Strictly for the birds

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s sunny visit to Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton. Our day here started with some sunshine, and even though a sharp shower intruded, it was only a brief interlude, and I was able to cycle up to the town to pay my account at the newsagent and collect some suppliesContinue reading “Strictly for the birds”

Thin singing

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent, Keiron. He parked his bike on a smart new bridge over the River Neath at Cwmgwrach. We had a dry but grey morning, and as Mrs Tootlepedal is not throwing her persistent cold off, we had a very quiet morning in. Outside though, the birds were goingContinue reading “Thin singing”

Charged up

Today’s guest picture is from my brother Andrew. On one of his walks, he came upon the Gallows Inn on the Erewash Canal, and took the opportunity to hang around there long enough to eat his picnic lunch. We had another frosty morning here, followed by another sunny day. Once again, in spite of theContinue reading “Charged up”

More than a breath of fresh air

Today’s bright guest picture comes from my friend Simon. After sampling the sunshine on England’s northern fells last week, he went off to Europe to see what they could do there this week. We had another grey day here, slightly warmer than yesterday but much windier, especially in the afternoon. Mrs Tootlepedal went off onContinue reading “More than a breath of fresh air”

Puff, whizz³

Today’s guest picture shows once again why our son Tony made such a good decision when he moved to East Wemyss. This was yesterday’s dawn. After rain overnight, it was a pleasant surprise to wake up to a warm and dry morning. It was still very grey though, so I was quite happy to loiterContinue reading “Puff, whizz³”

Many layers

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. She is on a short break and found an unusual bird in the hotel car park. It was quite nippy when we got up, with the thermometer showing 2°C. However, this seems to be the lowest that it got overnight, as there was no sign of frost.Continue reading “Many layers”

Choir, no choir, extra choir

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alastair. He spotted a fine Halloween rainbow in Edinburgh this afternoon. After more overnight rain, we woke to another grey and rainy morning here. We walked to church in the dry, but we had to scuttle back home with our coats buttoned up as it was raining heavilyContinue reading “Choir, no choir, extra choir”

Up, up and away

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. While she was on a shopping trip, she passed this family of swans sitting quite happily a few metres away from a very busy road. After a series of warm but wet days, we finally awoke to a chillier but sunny morning today. It was veryContinue reading “Up, up and away”

Going the extra mile

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline who woke to an unusually coloured dawn over Portsmouth today. Shepherds were quaking in their boots. We woke to a miserably grey morning here, and the day showed admirable consistency in remaining miserably grey all day. I was happy to do some work for the Langholm ArchiveContinue reading “Going the extra mile”

A day of action

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who visited Melbourne Hall in south Derbyshire today. He was rightly very pleased to get both sky and water properly exposed on a very sunny day. We woke to a very sunny morning here too today, which disguised the fact that it was still rather cold (7°C)Continue reading “A day of action”