Cold comfort

Today’s guest picture was taken at their home by Irene, my South African correspondent Tom’s wife.  Life is tough there in the autumn but someone has to live it. Tom rubbed salt in the wound by complaining about their drought when he sent me the picture and it felt especially painful when we woke upContinue reading “Cold comfort”

A little cold

Today’s guest picture is another form Bruce’s holiday.  As well as foreign ladybirds, he met a scarecrow with a butterfly in its beard.  It seems like a really good value trip. We awoke to the first really cold morning of the month, with temperatures of -2C recorded overnight and signs of frost outside.  ( IContinue reading “A little cold”

A walk and a squawk

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who found plenty of sunshine when she went to visit the Limehouse Cut Canal a couple of days ago. We had some pleasant sunshine here today as well but as it came with a brisk and chilly north wind, I thought it better to go for walkContinue reading “A walk and a squawk”

A whim

Today’s guest picture shows some interesting ladybirds spotted by Bruce at Nunnington Hall.  Honestly, they are interesting….and spotted,  Bruce tells me that they are Harlequin ladybirds,  Harmonia axyridis,  that are not native to Britain and are sometimes called the “Halloween ladybird” because of the time of the year they flock to the UK. Our briefContinue reading “A whim”

Monument, mist and memorial

Today’s guest picture involves an elaborate play on words.  Whereas a recent guest picture showed a links in Spain where Dropscone played golf and photographed, today’s guest picture shows a lynx in Spain which Venetia saw and photographed. We had another dry and sunny day today, the third without rain in a row.  We areContinue reading “Monument, mist and memorial”

Travelling

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s trip to Spain.  She passed through El Rocio in Andalucia and discovered that it is the ‘Town of the Horse’. We had another dry day today, with lighter winds but no sun in the morning. This made the morning cycle ride round my customary Canonbie circle a slightlyContinue reading “Travelling”

Into every life etc….but not today.

Today’s guest picture is another mode of transport spotted by my friend Bruce on his jaunt in the south.  This time he was at Pickering. It was raining in the very early hours of the morning but by the time that we got up, the rain had gone and the sun had appeared.  To stopContinue reading “Into every life etc….but not today.”

A drop of golden sun (but just a drop)

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Bruce who encountered this elegant pedal powered equipage in Malton. The morning dawned, as is customary, with grey skies and a persistent drizzle which sometimes veered into downright rain. Under these circumstances, to linger over breakfast and the newspapers for long enough to slide imperceptibly into coffee andContinue reading “A drop of golden sun (but just a drop)”

Welcome

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to Seville.  I enquired about oranges and she has sent both oranges and lemons. We had another dispiritingly grey day today so it was no great hardship to spend the morning in the Welcome to Langholm office in the Market Place.  I welcomed two seekers after informationContinue reading “Welcome”

Bring me sunshine

Today’s guest picture comes from my much travelled Somerset correspondent, Venetia, who has turned up in Seville and was impressed by the orderly queue she found there. The promised better weather was a bit slow in coming today and didn’t arrive until we were leaving for Carlisle and our afternoon choir practice.  I suppose thatContinue reading “Bring me sunshine”