the river sure looks low.

    1. The rivers are very low at the moment. We have had two inches of rain over the past week or so but it hasn’t been nearly enough to get the rivers up and flowing vigorously.

  2. Hooray for the flying wagtail! All that singing in one day is commendable especially with the adjustments that are being made. And the flowers – well, it doesn’t seem possible such things exist. 🙂

  3. I like the panel showing growth on the pines – beautifully “structural” growths. The flowers growing from the stone wall may not be doing the wall much good, but they are pretty set against the stone.

    1. They have been there for some time and the wall seems to be standing up well. It is amazing to see how well they grow from the merest crack between stones.

  4. I too thought your pine pictures very attractive – if one has to choose, that is. I also liked seeing the action shot of your sister on the tennis court!

  5. It sounds and looks like it was a day well spent. I wish you are your choirs well – a new organ soon and a return to the loft, and a good audition with the potential new conductor of the Carlisle chor.

    Oh, and it was nice to see the picture of your sister. It is too bad that there is not a photographer riding and walking with you so we could see a few more pictures of you on your adventures – or tootling, gardening, or singing, etc.

  6. Yesterday we saved a young “Boomkuiper” (Certhia brachydactyla) Boomkruiper translates in Tree Climber but I’m sure it has an other English name 😉 It flew against our wind and came down on the bacony. It was stil alive and after a minute i placed the yound bird in a safe place out of the wind so it could recover from the shock. When it started to move around, I’ve put it in one of our window boxes with geraniums so it could take of easily. A minute later it flew away. I hope will survive for a long time 😉

    1. The Boomkuiper is a Short-toed treecreeper in English, a Gartenbaumläufer in German. Well done for saving its life.

  7. I enjoyed the scenes from your sunny walk. I see a strawberry plant with blooms and small green berries in one panel, which is about where my remaining plants are at this time. It has been cool here, too. We are getting plenty of rain going into summer, for which I am grateful.

  8. Lots of lovely flowers photos to enjoy in your garden and on your walk. Maybe there’ll be a new bridge or structure built to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee! Love the inside shot of the poppy and the little wagtail.

  9. That first image of the ceanothus certainly stopped me in my tracks. We drove up into the hills yesterday and our native ceanothus are blooming up there. Though I’ve tried, I haven’t managed to get them to settle in our yard (yet). They grow all over in some of the least hospitable spots in the wild, but can’t seem to cope with whatever I’m doing (or not doing) to get them established down here. If I can manage to get caught up with blogging duties, I’ll try to post some of the amazing flowers sprouting up in the higher altitudes. (We were up around 4,000 ft/~1,200 meters  yesterday – our house is wee bit above sea level.)

    Those geums are glorious… flowers within flowers.
    We’ve had a good season for wildflowers here with the unusual but welcome extra bits of spring rains.

    1. Being up at 4000 feet would put you on top of the highest mountain in the UK with nothing growing at all so I would be interested to see what blooms at that height in your area.

  10. The blooming season progresses as we climb in altitude. Rhododendrons where we live bloomed several months ago, but when we reached about 3500 ft, some of the Rhodies had barely developed buds. We need to go back in a couple of weeks to see the peak blossoming of some of the flowers we don’t find down here closer to civilization. I am trying to sort through (too many, as usual) photos of the wildflowers we photographed.

    I will do my best to get some flowers from the hills posted… I simply take far too many pics and then it can take forever to sort through all that… 🥴 One thing we noticed is that despite us getting several unexpected inches of rain the past month, some plants still appear to be stressed. The good news was that the wildflowers were quite abundant and exuberant.

    1. You have my sympathy when it comes to sorting out the result of taking too many pictures but what can one do? There is so much asking to be photographed.

  11. The only birds I have seen bringing new fledglings is the star of your post. Quite few family groups on the old road to Neath. I saw a skein of geese today. Canada geese about 14 flying in formation by Resolven. Noticed birdwatchers collected by Rheola pond all with binoculars ready staring toward the forestry. I wonder are there goshawk nesting there again, there were a couple of years ago which brought out quite a few twitchers. Loads of cyclists on the roads enjoying the weather, which is quite frustrating as I can’t ride still. But the problem continues to ease.

    1. It is good to hear of lots of cyclists about even if it is annoying for you. I am glad to hear that your problems are easing. I hope that this progress continues and that you are soon back on the bike. A goshawk would be good to see. We have some round here but I have never seen one knowingly.

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