Flowers, sausages and jam

Today’s guest picture comes from my walking guide, Mark. He got a closer view of the Jubilee beacon on Whita than I did.

We had a calm, grey and fairly cool day here today. We cycled to church to sing in the church choir. and later on in the morning, we cycled to the Co-op to do some shopping. In the afternoon we went to Carlisle to sing with the community choir there. Attendance was thin, doubtless due to many Jubilee parties going on, but we worked really hard getting ready to sing for to candidates to be our new conductor at auditions next week. Ellen, our present conductor, is treading carefully, wanting us to be good enough at the songs to enthuse the candidates with the choir, but leaving us with enough work needed to give them something to show us what they can do.

In between choirs, we both spent a lot of time in the garden. I mostly wandered about, but I did do some dead heading and weeding, and sieved a small load of compost. As far as compost sieving goes, my motto is little and often.

I took a selection of the Sweet Williams which brighten up many beds in the garden . . .

. . .and thought that this was the best effort.

There were occasional rays of sunshine, and I saw the Wren rose under the walnut tree in several different moods.

The first flowers on the rosa complicata have appeared high among a philadelphus, and the Dagmar Hastrup rugosa is looking fine too.

Mrs Tootlepedal doesn’t think that I have done the lupins in the vegetable garden justice, so I had another go today. They are a really impressive clump, with the white ones being taller than the gardener herself. I took them from both sides.

There were bees about, including a red tailed bumble bee . . .

. . ., and assorted others.

I went in and looked out at the birds from time to time. Sparrow families in and around the garden are growing, and we have a lot of sparrows visiting the feeder just now.

From all sides.

A dunnock didn’t look very happy when it caught me pointing a camera at it.

Blackbirds appeared on hedges as I walked round outside.

I was talking to our neighbour Liz and she remarked that there were a lot of little fish swimming in the dam at the moment. She is quite right.

Back in the garden, I noticed that the first orange hawkweed flower is out.

Just before we went off to Carlisle, I had a walk round with my macro lens in hand to try to take an arty picture or two. This is looking down at an allium . . .

. . . and I had to hold a nectaroscordum flower up by hand . . .

. . . to get a worm’s eye view of it.

By this time of day, the first bloom on the Wren was starting to go over and a new bloom was ready to carry on the story.

When we got back from Carlisle, I indulged in sausage based cooking, making a sausage stew and a dozen sausage rolls for future snacks. Now that I have discovered ready rolled puff pastry in the Co-op, sausage rolls are easy to make. Some raspberries on offer magically appeared in my shopping bag, so I made a couple of jars of quick raspberry jam too. I love yoghurt mixed with raspberry jam, and I like to pretend that it might even be good for me. Sausage rolls do not seem to be meaningfully contributing to my weight loss programme.

The flying bird of the day is one of the sparrows.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

26 thoughts on “Flowers, sausages and jam

  1. Mrs. T. is right to be proud of her lupines. I’ve never grown any that can compare to those. In fact I’ve never even seen any that looked that good and I was just looking at some today at the local college.
    I like the view into the allium and the wren rose is beautiful at any stage.
    With that many fish in the dam Mr. Grumpy might be paying you another visit.

  2. Your macro shots are very interesting, and I agree that the lupins are beautiful – they’re so very symmetrical and “structural”!

    I should tell you that while I was in getting a tire repaired at a local bike shop this weekend I had time to nose around the electric bikes. They stocked one that was priced at $11,750.00 CAD, which I find unfathomable, given our short cycling season. Luckily there was a seat nearby so I was able to recover myself!

  3. The lupines are very impressive, especially being taller than Mrs. T. I don’t think I have seen any that big in anyone’s garden around here. What is she feeding them? The dunnock giving you the look wins the prize today, though. 🙂

  4. The lupins are amazing and I admired the arty allium. Im totally with you on raspberry gam and yoghurt being healthy and good for the waistline. Sugar? Pure energy!

    1. Yes, but I may be kidding myself a bit about just how healthy they are. My bathroom scales can tell me my fat percentage if I ask it. I try not to ask it too often.

  5. I’m with Lavinia. Those lupines are impressive, both in beauty and size. As for sieving compost…I’m with you all the way. Wonderful photos of the flowers, especially the close-ups.

  6. The Sweet Williams are lovely and remind me that I had some many years ago when I first planted. I may have to dust off my macro lens when I get a few blooms of anything, as yet my yard is pretty sparse. I like a Dunnock with attitude.

  7. Interesting post title lots of things to read about! Love the Sweet Williams-a good range of colours and the lupins are magnificent. The roses are beautiful and the allium with the dancing seeds is my favourite.

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