An upbeat ending

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. Although London is suffering from a severe lack of rain, she found this delightfully watery scene in an otherwise dried up Hyde Park yesterday.

Our run of coolish weather continued here today, but it was dry and occasionally sunny.

I rather frittered away the morning, though I did manage to do quite a lot of shredding of the material generated by Mrs Tootlepedal’s garden tidying activity. This still didn’t amount to much, and there were no butterflies to offer excuses for idling around the garden. I idled around anyway.

Mrs Tootlepedal is very excited by the tiny blue flowers in the bottom left panel. She was afraid for some time that this hydrangea wasn’t going to flower at all.

I was putting stuff into the compost bin when I noticed that the first snowberries have appeared. In comparison with the tiny flowers, the berries look enormous.

More Michaelmas daises are appearing every day, and the flowers of the phacelia which survived being battered by the heavy rain are growing tall.

Mrs Tootlepedal has a variety of cover crops growing in the vegetable garden, and I was struck by the deep colour on her clover, and I was very keen on her mustard.

I wasted a lot of the afternoon away too, occasionally watching sparrows . . .

. . . and greenfinches on the feeder.

And I spotted a blue tit on the fake tree, a rare visitor these days.

We have visitors coming tomorrow and I thought that there were things that I should have been doing, but Mrs Tootlepedal told me that I wasn’t required, so I went off for a stroll before I wasted the whole day.

I set off to walk up the track to Warbla, passing Himalayan and yellow balsam, marsh woundwort and red campion as I went along the river and up past the fields.

A bee was busy on some knapweed.

The weather had looked a bit uncertain so I had packed a rain jacket in my bag, but the sun came out as I started up the open hill. I took a sunny picture looking back over the town in case it went in again.

It did go in, but then I had a walk of occasional sun and quite a lot of clouds for the rest of my outing.

As usual, the sun often seemed to prefer to shine where I wasn’t.

I took a view from the top of the hill with my new camera . . .

. . . but I had my little Lumix with me too, and I used its zoom lens to look across the valley to the track that was put in to take timber out of the wood that was blown down by Storm Arwen.

With its long lens, it could see the cleared wood and the pile of timber at the other end of the track at Broomholmshiels still waiting to be taken away. My way back from my walk took me past that cleared wood and I looked across from there to see the summit of Warbla from where I had taken the first pictures, a good mile away.

Rather than going back by the same track that I had used to get to the top of the hill, I went straight on over the hill, and came down the other side of Warbla, battling through thick grass, passing curious but peaceful cattle, and enjoying the changing light.

And passing a lot of wild flowers on the way. The grass was thick with little yellow flowers, looking like small dandelions. These proved to be cats’ ear on closer inspection, There was a single scabious waiting to come out.

This brought me down to Skippers Bridge . . .

. . . and I walked along the road beside the river. I met a camera club member who was quite keen to start having meetings again. I will send out an email and see what response I get.

I came home by way of the path up Jenny Noble’s Gill and the walk through Longwood. In spite of some recent rain, the paths and hillside were still very dry today. It will come as a shock when we get some proper rain and everything gets as soggy as it should be. Still, we are lucky compared with places further south where it is so dry that everything has turned brown. I had plenty of colour on my walk today, including a good crop of rowan berries, insects on an umbellifer, some tiny tormentil flowers, and a very promising bramble.

I was going down the track beside the Co-op store to the river when I saw an unusual flower. It turned out to be a teasel, pretty whichever way I looked at it.

The final picture from my walk was a bindweed flower, taken just before the suspension bridge.

Bindweed is a pest for the gardener, but a good photo opportunity for a passing chap with a camera.

Mrs Tootlepedal had been busy preparing for our visitors while I was out, and after our evening meal, we went down to the Co-op to do some shopping to get suitable supplies in. We are getting quite excited.

The flying bird of the day is a sparrow.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “An upbeat ending

  1. The Olympus did a good job on that landscape shot. It would be hard to take a bad shot of that kind of beauty, though.
    I was wondering about the buds that show with the small blue flower. I thought they might be milkweed and was surprised that they were hydrangea. I don’t know if I’ve ever looked closely at a hydrangea bud.
    I like the teasel. It’s something I never see here.

  2. How wonderful it would be to get the camera club up and running again. Sadly, a number of clubs and societies here have not yet got off the ground yet after the long period of isolation imposed on us all.

  3. Congratulations to the Tarras Valley people on achieving their target by the deadline. I was very excited to see Mrs Tootlepedal’s photo in The Guardian yesterday.

  4. Those magnificent views are a nice way to end the day. The variety of color and form in both garden and wildflowers brings joy! Mustard and red clover are excellent cover crops.

  5. Teasels are beautiful plants, they are protected in Belgium and since that, we have a lot of them.
    Enjoy your sunday and thanks for the great shots of your hike yesterday.

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