Parkin(son)’s law

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He tells me that he is shocked to see the damage and road blockages in Langholm, but adds that they have obstructions in South Africa too. The temperature leapt up the scale today, and all the snow had disappeared. Unfortunately, the clouds remained andContinue reading “Parkin(son)’s law”

A false dawn

I needed something cheery for my guest picture on a very gloomy day, so I looked back for this picture from my Lancashire correspondent Paul, who was in the Lake District earlier in the year. When I got up, it looked as though we might have a cheerful day here after a -5°C night .Continue reading “A false dawn”

Far too many fallen trees

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He woke to find a sprinkling of snow on his balcony. This was a coincidence because we woke to snow here too . . . . . . and we had to walk very carefully to church to sing in the church choir. Although itContinue reading “Far too many fallen trees”

How are the mighty fallen

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. In the forecast, East Wemyss was predicted to get the worst of the wind and we were worried for them. But fate was kind, and today East Wemyss was once again the sunshine capital of Scotland, as Tony and his partner Marianne found when they went forContinue reading “How are the mighty fallen”

Another birthday

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She saw this fishy sculpture beside the sea, and, in a sign of the times, she tells me that it is entirely filled with plastic rubbish picked up from the beach. It was Mrs Tootlepedal’s birthday today. She is a remarkable person, and has now been sixtyContinue reading “Another birthday”

An unexpected opportunity

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. It shows that they have autumn colour in London too. We woke to sub zero temperatures (-2°C) but some cheerful sunshine made up for the cold. I had a look at the birds after breakfast . . . . . . and then went for a shortContinue reading “An unexpected opportunity”

More sociable celebrations

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She had a chilly but sparkling day for a walk round Portsmouth, and found the famous Spinnaker Tower looking at its best. We had a chilly but far from sparkling day here, with some persistent drizzle in the morning putting paid to my scheme for a earlyContinue reading “More sociable celebrations”

More cake

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who noticed this unusual street sign in an alley when he was on a visit to Spondon. It was quite an appropriate sign for the post today, as I seemed to spend quite a lot of the day eating. After breakfast, I cycled round to the cornerContinue reading “More cake”

Having my cake and eating it

Today’s guest picture completes a trilogy of recent East Wemyss scenes; day, dawn and dusk. This is dusk today, as seen by our son Tony. It was my birthday today, and the weather gods obliged by presenting Langholm with a beautifully sunny morning to greet me when I got up. Just to make sure thatContinue reading “Having my cake and eating it”

A sunny day

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony and shows a typical morning in East Wemyss. We woke to a crisp morning here, with the temperature just above freezing, but with some very welcome sunshine to make it a day to be cheerful. We walked to church to sing in the choir. At the churchContinue reading “A sunny day”