On the slow train to Edinburgh

Today’s first guest picture, taken by her mother, shows Matilda telling an amusing story to her grandfather. The second guest picture shows just how terrifying Matilda was in her special Halloween costume. The alert reader will gather from the guest pictures that I accompanied Mrs Tootlepedal on her weekly grandmothering trip to Edinburgh.  We gaveContinue reading “On the slow train to Edinburgh”

Goodbye sunshine

Today’s guest picture shows Dunstanburgh Castle on the north-east coast of England.  Gavin walked past it in the sunshine while on the Craster coastal walk yesterday. The authorities have decided that a single day of crisp sunshine was all that we deserved and we were back to the warm, wet and grey weather again today. Continue reading “Goodbye sunshine”

Never a dull moment

Today’s guest picture is from one of my sister Mary’s walks. She was impressed by the disciplined formation of these gulls. After a couple of tumultuous days of wind and rain, we were blessed with a day of peace today.  The wind dropped away to almost nothing and the sun shone and all was rightContinue reading “Never a dull moment”

Making the best of a bad day

Today’s picture is another from Bruce’s cruise.  He tells me that they were enjoying a drink while taking in this view of the  caldera at Santorini, the site of a massive collapse in the Minoan era which caused a tsunami that may have been responsible for the story of Atlantis, the drowned city.  It looksContinue reading “Making the best of a bad day”

Hopeful

Today’s guest picture comes from Gavin, one of my neighbours, who wonders whether having the builders in can have caused this overnight outbreak of toadstools on his lawn.  I would be more worried about what has been taking the great bites out of them. Dropscone came round with some scones in hand to have aContinue reading “Hopeful”

Short day, short post

Today’s guest picture is another from my friend Bruce who has been cruising the Black Sea.  He and his wife went to Istanbul one day and paid a visit to the celebrated underground cistern. The older you get, the longer it takes you to get your day re-established once the clocks have changed.  It isContinue reading “Short day, short post”

Autumn fruit

Today’s guest picture comes from my nomadic friend Bruce who found himself in the Odessa Opera House in Ukraine during a rehearsal earlier this week. We had a day of two halves today.  The morning was grey, wet and windy and the afternoon was grey and windy but not quite so wet.  This gave usContinue reading “Autumn fruit”

Home and away

Today’s guest picture comes from the camera of Mrs Tootlepedal, who was away in Edinburgh visiting the WGB.  It shows Matilda in animated discussion with a duck. I stayed at home this week, partly because mother and grandmother can manage surprisingly well without my help and partly because we were promised a reasonable day withContinue reading “Home and away”

Eyes down

Today’s guest picture shows Queentown’s harbour taken in the evening by my brother Andrew when he visited the town earlier this month.. Another windy day discouraged me from going cycling and I was secretly quite pleased as I am going through one of those periods when I am feeling a bit tired.  Doing nothing moreContinue reading “Eyes down”

On song

It was a grey and gloomy day today and I needed a very cheerful guest picture.  Matilda kindly assisted by sending me this picture of her teaching her dad how to swim.  He seems to be enjoying it.  She takes her teaching task seriously. The forecast offered Dropscone and me a window of opportunity forContinue reading “On song”

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