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Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who said that he was quite surprised to find any group of people pulling together in these divided times.

Andrew's rowers

We left the kind hospitality of my sisters behind after breakfast and set off to catch an underground train to Euston Station.  It was still the busy period as people headed for work and we had to let three terrifically crowded trains go past until we found one with enough space to let us squeeze aboard with our cases.  In the days when I was a regular commuter in London 60 years ago, I used to love the hurly-burly and pushing and shoving of city life but now I am not at all anxious to be treated like cattle just to get on a train.

Anyway, we still arrived at the station in plenty of time and were pleased to find that heavy rain showers in the night had not affected our line, although other lines from London had been affected.

Our train left smoothly for the north, but thanks to a signal problem along the way, it arrived in Carlisle just after our bus to Langholm had departed.  With an hour to wait, we were fortunate to find a good quality cream tea at a modest price in the M&S cafe to assuage our grief and pass the hour until the next bus arrived on time and took us home.

When we got off the train at Carlisle Station, I had noticed this reminder of times past waiting on another line.   Heritage railway excursions have become very popular lately.

sdr

It was good to get home and have a walk round the garden and while we were strolling about, we were joined  by our neighbour Liz.  She had also been away and had missed the same bus as us.  She had found a different way to get to Langholm though and we exchanged notes over a restorative cup of tea.

I walked out into the garden with Liz when she left and noticed a great pile of pollen on the ground under the hydrangea on our house wall.  The hydrangea is totally covered with flowers and, naturally enough, bees too.

bee on hydrangea

I checked on Mrs Tootlepedal’s carefully constructed anti bird defences in the vegetable garden.  They had obviously been working well while we had been away, and there were signs of promising fruits…

strawberry

…and flowers to come.

sweet pea

I had a check for new roses and was very pleased to find that Lilian Austin….

Lilian Austin

…Crown Princess Margareta…

crown princess

…and Ginger Syllabub…

ginger syllabub

…had all appeared since we went away.

In the pond, the first water lily was shyly peeping out from behind a leaf.

water lily

Other new flowers were out.  A Dutch iris…

dutch iris

…a handsome stand of Campanula…

camanula

…and the very first flowers on the Delphiniums.

delphinium

We still have things to come though.

salvia

The weather must have been good while we were away, because the peonies were looking very smart indeed…

pink peony

…in a variety of colours…

coral peony out

…shapes…

coral peony

…and sizes.

white peony out

The daises and geraniums are standing up very well.

daisies and geraniums

It was very good to visit the big city and between us see eleven of our extended family while we were there but it is equally nice to be back among the comforts of our own home again (even though it was quite chilly).

And a siskin was there to welcome us back.

siskin posing

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Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Bruce who was struck by the elegant simplicity of this device for opening all the windows of a glasshouse near Denholm in one fell swoop.

glasshouse window opener

The forecasters tend to look on the gloomy side of things and although we were promised a morning of rain,  thunder and lightning, in the end we got nothing more shocking than another heavy shower and the arrival of Dropscone for coffee.

Dropscone was due to play in a golf tournament near Denholm in the afternoon so he was a bit apprehensive but unless he was very unlucky, he should have been all right because the rest of our day here was fine, often sunny and quite pleasantly warm for once too.

This let me get out into the garden to pick some of Mrs Tootlepedal’s carrots.  We are plagued by carrot root fly so Mrs Tootlepedal has been taking extra precautions this year and they seem to have paid off.  Carrots have joined the beetroot and wild raspberry jam in the home produce section of our kitchen.

carrots, jam and beetroot

The wild raspberries produce a rather ‘pippy’ jam but it does have a very good flavour.

The scientific rain gauge shows just how heavy our brief showers have been…

rain gauge

…but I was able to get out into the garden to do some dead heading and tidying up.  The last of the delphiniums are now assisting the compost.

By early afternoon, not only was the washing hanging out and drying quickly but the poppies were holding their heads up in a very satisfactory way.  I didn’t photograph the washing but I did snap a poppy or two.

 

poppypoppypoppypoppy

Once again the bees had not been discouraged….

bees on poppy and cornflower

…and I was particularly pleased to see a small tortoiseshell as well as the more common large white.

white and tortoiseshell butterflies

The tortoiseshell was hiding in a box ball but I should be able to get a better picture in a few days if it keeps coming to the garden.

I had received an unexpected letter from Germany a few days ago and in it, a lady who has started to read the blog fairly recently introduced herself and told me that she would be coming to Canonbie.  She added that she would be happy to share a cup of tea, a biscuit and some conversation with me.  We had a mutual friend in a colleague who taught across the landing from me in Langholm Primary School some forty years ago.

A cup of tea alone is a considerable inducement but when a biscuit is added, who can resist so I got on the fairly speedy bike, readjusted my new mirror and set off to cycle down to Canonbie by my usual route.

Instead of looking for wild flowers today, I thought that I would look at views on my way.

There was no shortage.

Whita Hill seen from Chapelhills

Whita Hill seen from Chapelhills

Looking down over the Esk valley from Tarcoon

Looking down over the Esk valley from Tarcoon

Cows at Mossknowe

Cows at Mossknowe

Cows at Mossknowe

Cows at Mossknowe: taking the longer view

View through my favourite trees at Grainstonehead

View through my favourite trees at Grainstonehead

Liddle Viaduct at Riddings

Testing the zoom: The Liddle Viaduct at Riddings seen from Grainstonehead about a mile away.

The old road passes Woodhouselees

The old road passes Woodhouselees

As you can see, it was a beautiful afternoon with the added bonus of not being too hot so that when I got to the house that I was visiting, I was in good order to pay a social call.

My welcome was very warm and the tea was refreshing, the biscuit nourishing and the conversation interesting.  It was useful to get a view of Brexit and Britain as seen from abroad as our press is generally very insular and we don’t have much of a view of what is going on over the Channel.  I was pleased that my blog had lead to such a sociable and informative occasion.

I stayed an hour and then cycled on home and took one last view on my way.

Whita seen from the old A7 near Irvine House

Whita seen from the old A7 near Irvine House

I thought that the completed silage and the puddle gave a good reflection of our changeable weather.

The wind was very brisk again and I was happy to find it pushing me back up the hill into Langholm.  We should be grateful for the brisk wind, as it has been helpful in getting things dry after the heavy rain showers.

When I got back home, I had enough energy left from talking and cycling to mow the greenhouse grass and trim back the climbing hydrangea so that it no longer threatens to block our gutter.

hydrangea

I see when I look at the picture, that the trim might need straightening up a bit.

I also had time for a look at two flowers, a nicotiana, a favourite of Mrs Tootlepedal who loves the scent in the evening and a red astrantia, which has waited until the paler varieties are dying back before making an appearance.  As regular readers will know, I dearly love an astrantia so I was very pleased to see this one finally coming out.

astrantia and nocotiana

I was also pleased to see a water lily in flower.  Often when rain fills up the pond, the water lilies get drowned.

Whita seen from the old A7 near Irvine House

It has started to rain again as I write this. We have several more days of sunshine and showers to come but if the balance between the rain and shine is the same as it was today, we won’t complain too much.

 

 

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Keith, a correspondent from Edmonton, Canada says,”Many of the buildings here in Edmonton feature limestone that is just chock-full of fossils and hunting them is a good way to pass time when one is taking shelter from a thunderstorm.”  I think that there must have been a storm because he sent me this as today’s guest picture.

Edmonton fossils

We were far from stormy here today as our spell of very reasonable weather continued.

We had a lull in the appearance of new poppies so I had to settle for purple pictures from the back bed….

moss rose, buddleia and knapweed

…and phlocks of phlox.  The white ones are doing well and have flower heads almost the size of phootballs.

phlox

In the vegetable garden, the cardoon is threatening to take over the world and now towers over me.

Cardoon

Photo courtesy of Mrs Tootlepedal Photo Services Inc

It has a several flowers waiting to come out but sadly they may be just too high in the sky for ordinary mortals to enjoy.

While we were in the veg garden, there was quite a lot of sympathetic nodding to be done as Mrs Tootlepedal bewailed the incessant depredations of the sparrows which constantly nip the tops off growing plants.  We may not get any runner beans this year at all thanks to them.

Somehow I managed to pass the morning without doing anything more meaningful than the crossword and making coffee and taking a few more pictures in the garden.

Among the new arrivals are these alstroemeria…

alstromeria

…and this Japanese anemone.

Japanese anemone

Welcome as new flowers are, these two signal the turning of the year and the start of the descent into autumn so the welcome for them is a bit ambivalent.

Nasturtiums are in the same camp.

nasturtium

It feels that the later flowers are a bit early this year but we have had an untypical weather pattern to contend with so maybe the flowers are confused.

We are not short of colourful corners though.

colourful corner

Spirea, ligularia, nasturtium and roses

One thing that caught my eye today were these petals on this clematis which have neatly curled up to make a point.

clematis

After lunch, we settled down to watch a short but exciting stage of the Tour de France.  I took the precaution of changing into my cycling gear, pumping up the tyres on the fairly speedy bike and filling the water bottle  before I started watching the telly so that as soon as the race finished, I could get going and not loll about just thinking about going.

This cunning plan worked well and I was soon off on the twenty mile trip down to Canonbie and back.  Tuesday’s long ride had left my legs in fine fettle and I pedalled away very happily, easily able to persuade myself that the casual spectator would have had a hard time distinguishing between me and a real cyclist.

in spite of the best efforts of Genghis the Grasscutter, wild flowers are still to be seen beside the Wauchope road.

orchid and harebell

Sometimes in large numbers.

Yellow agrimony

Yellow agrimony

I took a closer look at the agrimony and the thistle too.

Yellow agrimony and thistle

I need three things to come together for a vigorous ride – good legs, good breathing and a friendly breeze and today for once, I had all three.  After I had taken the wild flower pictures,  I pressed on, enjoying the feeling of going well.  It may sound a bit silly but so pleasant is the sensation of cycling when all is going well that it is easy to day dream a bit and remember younger days.

Small hills soon put a stop to that sort of thing but it is not a bad thing to have some illusions in life.

I stopped for a second look at wild flowers when I was nearly home.  The knapweed is glorious on the old A7.

knapweed

Mixed in with it were some greater birdsfoot trefoil (thanks to Clare Pooley for the ID) and a clump of bright yellow flowers which Mrs Tootlepedal thinks is yellow bedstraw.

trefoil and yellow flowers

To my great delight, I managed to achieve an average speed of 15 mph for the Canonbie circuit today for the first time this year and it goes to show what a good idea it is to watch some top class cyclists going like the wind just before you set off for a ride.

There was time for another walk round the garden when I got home.

The lilies on land are thriving….

lilies

…and there is a lily on the water in the pond too…

Water Lily

….though it is a bit cramped for space.

The rose of the day is Special Grandma which is flowering freely.

Special Grandma

In the evening, Mike and Alison came round and more wind was expended in blowing my flute as Alison and I played through the three excellent pieces which Alison bought on her recent Welsh holiday.  I will not be short of music to practise for some weeks or  months yet.

The flying bird of the day was resting on a hedge.

blackbird

 

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Today’s guest picture is another from Dropscone’s eldest boy Dennis who works at Biggin Hill Airfield.  He recently had the opportunity to see a wonderful display of second world war aircraft.

biggin hillIt was a fine but breezy morning and I had to put aside the chance of a pedal until later as there was quite a lot to do in the way of business.

I did have time to walk round the garden in the sun though.

sedum

The sedum has dried out and is looking ready to burst into flower

Japanese anemones

Japanese anemones are flowering freely now

Fuchsia

My favourite dancers

A newspaper article yesterday said that 50% of those asked couldn’t name a single bee.  I certainly can…..

bee on dahlia…this one is called Archibald.

After a good run, the ligularia has gone over but it has left an interesting tangle behind.

ligulariaThe tropaeolum has also finished flowering but it still has lots of ways to please the eye, not least its multicoloured pawnbrokers’ signs.

tropaeolumThe sweet peas are rather subdued this year but still elegant.

sweet peaOver lunch I had a chance to watch the birds.  The brisk wind slowed the chaffinches up as they approached the feeder and gave me many flying opportunities….

chaffinches…and after lunch, I went out into the garden.  It was still fine so I took another picture or two…..

dahlia and water lily

In front of the pond and in the pond.

phlox

A view over the hedge from the front lawn to the garden bed across the middle lawn

colourful corner

Phlox, astrantia and special Grandma making a colourful corner

…and then I mowed the drying green and the paths on the front lawn.  I couldn’t resist another look at the cornflowers.

cornflowersThey appeal to me immensely.

Next I picked some more of the blackcurrants.  The blackbirds are generously helping me finish the gooseberries but they have left a lot of blackcurrants untouched. I am cutting the blackcurrant bush back as I pick and perhaps the birds will be able to see the fruit better now and I may have more difficulty in keeping the remaining fruit for myself.

I am progressing with turning Bin B into Bin C while Mrs Tootlepedal is producing ever more material for Bin A.  Luckily the warmer weather is helping the composting process and the bin is going down as fast as she puts more in.

compost

Bin A and Bin B

It is always annoying to get well down a bin of steadily rotting compost and find a layer of box leaves as green as the day that you put them in.  Such is life.

It was just getting to the time when a pedal was in order when first the garden centre rang up to say that they were just about to deliver a load of logs…..and then it started it to rain.  The pedalling plan was abandoned.

Luckily Mike Tinker dropped in just as the logs were being delivered and with his help, we had them out of the big bags and into a very neat pile in no time at all.

logsWe did the labouring and Mike, who is an engineer at heart, built the pile.  It really was a case of many hands making light work as it would have taken us ages without him.

The day went downhill from there on as the rain became persistent and the composting, mowing and log heaving took their toll on my small stock of energy.  Sitting down quietly and sighing became the order of the day.

The grumpy pigeon was back again, surveying life in the rain with its usual disapproving air.

pigeonI know how it felt.

Today’s flying bird is yet another chaffinch, this time caught just before it put the brakes on.

flying chaffinch

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Today’s guest picture was supplied by Sandy.  Because I was in the choir, I missed much of the goings on on the Baton Relay day.  To make up for this, Sandy has kindly sent me a picture of the mounted Cornet carrying the baton down the Kirk Wynd with an escort of flags of all nations in the hands of pupils from our local school lining his way.

Baton  Relay

The high pressure that has given us several days of warm dry weather with plenty of sunshine was still in place today and it was a tremendous pleasure to step out into Mrs Tootlepedal’s garden after a disgracefully late breakfast and luxuriate in the aromas and the colours that surrounded me.

We are going to take some fairly drastic action to end the problem of our leaking end wall and the joiner who will be part of the action came round to talk about the work in the morning and Mrs Tootlepedal met the builder in the evening and they have both promised to get us ballpark quotes very soon so we are getting quite excited by the possibility that some work may actually be done.  It was odd to be talking about deep winter problems on midsummer day but the work needs to be done before too long or another year will pass by with more leaks through the wall.   We live in hope.

We spent the rest of the morning pottering in the garden doing useful task.  Mine included dead heading and mowing the grass round the greenhouse…and taking a few pictures of course.

nasturtium

The perennial nasturtium was well covered and the builder of the web can be seen in the picture.

Mrs Tootlepedal spotted an insect on an Astrantia.  We used to think that we knew what a bee looked like but with a bit more knowledge, we now realise that we don’t know much about bees, wasps and hoverflies at all and wondered which one of these  this one is.

insect on astrantia

I took several other pictures before lunch but when I looked at them later, they all seemed to be strangely familiar from previous posts.  When the garden looks as nice as it did today, it is hard not to go round looking at the same things which you looked at yesterday as they are no less beautiful today than they were then.

I am putting one in anyway as Mrs Simpkins Feathered Pink is one of my favourites and it is thriving.

Mrs Simpkins

Among my tasks, I cleared some weed from the pond and this left a little room for a couple of water lilies to poke their heads up.

water lilies

Our pond is so small that the lily flowers don’t get much chance to do well.

l had another tin of French sardines for lunch.  With all the oily fish that I have been eating lately, my brain should be much improved but there is no evidence of this at all.  Still the sardines, which were embellished with whole green peppercorns, were very tasty.

Over lunch I had time to watch a few birds.

sparrow

A sparrow, our most frequent visitors at the moment.

jackdaw

A jackdaw, also a regular visitor with young families to be fed.

blackbird

A busy blackbird. The supply of worms from the lawn seems inexhaustible.

I sometimes think that I concentrate too much on single blooms to give a true picture of the garden so I took a couple of wider shots while I was shaking down the sardines after lunch.

rose and campanula

I took some close ups too.

There are a lot of Martagon lilies waiting to come out.

There are a lot of Martagon lilies waiting to come out.

I was very pleased to see that one of the Fuschias in the garden is doing better this year than last.  Last year it didn’t have a single bloom.  This year it has.  This is it.

Fuchsia

Mrs Tootlepedal fed and watered it generously today. We hope for more flowers.

The garden is full of the scent of flowers and chief among the producers are several Philadelphus bushes dotted around the place.  This double one is the most recent to come into flower.

philadelphus

After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal and I walked up to Sandy’s house as he was celebrating his 64th birthday with a drop-in party and had been kind enough to invite us to join the company.  He looked very well considering his age.

Sandy at 64

It is good to see that his recovery from pneumonia is going well and he will be back at work next week.  We had a very pleasant time chatting to his friends and family in his back garden and left just in time to make room for another tranche of incoming guests.  I have no doubt that serious revelry is continuing as I write this in the evening.

When we got home, Mrs Tootlepedal returned to pottering in the garden and I went for a short pedal on the slow bike just to shake the stiffness out of my legs.

The wild flowers in the roadside verges are gradually giving away to grasses now…

roadside grasses

…but I was quite pleased with myself for spotting a small clump of orchids at one point in the trip.

orchids

It was difficult to get a good shot of them without lying down in the road which was a risk that I didn’t care to take.

When I got back, Mrs Tootlepedal was still gardening so I walked round with a camera to record the results of her work.

A new Dutch Iris has come out just as the blue Siberian ones are almost over.  It starts off modestly and then springs into action

Dutch Iris

moss rose William Lobb

The moss rose William Lobb surrounded by the promise of many more to come.

The mellow evening light on the longest day of the year was just right for showing some of the plants at their best.

Siberian Iris and Clematis Ernest Markham

Siberian Iris and Clematis Ernest Markham

foxglove

Foxglove

since I have started to look more closely at flowers, I have never ceased to amazed by their intricacy and variety.  A geranium and a lily provide a nice contrast in styles between the coy and the thrusting.

geranium and lily

Throughout the day, we had short practices of the two songs we are going to sing in Glasgow tomorrow and in the evening we got ourselves as well organised as we could for an early start to a long day.  I am not going to take a camera with me as I want to concentrate fully on the task in hand (and anyway I would probably leave it somewhere in the coming and going and forget to bring it home).

The ever deepening blue of an Eryngium made it an obvious candidate for the non flying flower of the day today.

eryngium

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s picture, sent by her mother,  shows Hannah, my friend Gavin’s granddaughter, with the biggest smile in Newcastle.  She is thinking of the tooth fairy.

Hannah

It was a very reasonable day for cycling and I had an invitation from Dropscone to go out for a morning run but unfortunately I also had an invitation from the optician to go and try out my new glasses and that was the one that I had to accept.   Mrs Tootlepedal was also getting new glasses so we drove down to Longtown after breakfast.  I was very excited as I hoped that my new cool wrap round varifocal cycling specs would be there but it turned out that it was only the frames that had arrived.  These were fine but I will have to wait another two weeks for the lenses to arrive.

In the meantime, both Mrs Tootlepedal and I walked out with bright new day-to-day glasses, literally so in her case as she has some tasteful sparkly bits on the frames.

When we got back, Mrs Tootlepedal had to prepare the rooms for a B&B guest and I did what I am best at and kept out of the way.  As I want to make the best of the forecast good weather over the next few days, I did a lot more pro relaxing during the day though I did snap a few flowers here and there.

campanula

I like the curly organs on this campanula.  It also has added foam from some sort of bug in its heart.

clover

An ornamental clover has added itself to the white flowers that are out.

The warmer weather and the lack of strong wind let the roses shine a bit more than they have been over the past few days.

rose

Jacobite rose

A Jacobite rose, the second of two bushes in the garden to come into flower.

One of the water lilies in the pond has found a little space for itself.

water lily

Notice the little black flies on the rose and the lily.  They get everywhere.

eryngium

I think that this eryngium can be said to be out at last.

I didn’t neglect the birds.

siskin

A siskin in characteristic pose.

baby jackdaw passing through

A baby jackdaw passing through.

parent and child sparrow

A parent and child of the sparrow family.

We tried opening up my ‘potatoes in a bag’ but the compost seemed very dry and the bag felt very light so we stopped and watered them well and left the grand opening for another day.  Getting the watering right is a problem as once the compost gets dry, it is hard to get it wet again without over watering the whole thing.  The same thing happened last year when we got very good looking stems and leaves but not many potatoes.  This may be the end of my experiments in this field.

After lunch, there was a fine selection of sport to watch as I continued my programme of heavy relaxation – cycling on ITV and tennis on the BBC.  Both provided excellent entertainment today and the Djokovic-Del Potro match had some of the best tennis that I have ever seen.

I did go out into the garden from time to time and mowed the front lawn, sieved a bucket of compost and trimmed another of the box balls. Mrs Tootlepedal was very busy  with weeding, clearing out and putting muck in as well as trimming another of the box balls.  We have done four now but there are many more still to do.

I had a camera in hand of course.

martagon lily

The first pink Martagon lily has arrived

clematis

The showy clematis is looking really zingy

clematis

A clematis close up

hawkweed with bee

There are enough bees to go round almost every plant.

The tennis seemed to go on forever so I stopped resting and got the speedy(ish) bike out and went for a ride.  It was a lot warmer than it has been and the wind had dropped a lot so I was able to enjoy myself.  The two days of resting had also paid off and I felt well enough to average 15 mph for my 25 mile ride.  It is also probably true to say that my joints and breathing work better in the late afternoon than they do in the early morning.

I took the camera with me and stopped to take two panoramic shots of the road on each side of Callister.  Sadly, the camera has flattened out the hill quite a lot so my climbing looks easier than it was. (I have to admit that they are pretty easy climbs in the first place.)

callister

My route  was well chosen and I was able to scoot down the hill for the last five and a half miles with the light wind behind me at an average of 23 mph which was a very satisfactory way to end a good short pedal.

I took a very unflattering picture of myself on the bridge at Paddockhole.  It shows that the Tootlepedal Diet® has some way to go before achieving its aim of a finely toned body.  I see that my Z-Vêtement jersey can still be purchased but only as a ‘retro’ piece of cycling kit.  It was worn by one of my cycling heroes, Robert Millar which was why I bought this one twenty years ago or so.

Tootlepedal

I hope my new glasses will make me look a bit cooler.

I didn’t stay out long enough to avoid watching Andy Murray play the last three sets of his Wimbledon semi-final but it turned out to be quite good viewing and we all wish him well in the final.  (I won’t be able to watch that.  I am planning a good long cycle ride instead.)

It was a very pleasant summer day today and all the more welcome after the dreadful weather of last year.

A flying chaffinch obliged.

flying chaffinch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today’s picture, sent by Gavin who is on holiday, shows a tower that houses barn owls.  I’ll have to up my bird feeder game to keep up with this sort of thing.

photo(3)

We woke to a miserable wet and windy day.  It was a pity as it was our daughter’s last morning with us and we drove her to the train in Carlisle in gloomy mood.  I took the opportunity to top up my supply of coffee beans with a nice selection from around the world.  Ironically, as soon as Annie had got onto the train, the weather improved and by teatime, it was a beautiful sunny, summer day.

It stayed fairly windy and as I was feeling pretty tired, I did quite a bit of pro resting while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help with the driving for the disabled.  I managed to find the energy to mow the middle lawn and while I was doing this, Sandy arrived and we had a cup of tea.

Mike Tinker also called round and that was about all the excitement that the day offered.

I did a little gentle garden snapping from time to time.

A Rosa Goldfinch has started to flower and I like the way that it goes from this at the start…

rosa goldfinch

…through this….

rosa goldfinch

…and ends up like this.

rosa goldfinch

Three for the price of one.

There is a philadelphus near the plum tree that was nearly strangled by a clematis.  Mrs Tootlepedal has cleared away the clematis and pruned the philadephus and it seems to be happy.

philadelphus

White is big in the garden at the moment and the pinks are whiter than ever.

pinks

In our little pond we have some little water lilies which struggle to find enough space to grow.  From a photographer’s point of view, it is annoying that they almost always attract little black flies which slightly spoil the picture.

water lily

The white peony had attracted a bee into its secretly coloured interior.

white peony with bee

The blue delphinium had its admirers too.

delphinium with bee

The birds were much as usual with no exciting strangers visiting but as always, they gave great pleasure to anyone with the time to watch them.

chaffinch

A chaffinch for my sister Susan

chaffinch

A diagonal chaffinch

siskin and greenfinch

A siskin faces up to a greenfinch but in this case the greenfinch won and the siskin moved off.

In the evening, I went to the Archive Centre with Jean (Sandy was off gallivanting somewhere) and we did some good work but I was generally so tired that we didn’t stop for a refreshment afterwards.

One of my correspondents asked for a picture of the inside of the sourdough loaf so, ever attentive to the requirements of the readers, here it is.

sourdough loaf

It tastes good whatever it looks like.

We are promised a spell of good weather and I shall try to get rested and find a few more interesting things to snap away at over the next few days.  I am hoping to get a new set of cool cycling glasses tomorrow morning and they will make me cycle much further and faster with a lot less effort (I hope).

There was no shortage of flying birds to day so here are two.

flying chaffinch

flying chaffinch

 

 

 

 

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