A thoughtful breeze

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She has been busy visiting National Trust properties in her neighbourhood now that such visits are allowed. She found this inviting bridge at Fyne Court, a National Trust property in Somerset. We had another perfect summer day here today. Unfortunately just as we are getting usedContinue reading “A thoughtful breeze”

Making the most of some more sunshine

Today’s guest picture is another NZ bird from Mike and Alison’s recent antipodean expedition.  This one is a pied shag. We had a dull and cloudy morning but with men re-pointing our external wall under the kitchen window, there was no chance of seeing any birds so I retired to the computer and put inContinue reading “Making the most of some more sunshine”

Tea in the park with Mrs Tootlepedal

Today’s picture shows a camel which impressed Mary Jo from Manitoba when she went to have a look at Queen Victoria’s modest tribute to her husband, the Albert Memorial. It is a rather brief post today as everything in the garden was very soggy after some heavy overnight rain… …and we had to have anContinue reading “Tea in the park with Mrs Tootlepedal”

A plan comes together

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit my sister Mary paid to Queen Mary’s Garden in Regent’s Park.  She seems to find good weather for her visits to the park. I have been a bit wimpish lately about cycling in brisk winds so I made a plan to get up promptly this morning and toContinue reading “A plan comes together”

Pedal, pedal, tootle

my first blog post 4my forecast of frequent showers.  The general forecasts remain pretty sound but the detailed local forecasts are sometimes rather ropey.

Still, we were very grateful for a good day.

I took a couple of pictures of the effects of yesterday’s rain…

[caption id="attachment_92741" align="alignnone" width="800"]lupin and pulsatilla A lupin holding a watery diamond and a battered pulsatilla[/caption]

…and set off to cycle round my 20 mile Canonbie circle.   Although the temperature was in single figures and the sun wasn’t out, the lack of wind made it feel quite pleasant for cycling and I went round at a good speed. Since i wasn’t having to battle the breeze, I was much more in the mood to stop and take pictures so I paused for a primrose, waited for a wood anemone, dawdled for a dandelion and ran out of alliteration for a bluebell.

primrose, wood anemone, dandelion, bluebell

The dandelions and anemones were out in force near Canonbie.

anemones and dandelions

I stopped on the Hollows Bridge to show that the trees are getting a welcome green tinge.

Hollows Bridge

By the time that I got home, the sun had come out so I mowed the middle and front lawns and took a lot of flower pictures.

[caption id="attachment_92737" align="alignnone" width="800"]violet, bergenia, pulmonaria and fritillary Dog tooth violet, bergenia, pulmonaria and fritillary[/caption] [caption id="attachment_92736" align="alignnone" width="800"]berberis, wallflower, hellebore and poppy Berberis, wallflower, hellebore and poppy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_92732" align="alignnone" width="800"]tulip waving goodbye Tulip dead heading will shortly be required[/caption]

There were quite a few bees to be heard and i was very pleased to see some of them at work on the plum tree….

tulip waving goodbye

…though the forecast of a frost tonight might be too much for the blossoms.

It was such a nice spring day by this time, although still not as warm as it should be on a sunny day in April, that I went into the house and took three shots of the garden from upstairs windows.

[caption id="attachment_92735" align="alignnone" width="800"]The front beds, the front lawn and the pond (on the right) The front beds, the front lawn and the pond (on the right)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_92734" align="alignnone" width="800"]The plum tree, the middle lawn and the biggest flower beds The plum tree, the middle lawn and the biggest flower beds (and a glimpse pf the gardener).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_92733" align="alignnone" width="800"]The vegetable garden and the compost bins The vegetable garden and the compost bins[/caption]

This doesn’t show the beds along the front of the house and the small area to the right of the greenhouse.

We wanted to do some shopping at Gretna so we took advantage of the continuing sunshine by packing the bikes into the car and going for a cycle ride before we did the shopping.  The advantage of cycling from Gretna from Mrs Tootlpedal’s point of view is that the roads are exceedingly flat but this didn’t mean that we had a dull outing.

Todhills horses

[caption id="attachment_92727" align="alignnone" width="800"]Bridge of trees at Todhills Mrs Tootlepedal passing under an arch of trees[/caption]

We went south from Gretna and cycled round a 12 mile loop that took us through Rockliffe.  After passing through the village, we took advantage of a rough track to cycle down to the bank of the river Eden.  We were able to look back at the church where we took a walk a week or so ago.

Rockcliffe church

Which ever way we looked, up or down the river, the view was delightful.

[caption id="attachment_92726" align="alignnone" width="800"]River Eden Up river[/caption] [caption id="attachment_92723" align="alignnone" width="800"]River Eden Down river[/caption]

We were a bit alarmed by some very black clouds ahead of us as we cycled back to Gretna but they passed over to thebefore we got back to the car

Another song cycle

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my sister Mary, who was on the Unite for Europe March yesterday (as was my sister Susan).  It was rather mentally dislocating to see this peaceful and sunny picture after the recent events nearby. We had our third consecutive day of beautiful weather here and we areContinue reading “Another song cycle”

Slight miscalculation

I had occasion to give my friend Sue a ring today but she didn’t answer her phone.  It turned out, as you can see from today’s guest picture, that she was picking chanterelles for her tea at an intensive fungus weekend in the Lake District.  Some people have all the fun. The reason that IContinue reading “Slight miscalculation”

From point to point

Today’s guest picture shows a gardener hard at work in Queen Mary’s garden in Regent’s Park.  He was spotted by my sister Mary. We had another beautiful day today and the present weather has certainly made up for the gloomy spell last week.  Owing to failing to go to bed at a sensible time yesterday,Continue reading “From point to point”

A walk in the park

Today’s guest picture shows my stepmother Patricia enjoying the flowers in  Calke Abbey walled garden.  She had been taken there by my brother Andrew, who sent me this. It was choir day in Carlisle today so I started the morning off by making a venison stew for the slow cooker while Mrs Tootlepedal went offContinue reading “A walk in the park”

Mrs Tootlepedal is out to lunch

Today’s guest picture, taken by my sister Mary a few days ago, shows a bed of tulips in St James’ Park, London and it just goes to show that however many lovely tulips Mrs Tootlepedal has in her garden, the Queen can afford more.  A lot more. The weather continues to behave very well forContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal is out to lunch”

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