Paint it black

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Ken, the ex archive group member. His son, Chris, who is visiting Perth, Australia, sent him this picture from a day trip to Rottnest Island, where he encountered a quokka. A quokka is not something that you see every day.

We had another cool and windy day here, not very friendly from a cycling point of view. This was fortunate in a way because my bruised calf undoubtedly benefited from not being over exercised. As it was, I looked at the birds . . .

. . . had a quick walk round the garden, enjoying the first flowers on the red azalea . . .

. . . and then entertained Sandy with coffee.

When Sandy left, we went out to do some gentle gardening. I painted a section of the fence that we share with out neighbour Irving, mowed the middle lawn and then sieved some compost. Mrs Tootlepedal was working nearby and we attracted the attention of a blackbird which followed us round picking up tidbits. It even perched on the compost sieve which had just produced some good looking results.

I had time for another wander about before lunch, finishing with a look into the heart of a shuttlecock fern.

After lunch, I made a beef stew for the slow cooker, and then I went out again and painted the next section of the fence.

There are several sections left, and I will probably have to paint the concrete uprights when I have finished. I find it hard to avoid getting the paint on them too.

Mrs Tootlepedal has been paying attention to neat edges on the lawns.

Mrs Tootlepedal and I sat on the new bench to relax when we had finished our task, and I noticed that an aquilegia has come out. I like its delicate colouring but Mrs Tootlepedal thinks that it is dull.

It was windy and still chilly, so we went in. Mrs Tootlepedal did some sewing while I watched the second half of an exciting stage of the Giro. She joined me for the final few kilometres.

During the cycling, I kept an eye on the birds from time to time. Sparrows were busy.

The weather had greatly improved by the early evening, and as I thought that my bruised calf muscle would benefit from some light exercise, we went for a walk though the park to see the wild garlic and the bluebells. Before we left, I looked at apple blossom and an azalea in our garden.

The wild garlic along the river was impressive, but the bluebells were past their best . . .

. . . and didn’t provide much of a photo opportunity. The fine beech tree on the Stubholm track was a better option, and I liked a little line of strawberry flowers growing on top of the park wall. The very restful view up the Wauchope Water from the park brig was a good photographic finale to our outing.

We ended the walk with a relaxing moment on the bench under our walnut tree, looking back at our house and enjoying the beautiful sunshine.

It looks as though we should get a warmer and less windy day tomorrow for the visit of my brother and sister, but sadly, it doesn’t look as though the sun will shine for them.

The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch.

Footnote: I was expecting to go and see Dropscone in hospital today, but I can report that he is now safely back at home. I hope to get an update on his adventures over coffee on Thursday.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

31 thoughts on “Paint it black

  1. That quokka is adorable – and that’s not an adjective that I use very often at all!

    Mrs. T. did a bang up job on the trimming. The rear view of your house is lovely.

  2. I am glad to hear Dropscone is back home now and you will see on Thursday for coffee.

    I agree, the view of your house and gardens is very lovely.

    The aquilegias are a beautiful, delicate color. I have some dark purple ones that came in on a load of rabbit manure one year and have been self seeding everywhere. They grew quickly and are blooming now.

    The view down the shuttlecock fern is a very delightful composition. Well chosen! I can see how that variety of fern got its name.

    I see thunderheads building up over the mountains to the east here. It was a little cooler, in the mid 80s today. I had a day off, and finally got my tomato seedlings into bigger pots today.

    1. Sadly Dropscone had a bit of a relapse and will not be able to come round for coffee tomorrow. I will have to wait a day or two to hear his adventures.

  3. Shuttlecock is a particularly apt name for that fern. I have never heard of a quokka either so am pleased to see what one looks like. You have spoiled us with some very beautiful views.

  4. What I found on the internet : “The Quokka is known as “the happiest animal in the world” due to its perpetually smiling face and friendly demeanor.”
    Mrs Tootlepedal’s edges on the lawns are perfect !
    Have a lovely day and don’t forget the Arnica 😉

  5. Good to see you both back working in the garden and that Dropscone is home. My daughter-in-law from Perth worked with the quokkas on Rottnest for a year or so.

  6. I have to admit I have never seen a quokka in real life, even though I live in Australia….that quokka looks very cute!
    It seem that time was well spent in the garden, and Mrs T’s lawn edges are amazing, I won’t show Paul!
    We have some very pretty and hardy aquilegias in the garden, so I have to be in the pro aquilegias camp.
    The shuttlecock fern is a great photo.

  7. Glad to read that Dropscone is back home. When I first saw the picture of that sweet-faced creature, I thought, “You have those in Scotland?” Then I read your description. Of course you don’t have them in Scotland. 😉

  8. Good news about Dropscone- he must have behaved himself to be let out! Your walk at the end of the day looked very relaxing with some calm water and soft coloured photos. The sparrows look happy to have the feeder for themselves!

  9. The picture of your house in the sunshine is the winner for me. As for the quokkas, I can sort of see their appeal but they’re a little too rodenty in appearance for me. I totally accept I am in the minority with my phobic opinion 🙂

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