Rain stopped play

Today’s guest picture, featuring a very fine 20cm diameter parasol mushroom growing in his garden, was sent to me all the way from Germany by Zyriacus. He also told me that the weather there has been very capricious, going from 40° one day to 10° two days later.  With that in mind, I will tryContinue reading “Rain stopped play”

A goodbye, a welcome back and a concert

Today’s guest picture shows Argentat on the Dordogne which was visited by Venetia during her recent French holiday. After a good breakfast, we said goodbye to Granny as she went off to the deep south with Mike and Frankie.  She had been the perfect guest and we were sad to see her go. Shortly afterContinue reading “A goodbye, a welcome back and a concert”

Flinging myself about

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia, my Somerset correspondent, who has been away in France.  The picture shows a charming boutique in Collanges-la-Rouge. A cloudy and windy morning gave rise to quite a long internal debate over the pleasures of cycling.  In the end though,my sense of derring-do just won out over my tendency toContinue reading “Flinging myself about”

That warm feeling

Today’s guest picture is another from Liz’s visit to the Chelsea Flower show.  It shows the much admired Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth garden.  It is difficult to know what to think about it without actually being in it. It was Dropscone’s 74th birthday today and he celebrated by going round his favourite 20 mile morning cycle rideContinue reading “That warm feeling”

Done and dusted

Today’s guest picture shows a colourful corner of my daughter’s garden on Monday.  As she is in Cannes at the moment, it is having to get on without her. I personally had a very quiet day in contrast to the loud and windy weather outside.  After a night of rain, it was at least dry,Continue reading “Done and dusted”

Fully furnished

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my recorder playing friend Susan who saw this fine skyscape on a recent cycle outing. We had a sharp frost during the night but the ground was remarkably ice free in the morning and while there was still frozen water in a bucket outside the back doorContinue reading “Fully furnished”

A bit of music at last

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my Newcastle correspondent who was visiting friends when a goldcrest crashed into a window.  It recovered and flew off but not before posing for a picture. There was not a snow flake to be seen today but I waited for the temperature to drag itself up fromContinue reading “A bit of music at last”

The best laid plans..

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent Mary Jo.  She recently paid a visit to Vancouver where she enjoyed this view of the Burrard Inlet A dominant high pressure system gave us another day of chilly easterly winds and grey clouds here.  It is not feeling very springlike at all at the moment althoughContinue reading “The best laid plans..”

Snapping my fingers at the clouds

Today’s picture comes from sunny Morocco where my friend Sue was recently on holiday.  It shows her on a camel.  She is the one looking cool on the right. Once again, it is lucky that the guest picture comes from sunny climes as we had another very overcast and gloomy day here. It wasn’t aContinue reading “Snapping my fingers at the clouds”

A long and windy road

Today’s guest picture is another taken by my brother on his recent visit to Buttermere. It is always good to have the energy to climb up high enough to get a good view of a lake. The stormy weather continued here today with some hefty rain showers in the morning.  One of these was perfectlyContinue reading “A long and windy road”