Blue Sunday

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She likes to take advantage of the National Gardens Scheme and found this inviting door while visiting Whatcombe, a ¾-acre mature Edwardian garden with colour-themed, informally planted herbaceous borders, in Winscombe in her home county. We had another chilly morning, and when the sun wasn’t outContinue reading “Blue Sunday”

A lot better than expected

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s recent garden visits in Somerset. This lovely pattern was captured at The Newt, which is a country estate and not an amphibian in this case. The forecast had been a bit apocalyptic with talk of blizzards and gales and Arctic blasts, but I am beginning to suspect thatContinue reading “A lot better than expected”

Christoph creeps in

Today’s guest picture is a very fine portrait of a hawk. It came from Simon, my camera club friend from Canonbie. He tells me that the hawk stayed in his garden for an hour. We have been threatened with bad weather from Storm Christoph over the next couple of days but we are right onContinue reading “Christoph creeps in”

Icing on the cake

Today’s guest picture comes from Annie and Joe who had taken our granddaughter Evie down to the river Thames to enjoy the golden evening light. The temperature fell very low (-10C, 14F) last night here, and when I looked at our thermometer just before midday, it was still pretty chilly outside our kitchen window. OnceContinue reading “Icing on the cake”

Well shod

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. On one of her recent walks, she passed this fine example of a Victorian gothic building at Holly Village in Highgate. After another sub zero night here, we had a fine dry day which struggled to get above zero, though it did manage to climb to 2°CContinue reading “Well shod”

A good companion

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who found a sunny day for a walk by the canal at St Pancras today. Every inch has been built on round there now. After another night of rain (two inches in the rain gauge since Saturday), we woke to another grey morning. The run of gloomyContinue reading “A good companion”

Chalk and cheese

Today’s guest picture comes from my youngest sister Caroline. She lives on the south coast of England and found a lovely day recently to look across the sea to the Isle of Wight. (As far as today’s title goes, I don’t know why chalk and cheese are considered to be so different that they appearContinue reading “Chalk and cheese”

Shepherd’s warning

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visits to local attractions in Somerset. This time she visited Ninesprings, at Yeovil Country Park and found another tempting entrance. There is an old saying, “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight, red sky in the morning shepherd’s warning.” It has some validity based on the prevailing south westContinue reading “Shepherd’s warning”

Low ceilings

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in East Wemyss. It shows one of his dogs enjoying the East Wemyss weather as much as he does. We presumably had some weather here today, but it was so dark that we couldn’t actually see it. As it was accompanied by very gusty winds, we didn’tContinue reading “Low ceilings”

Work and a walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She found another impressive gate on a visit to Montacute House, which she describes as one of the most exquisite Renaissance buildings in the land. The forecast for the day had not been good but by the time that we had finished breakfast, it looked asContinue reading “Work and a walk”