A productive visit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He enjoyed some perfect weather on a group walk beside the River Dove today. We enjoyed a sunny day here too. This was a good thing, as it was the day of the Langholm Agricultural Show on the Castleholm, an event all too often plagued by equinoctialContinue reading “A productive visit”

A timely reminder

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She is currently on holiday near Fort William in the Highlands, and found this very pretty bridge near the village where Mrs Tootlepedal and I lived when we first got married. I emptied an inch of rain out of our rain gauge this morning, but fortunatelyContinue reading “A timely reminder”

A fond farewell

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce. He visited the standing stones at Callanish on the Isle of Lewis, and wants us to know that the sun wasn’t shining everywhere in Britain yesterday. The sun certainly was shining here again today, and once again, we felt it sensible to take in the outdoors inContinue reading “A fond farewell”

Going green

Today’s guest picture comes from Sandy. He tried growing a wild flower bed beside his house this year, and he is very pleased with the result. We had another very hot day here, and the flowers are tending to get a bit tired . . . . . . as are the blackbirds. Once againContinue reading “Going green”

A riverside outing

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who was swanning around today. It seems to be getting a little hotter every day at the moment, and for a brief moment this afternoon, we touched 85°F (which is just under 30°C) according to our local weather station. This led to some rationing of how muchContinue reading “A riverside outing”

Growing

Today’s guest picture is another fine dawn dog shot from sunny East Wemyss. Our son Tony gets up very early every working day. If I had got up early, I would have found a misty morning here, but the mist had cleared and it was another sunny day by the time that I emerged. MrsContinue reading “Growing”

Shooting the breeze

Today’s guest picture is another from Irving Bell. He tells me that he often sees this fox, but never when he has a zoom lens to hand. We had another lovely sunny day today, and though it seems to be rude to complain about it, it got almost too hot in the sun as theContinue reading “Shooting the breeze”

Playing and walking

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Irving Bell. He got this fine view of Talla reservoir while on a motor tour. He advises me that I if I want to get the view too while pedalling, an electric bike would be a good idea as it involves a steep hill. We had aContinue reading “Playing and walking”

Our visitors arrive

Today’s guest picture is a composite of flower pictures taken in our garden by our granddaughter Matilda. She has brought her parents to stay with us for a few days. She took a lot of pictures and these were her favourites. She has a steady hand and a good eye. We had a cool greyContinue reading “Our visitors arrive”

Phew

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She popped down to the canal for a walk this morning and got home before the temperature in London hit 33°C (91°F) later in the day. I did some watering in Annie’s garden this morning and took a picture of a rose. It was hot in theContinue reading “Phew”