Gear failure

My children have been looking upwards.  After my daughter’s moon shots yesterday, my older son Tony saw some aeroplanes playing noughts and crosses in the sky over Edinburgh this morning. It was another perfect day today, still and sunny from start to finish.  I was intent on cycling but it was too cold for meContinue reading “Gear failure”

In training

Today’s guest pictures come from my daughter Annie.  She looked on the internet for advice on camera settings, used her tripod and, over the space of an hour, took much better pictures of the lunar eclipse than I did.  Click on the picture for an expanded look at it. We had yet another fine, calmContinue reading “In training”

On the go

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba and shows a rather strange extra rock under the tree in her garden. Our run of really good weather continued today, although the temperatures are definitely getting chilly in the morning. I was pleased to wake up at a reasonable time as I had set myContinue reading “On the go”

Lorne Care

Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle correspondent Fiona.  She took the family to the seaside at Cullercoats on the east coast.  Sharp eyed readers will notice some sea bathers who can be counted as pretty hardy folk. It was a blue sky treat of a day today, cool and dewy in the morning butContinue reading “Lorne Care”

Showing up

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia, who is hanging around in Brazil focussing on jaguars.  She made a very good job of focussing her camera on this one. We were focussed on the Eskdale Agricultural Show, commonly known as the Cattle Show, for most of the day today.  I started off byContinue reading “Showing up”

Hedge fund

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit to Staffordshire by my brother, where he passed Castern Hall, a privately owned 18th-century country house in the Manifold Valley, near Ilam.  It has often been used as a film set and I see from its web site that you can buy it if you want, as itContinue reading “Hedge fund”

An up and down sort of day

Today’s guest picture, sent by her mother, shows Matilda cleaning a fork at the sink. I had a day which didn’t go precisely to plan but which was mostly very enjoyable anyway.  It started well enough with a week of the newspaper index being dispatched into the Archive Group database, followed by a quick scoutContinue reading “An up and down sort of day”

Not drowning but waving my arms about

Today’s guest picture shows Mrs Tootlepedal’s nephew Julian near the summit of the famous Alpe d’Huez.  He was taking part in the second year of a stupendous fund raising cycle event with family and friends which has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for a cancer charity over the past two years.  The amount ofContinue reading “Not drowning but waving my arms about”

A straightforward but circular day

Today’s guest picture shows a hyacinth macaw which my Somerset correspondent Venetia met.  She didn’t meet it in Somerset though.  She is currently in the Pantanal, the Brazilian wetlands. We had a first rate autumn morning here, with blue skies and a crisp temperature.  At 6°C this gave me a problem.  Cycling was on myContinue reading “A straightforward but circular day”

Welcome home

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother and shows two of his venerable sisters discussing a very interesting blog over breakfast while they were visiting him.  (This is an entirely spontaneous moment and there is no element of artificial posing in this picture.) Our fine weather took leave of absence for a while today and,Continue reading “Welcome home”