A questionable sort of day

Today’s guest picture shows the elegant ceiling of Bath Abbey.  Venetia took the picture when she was there with my sister Mary recently. I always think that these places must take a lot of dusting to keep them clean. It was a day of questions. Would I do anything useful after breakfast?  Yes, a littleContinue reading “A questionable sort of day”

Carpe Diem (almost)

Today’s guest picture is a pair of damselflies in Venetia’s Somerset garden.  I never see dragon or damselflies in our garden.  It is most frustrating. Matilda has been a little poorly of late so Mrs Tootlepedal went up to Edinburgh today by an early train to lend a moral support (and a helping hand). ThisContinue reading “Carpe Diem (almost)”

Not much happening

Today’s guest pictures were sent to me by my friend Liz.  She had been to see one of her daughters enjoying, if that is the word, a Tough Mudder at Drumlanrig.  At the end competitors were asked to donate their trainers though the reason for this remained obscure.  I have combined her pictures into one.Continue reading “Not much happening”

A big surprise

Today’s guest picture is another from my daughter Annie and shows two of her friends deep in conversation in her Brixton garden. This weekend the Muckletoon* Adventure Festival is in full swing with a cycle hill climb yesterday, mountain bike rides, guided walks and trail running today and 30, 60 and 90 mile cycle sportivesContinue reading “A big surprise”

By car and foot

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia and shows a striking scarlet tiger moth which visited her garden recently. Just lately it has been obligingly raining lightly during the night and stopping during the day.  This was the pattern again today and we had another grey but dry day until a little sunshineContinue reading “By car and foot”

A bit of everything

Today’s guest picture, shot by my Newcastle correspondent’s husband Mario, shows a small fortune in guano being sat on by guillemots on the Farne Islands. It was a very middling sort of day today after a chilly night.  It was neither too hot nor too cold, there was neither sun nor rain, it didn’t temptContinue reading “A bit of everything”

Another floral feast

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia, who saw something a bit bigger than a chaffinch out of her kitchen window. The weather people seem to take a sort of morbid pleasure in making our flesh creep with forecasts of doom and gloom.  Once again they were overly pessimistic and, having prepared ourselvesContinue reading “Another floral feast”

Driven to drink

In answer to my plea for some guest pictures, my friend Liz, whose official status is Dropscone’s sister, sent me this picture which she took of a modern grotesque, carved during some restoration work at Lincoln cathedral.  She notes that it was made during the great banking crisis. It was another glorious day, although aContinue reading “Driven to drink”

At last a little calm

Today’s guest picture from my Newcastle correspondent is another from the recent Latino celebration there.  They don’t dress like this every day in Newcastle. The temperature hadn’t managed to creep up very much today but the wind had dropped a lot so after hanging around for quite some time…. ….in the hope that things mightContinue reading “At last a little calm”

Getting about a bit

Today’s guest picture is the last of a series from my sister Mary’s visit to the Lake District last month.  It was taken looking down at Grasmere. The wind had subsided quite a bit after yesterday’s vigorous blow and it was pleasantly sunny when we got up.  As a result, I got dressed up forContinue reading “Getting about a bit”