Raising the temperature

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He took this picture of the station at Stamford last week, while he was waiting to meet my two eldest sisters who were joining him for an outing. It was not busy.

The forecast rise in temperature duly took place today (after another very light shower of rain over night) and we peaked at 83°F (27°C) in the mid afternoon. This is definitely warm but not hard to bear. It looks as though we may miss the worst of the heat tomorrow, though it will be hot on Tuesday.

It was very pleasant as we cycled to church after breakfast. The church organ has still not been reinstated, and our organist Henry had installed his practice organ to see how that went. It turned out to be too quiet to be satisfactory, and we will go back to the piano next week.

After the service, I went home by way of the corner shop and then joined Mrs Tootlepedal for a cup of coffee.

After coffee, we went out into the garden and while Mrs Tootlepedal trimmed back a philadelphus in the back border which was encroaching on the rhododendrons, I trimmed back a spirea beside the middle lawn which was getting too big for its boots.

I did some watering, and wandered about taking casual pictures with my new camera. It dealt with some strong contrasts pretty well, I thought.

I haven’t edited these pictures, and this is just how the camera saw things. It definitely likes yellow.

It picked out the first flower on the inula this year.

. . . and was strangely drawn to my current favourite rose.

Blackbirds were feeling the heat a bit.

A neighbour dropped in for a chat with Mrs Tootlepedal and a look round the garden, and while they chatted, a white butterfly settled near the greenhouse. I got out my bird camera to take its picture from a distance.

I mowed the front lawn after the visitor had gone, and found that our recent hotter weather had caused the grass to grow a lot. Whereas up to now I have been hunting around for blades of grass to cut, this time I had to empty the box three times. If it would be kind enough to rain properly, the lawn might be fully recovered from the damage that the jackdaws did in spring. As it is, it doesn’t look too bad at all.

I took another couple of flower pictures with my new camera, a flourishing clematis on the fence . . .

. . .and a lonely fuchsia flower, the only one on the garden itself so far.

Then I went in for lunch, and a chance to look out at the birds. It was mostly siskins, but with the odd greenfinch and sparrow.

After lunch, we settled down to watch the Tour de France. After a while, I began to feel that the stage was rather too dull to justify a life of idleness, so I went out into the garden in the hope of seeing butterflies. I took my bird camera with me, and in the total absence of any butterflies, I pointed it at anything that caught my eye.

I went back in and watched more of the Tour, but it didn’t get any more interesting. I roused myself again, drank a cup of tea made by Mrs Tootlepedal, and went off for a cycle ride of my own.

For the record, Mrs Tootlepedal says that the stage got a lot more exciting as soon as I stopped watching it.

It was hot and quite windy, and after my efforts yesterday on my road bike, I treated myself to an electrical outing today. To compensate, I pedalled as fast as I could, and averaged over 14 mph for a 20 mile loop round the Solwaybank wind farm. Electric bikes are fun!

I had my new camera with me and tried it out as I went round. It wasn’t a good day for views with a rather hazy light, and I was rushing along too fast to pick out any wild flowers except a crop of agrimony which I knew was there.

I took a rather arbitrary collection of shots as I went along. The camera picked out a tree against a dark background quite well …

. . . and could make out the turbines against a pale background too.

It managed the dappled light and shade of the Solwaybank road . . .

. . .and it could just make out the distant hills of the Area of Natural Beauty where I had been cycling yesterday.

The wind was behind me now as I zoomed along the road home . . .

. . . and I was too busy pedalling to take any more pictures.

When I got home, I had another cup of tea as we have been advised to take car of our hydration, and then I mowed the greenhouse grass and the vegetable garden paths.

I went in for our evening meal and a last look at the birds. There was a lot of action at the feeder.

The flying birds of the day are a collection of questing goldfinches.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “Raising the temperature

  1. That camera does a wonderful job with yellow. I am envious. Glad it’s not too hot where you live. We have been reading about how hot it will be in England and parts of Europe. The climate crisis is here. Kudos to you and Mrs. Tootlepedal for getting an electric car and electric bikes.

    1. To tell the truth, the electric car was more about urban pollution from exhaust pipes than saving the planet. I hate the thought of our granddaughters walking about in a fog of car pollution in the cities where they live. If it is helping to lower the rate of increase in atmosphere carbon levels too, that is a bonus.

  2. I’m glad you’re happy with the camera. It seems to be doing a great job, even on landscapes.
    I too have been reading about the extreme heat in Europe and elsewhere. Here we have air conditioning to combat it but I don’t think they’re used much there.
    The clematis on the fence is a beautiful thing.

    1. AC is very rare in homes here. Of course the problem with it is that it is a contributor to the warming of the atmosphere that it is protecting you from.

  3. The images are very, very nice. What kind of camera did you get?

    I find low 80s tolerable, though a bit warm. I feel sorry for those going through extreme heat now, especially with no air conditioning.

    1. It is an Olympus TG-6. The New Hampshire Gardener got one and I was impressed by the quality of his images. Its toughness appealed to me too as I am hoping that it will come with me on bike trips and walking outings in the rain. My little Lumix was hopeless in the wet.

  4. What I know about cameras would leave room on the head of a pin, but your new one certainly seems to be coping with lots of colours and contrasting light conditions.

    It’s been stupidly hot and humid here today (30C/86F on the shady side of the house, with a humidex of 41C/106F). We are lucky to have AC, but I can’t wait for more reasonable temps. Picking lettuce was about as much as I wanted to do outside today.

  5. The new camera is good! I was shocked to read on the BBC news of the upcoming heat wave and hoped it wouldn’t affect you much. It sounds dreadful down in England.

  6. 27°C is still nice, today we will have 37°C…. and tomorrow 40°C…. ppfftt !
    The flowers keep on coming in your gardern 🙂
    Your camera is definitely doing great.
    Have a nice week and stay cool.

  7. You did very well with the new camera. Whilst returning home yesterday I noticed a young man travelling along a flat piece of pavement without pedalling what I thought must be an electric bike

  8. A new camera and it looks like you know how to get the best photos out of it already. Love the yellow inula , the Wren(?) and the clematis if your garden and all the views on your cycle ride. Looking forward to seeing lots more new camera photos now!

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