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”

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”

A touch of late colour

Today’s guest picture come from our sonTony in East Wemyss. Not only do they have apparently perpetual sunshine there, but they also have free apples for passers by. It is a demi-paradise. We had another cool and cloudy morning here and, typically, we had just got settled down to coffee in the garden when theContinue reading “A touch of late colour”

A windmill on my mind

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He found the road along the river just past Skippers Bridge thoroughly blocked this morning. We had had another inch of rain overnight so perhaps this collapse was not entirely unexpected. Fallen trees and landslips seem to have become quite common round here. Gavin says that theContinue reading “A windmill on my mind”

Dripping wet

Today’s guest picture, an antidote to our miserable day here, is a view towards Keswick from Manesty taken by Lake District enthusiast Paul, a couple of years ago. It was a welcome sight on a grey day. The number of aeroplane trails in the sky is a marked contrast to present circumstances. We had aContinue reading “Dripping wet”

A new walk

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He asks whether we think the picture was taken in sunny East Wemyss or on a Greek Island. We know the answer. Our run of cool weather continued here today, and once again infrequent and short rain showers made it hard to plan when to hang theContinue reading “A new walk”

Just not fair

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He spotted a ladybird on his (double glazed) window. As far as cycling goes, today was a washout. It was windy and threatening rain in the morning, and windy and actually raining for pretty well the whole of the rest of the day. We cancelled the gardenContinue reading “Just not fair”

Quick change

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who came across these interesting flats built inside old gas holder frames while she was on a walk beside a canal. We had a pretty miserable sort of day here for the middle of July. It stayed cool, just creeping over 60°F/15°C at its peak. The sunContinue reading “Quick change”

Mysterious things

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbours Libbie and Irving. It shows their view of the rambler rose on the fence between us. Irving says he modestly takes the credit when visitors compliment him on his lovely rose. There was rain during the night and the soil in the garden seemed very wet when weContinue reading “Mysterious things”

Keeping in trim

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. It was her daughter Evie’s first birthday today and our sorrow at not being able to be there was compounded by the sight of Annie’s home made cakes that we missed. We were really sad not to be at Evie’s birthday party and only hope that itContinue reading “Keeping in trim”

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