Making a fool of myself

Today’s guest picture comes from David, one of my walking companions of yesterday. He took this delightful view of our house as we had our cup of tea under the walnut tree at the end of our journey.

We certainly chose a good day for our walk yesterday, as it was a grey and miserable day today, with no sun and the temperature not getting above 16 degrees until it mysteriously got a degree or two warmer in the evening.

Mrs Tootlepedal had a busy morning visiting the hairdresser and the dentist, so I was by myself as I cycled up to Cronksbank to do some more work with the volunteers at the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve tree nursery. There were five other volunteers, so a lot of work got done, with about 1000 more seedlings put into new trays, while rabbit proofing of the area was also going on. The Nature Reserve managers are hiring some professional help, as there are far too many seedlings for the volunteers to deal with by themselves.

It was gloomy up on the moor, but the rain held off while we were there . . .

. . . and it let me cycle home in the dry before it started. Once started, it kept going for most of the rest of the day.

I found a nearly dry moment to whizz round the garden.

The nasturtiums are thriving this year and lasting well.

And the dahlias looked positively cheerful in spite of the rain.

A lily was blowing its own trumpet.

After yesterday’s walk and the morning’s volunteering, I felt quite happy to have a relaxing afternoon in today, with continuing rain and some wind too giving me a good excuse.

I put some of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database, did some puzzles from the paper, mooched about moodily, and occasionally glanced out of the window at the bird feeder.

Once again, sparrows were to the fore, and a greenfinch was a bit offend by some of the language that they used.

Mrs Tootlepedal had purchased some cream on one of her morning outings, so I filled an idle moment by making some gooseberry fool. For those who don’t know it, this is a dish of stewed and mashed gooseberries, sweetened with sugar and judiciously mixed with custard and whipped cream to a smooth consistency. Whether it tastes good or not depends very much on the quality of the gooseberries. The ones that I had picked a couple of days ago were just right, and the result was excellent. Mrs Tootlepedal, who doesn’t much care for gooseberries, is recalibrating her opinion after having a taste test.

It looks as though we are in for some more cool and rainy weather over the next few days, but there might be some sunshine too. As we need the rain, a mixture of sunshine and showers would be very acceptable. That is as long as there is time for the occasional cycle outing between the showers.

The light was very poor this afternoon under the thick clouds, so the flying sparrow of the day is correspondingly pretty poor too.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “Making a fool of myself

  1. Gooseberries are like apricots in my opinion: when they are good they are out of this world but you have to eat lots of not so good ones to earn that blissful bite. Your fool sounds delicious.

  2. A wonderful photo of your home.

    As for the gooseberry fool – any dessert with both custard and whipped cream has two enormous advantages right from the get-go! I remember reading that Benjamin Whitrow loved gooseberry fool and was glad it was used in a scene in “Pride and Prejudice” – but changed his mind after having to eat his body weight of it by the time they got the scene filmed.

  3. That is a nice shot of the house and garden. I don’t think I’ve seen it from that angle before.
    I’ve never had gooseberries. I wonder if the gooseberry fool will taste as good the second day as it does on the first. If so you might get away with saying “there’s no fool like an old fool” tomorrow.
    I like that second dahlia. It kind of reminds me of the Lillian Austin rose.

  4. The rain must be welcome; I enjoy seeing the droplets on the flowers in the garden and join other readers in admiring a fuller view of your home.

  5. The gooseberry fool sounds delicious. I loved the photograph of your house and thank you so much for that delightful header picture, my favourite shrub.

  6. Sorry about the chilly grey day. You and the other volunteers deserve congratulations for all your hard work. David took a lovely picture of your house and garden.I would have enjoyed that fool, I’m sure.

  7. That is a nice view of your house. I like the stonework. It does look big.

    The flowers look beautiful decked in raindrops. The birds are always entertaining, as is your commentary on their behavior. šŸ™‚

    I was wondering about the title, too! I had not heard of gooseberry fool. It sounds like an interesting dessert.

  8. We are on stewed plums at the moment and gooseberries are a distant memory. We never seem to have enough gooseberries. The wet flowers look excellent, the wet birds, not quite so good. šŸ™‚

  9. I would love a good rainy indoor day. Iā€™m catching up on your blog today because I found it to be too hot outdoors, even thought the thermometer said only 72!

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