Trying to gauge the weather correctly

Today’s guest picture comes from Anne, my cello playing friend Mike’s wife, who came across a very odd looking bird at her daughter’s bird feeder.  I would like to see red squirrels in our garden. It was one of those days when it was hard to get some satisfactory organisation into my outdoor life thanksContinue reading “Trying to gauge the weather correctly”

Risen from the shed

Today’s guest picture shows an interesting robin, seen in Nottingham by my brother Andrew. After many weeks absence, we saw a robin in our garden today…. …but it was a rather more modest bird than the Nottingham one.. Alert readers will have noted the absence of Sandy from the blog in recent weeks.  The reasonContinue reading “Risen from the shed”

More summer weather

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my friend Bruce.  As the rain poured down today, it was good to be reminded of our sunny Common Riding which this enthusiast observed from beside the Castleholm. It rained so heavily during the night that it woke us both up.  Luckily it didn’t rain that heavilyContinue reading “More summer weather”

A typical summer day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She was visiting the Lake District a couple of days ago and enjoyed the same good weather as we have been having.  She took this picture from the top of a double decker bus while she was going from Grasmere to Keswick. After the excitements of theContinue reading “A typical summer day”

A great day

No guest picture today but a portrait of Cornet Little, who carried the town’s flag today. We had been promised all sorts of weather, thunderstorms, steady rain, occasional drizzle but in the end, we got a beautiful day for our Common Riding and it was shirtsleeve order until the very end of the day whenContinue reading “A great day”

A summer day (and night)

Today’s guest picture comes from the phone camera of our younger son, Al who took it while sitting on the new bench in our garden this afternoon. It is a very smart device which not only takes the pictures that he wants but often takes one or two just before and/or just after he hasContinue reading “A summer day (and night)”

Swan song

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to Kew.  As well as dragons, she saw this interesting creature.  It is called Gnomus (but I don’t gnow why). The joiners having finished their work, the painter came today and the front of the house is on its way to looking well cared for.  A spannerContinue reading “Swan song”

Rushing about (slowly)

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia, who left the rural delights of Somerset and visited Kew Gardens in the company of my sister Mary.  She found that it was a place where, as they say, “Here be dragons.” I didn’t do much today, another cloudy,  warm and dry day, but what I did do tookContinue reading “Rushing about (slowly)”

A trio of trios

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba.  She really does have a scientific rain gauge and she was very pleased to find it had some rain in it, as they too have been suffering from a drought. We had a gentle spot or two of rain today but once again it was notContinue reading “A trio of trios”

Double cream

Today’s picture is another from Anne’s visit to Elgin and shows what is left of Elgin Cathedral which was founded in the 13th century. We had another pleasantly warm day with a cooling breeze, only spoiled by the complete absence of any rain.  These are not words that have appeared on the blog before! MrsContinue reading “Double cream”

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