Mrs Tootlepedal gets her jotters

Today’s guest picture shows Hardwick Hall, a fine Elizabethan house,  which my brother visited last week. Here, we had another day of second hand continental weather with the sun trying its best to peek through an enveloping haze.  The up side was that it was pleasantly warm and by the afternoon it was the kindContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal gets her jotters”

A dull day

Today’s guest picture comes from Amy, one of my correspondents, who saw the picture of the hawk in our garden earlier this week and has kindly sent me a picture which she took of a sharp shinned hawk in her garden in Michigan (I think) last year. I was hoping for a sunshine breakthrough thisContinue reading “A dull day”

A degree of difference

Today’s guest picture, sent by my sister Mary, shows the Earl of Pembroke, Chancellor of the University 1617-30, in a design by Rubens, looking very pleased with himself in front of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It was an almost sunny day today.  All day it looked as though the sun was going to burst throughContinue reading “A degree of difference”

Me and my girl?

Today’s guest picture once again comes from NZ  but this time not from my neighbour Liz.  It shows Maisie in the garden reading a story to her littler sister Frances.  It was sent to me by Jennie, Maisie’s mother. Here, another cold, grey, windy day easily persuaded me to let Dropscone battle round the morningContinue reading “Me and my girl?”

The best laid plans

Today’s guest picture is another from my neighbour Liz’s tour of NZ.  She is being very good about supplying me with guest photos while she is there.  This is the beach at Napier. Dropscone was  busy this morning and Mrs Tootlepedal went off to work so there was nothing for it but to go forContinue reading “The best laid plans”

Early to rise, early to bed

Today’s guest picture is another from my neighbour Liz’s venture to New Zealand.  It shows Tane Mahuta, thought to be the oldest Kauri tree in NZ  at 2000 years old and with a  height of 51.5 meters and a girth of 13.8 metres. Yesterday I had suggested a jaunt to the Lake District to MrsContinue reading “Early to rise, early to bed”

A small host

Today’s guest picture, sent to me by my daughter Annie, shows a tree surgeon cutting up the eucalyptus tree that was blown over in their garden by the recent gales.  Sadly, it makes for poor burning so all of it will go to shredding. After two days of sunshine in Langholm, the meteorological authorities, fearingContinue reading “A small host”

Rule of thirds

Today’s guest picture comes from my neighbour Liz, who lives just across the road but who has sent me this photograph of a geyser in the Maori Village at Whakarewarewe,New Zealand, from the other side of the world (where she is on holiday). We had a bit of a shock when we woke up toContinue reading “Rule of thirds”

From Esk to Teviot

Today’s guest picture, sent to me from Hathersage by my friend Bruce, is a curious street scene. It is only when you realise that it is part of a staged exhibition of street furniture designed by David Mellor that it makes some sense. For one reason or another, I wasn’t feeling at my peak whenContinue reading “From Esk to Teviot”

Open Dawes policy

Today’s guest picture shows spring in Regent’s Park, London this morning.  It was sent to me by my sister Mary who was enjoying a game of tennis on the one of the public courts in the Park. By contrast here, Mrs Tootlepedal reported snow on the lawn when she got up.  By the time thatContinue reading “Open Dawes policy”

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