Waiting for Godot or The Gasman Cometh

Today’s guest picture come from Mike Tinker.  Knowing my fondness for taking photos of pheasants, he sent me this picture to remind me of how they start out. The planning for the day revolved around someone being at home to greet the gas man when he arrived to give our boiler its annual service.  SinceContinue reading “Waiting for Godot or The Gasman Cometh”

It’s taking part that matters

Warning this post contains (far) too many words and pictures. Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who seems to have been Scarborough this morning. Alert readers will have gathered from the title of today’s post that our Carlisle Community Choir did not carry off the prize at the Manchester choir competition.  Apart fromContinue reading “It’s taking part that matters”

Calm after the storm

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia, who was wandering across the Somerset levels at East Lyng when she was passed by a freight train. From our point of view, it wasn’t much of a storm yesterday but it was certainly calm and sunny when we got up this morning.  From a cyclingContinue reading “Calm after the storm”

Doris Day is not a big hit

There is no guest picture today because I do not have one and so a gallery from the Moorland Feeders will take top billing instead. We were threatened with wind, rain and snow as storm Doris came to visit us today but after a night of rain, we were largely untroubled by her  during theContinue reading “Doris Day is not a big hit”

Driven mad by a little sunshine

I have raided my brother’s visit to Exeter for another guest picture today.  He had rather gloomy weather for the trip but managed to get out for long enough to photograph a new bike and pedestrian bridge over the river. Today was the last of my visits, for a while  at least, to the MoorlandContinue reading “Driven mad by a little sunshine”

Song cycle

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Exeter.  It is self explanatory. (Just in case it isn’t self explanatory, here is a link.) We had a pretty strong indication from the Met Office that it was going to rain in the afternoon.  This meant that if I wanted a pedal, I wouldContinue reading “Song cycle”


Today’s guest picture was taken by Mike Tinker when he was visiting a zoo in New Zealand.  Neither Mrs Tinker nor Mrs Tootlepedal are flattered in any way. The day started very grey and drizzly and I was more than happy to spend some of the morning sampling Dropscone’s scones with a bit of CumbrianContinue reading “Overshooting”

Slow cooking, a short pedal and a long sing

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my sister Mary.  It shows a fine arum lily given to her at Christmas by one of her nephews and his wife. We had a much brighter day today but it was too full of activity for me to enjoy it photographically to the full. Being Sunday,Continue reading “Slow cooking, a short pedal and a long sing”

With a heigh-ho, the wind and the rain

Today’s guest picture was one that I meant to use some time ago but forgot.  It shows a clock on the University Hospital tower in Manchester.  My brother took it in early January. I was pleased to have a guest picture with some blue sky in it today because there was not the slightest hintContinue reading “With a heigh-ho, the wind and the rain”

Dull with bright spots

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s recent visit to Exeter.  It shows a very neat bridge, which was built by the mayor to cover a gap in the town walls so he (the mayor) didn’t have to climb up and down every year when the walls had to be inspected. We woke toContinue reading “Dull with bright spots”