Driven to despair

Today’s guest picture is a composite of chillis grown and photographed by our sons Anthony and Alistair, with one grown by Mrs Tootlepedal and photographed by me. The title of this post was meant to be a lightly amusing reference to the fact that I played golf with Dropscone today for the first time inContinue reading “Driven to despair”

A short break

Today’s guest picture in another Lake District bridge from Paul. This one is Goody Bridge near Grasmere (he thinks). We were promised another wet day here and we got one. It rained persistently all morning and our chief activity was looking out of the window and saying, “It’s raining. “ It was very windy tooContinue reading “A short break”

Summertime and the living is soggy

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony and shows the start of yet another sunny day in East Wemyss. How we could do with some of his weather. If you like colourful garden pictures with shots of delightful countryside and cheerful birds then this is not the post for you. It rained all day,Continue reading “Summertime and the living is soggy”

A late stroll in the sunshine

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She ventured over the border into Wiltshire to find this fine gate at Courts Garden in Holt. After a brief effort over the last few days, the weather gods stopped even pretending it was summer here today and dropped back into very cool temperatures and occasionalContinue reading “A late stroll in the sunshine”

Occasional rain

Today’s guest picture comes from Gunta, a blog reader who lives on the west coast of America. She has combined two of my favourite things, a flying bird and a fuchsia, in one fantastic picture. We had a perfectly nice, almost summer day here today with the temperature at a very acceptable 15 to 17°CContinue reading “Occasional rain”

Bullseye

Today’s guest picture comes from South African exile Tom. He wasn’t able to visit Langholm for the Common Riding this year so went for a walk at home yesterday instead. Like the early risers in Langholm, he enjoyed a fine sunrise. After yesterday’s untypical heat, we were back to more normal summer temperatures today withContinue reading “Bullseye”

A most uncommon riding

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He was up on Whita Hill at the crack of dawn to see the 2020 Common Riding. The semi jubilee cornet (he was cornet 25 years ago) with the right and left hand men took the town’s standard round the monument in a symbolic gesture and theContinue reading “A most uncommon riding”

Not the usual musical evening

Today’s guest picture is another of Paul’s Lake District studies. It shows a relatively new bridge over the River Derwent. The forecast said it would be raining here when we woke up, and the forecast was quite right. After two days without rain, it was a bit sad to be back in what has beenContinue reading “Not the usual musical evening”

Another fine day

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew in Derby. He spotted a local heron having a day on the tiles. We could hardly believe our luck here when we had a second dry day in succession. We made good use of it. Mrs Tootlepedal drove up to the Langholm Moor, where she and otherContinue reading “Another fine day”

Blown off course again

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie and shows a fig from her garden. We had a day without rain today and very welcome it was too. Sandy came down to join us for coffee, and thanks to the very strong wind, we had a morning coffee meeting inside, the first time since theContinue reading “Blown off course again”

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