Consecutive coffees

Today’s guest picture comes from South Africa where Langholm exile Tom photographed a welcome sign of spring, a nice bunch of clivias. We have many signs of autumn here but after yesterday’s chilly morning, we were back to more gentle temperatures today. It has generally been so mild overnight that the turning of the yearContinue reading “Consecutive coffees”

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”

A short song cycle

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent, Paul. He thinks that this pretty pot rose of his has a very fitting name, “Alpine Sunset”. We did have a good sunset here today, but we had a very grey dawn and it rained while we were in church, so once again we got damp bottomsContinue reading “A short song cycle”

A day that slipped away

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She was able to enjoy the sunshine on the south coast of England today as she walked through some splendid municipal planting. By contrast, we had a dull grey day here, but as it was calm and reasonably warm (about 18°C at lunchtime), we were not complaining.Continue reading “A day that slipped away”

A pedal and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. When I looked in my files, I saw that I hadn’t used this fine picture of deer that he sent me a week or so ago. We had a quiet start to the day but I had managed to get out on my shopping bike as farContinue reading “A pedal and a tootle”

Crossing the Lyne

Today’s guest picture comes from sunny East Wemyss. Our son Tony thought that it was a particularly calm if rather hazy day on the Forth of Forth. We had a calm and sunny day here too today, after some seasonally appropriate early morning autumnal mist. Under the circumstances, a bike ride seemed to be aContinue reading “Crossing the Lyne”

Organ failure (and success)

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who found himself walking along the bank of the River Derwent yesterday. We had another dry but grey morning here today. It was rather gloomy at first . . . . . . but it was pleasant enough after breakfast as we cycled to church to singContinue reading “Organ failure (and success)”

Welcome home

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to Porthleven in Cornwall. It was a day which started with low cloud and rain . . . . . . and ended with sunshine and the return of Mrs Tootlepedal. In between, Dropscone came round for coffee bearing first rate scones (and leaving with runner beans),Continue reading “Welcome home”

Waiting

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who is still in Cornwall. She wondered if tourists were entirely welcome at Porthleven harbour. We had a curious day here in Langholm today. After a teaspoonful of overnight rain., it was grey, humid, still and warm. The whole day had the feel of the calmContinue reading “Waiting”

A hot ride

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a picturesque lake to sit beside while having his lunch today. In spite of the continued absence of Mrs Tootlepedal in the south, the sun shone in Langholm today. Our local weather station recorded just under 30°C for a brief period in the afternoon butContinue reading “A hot ride”