Uphill work

Today’s guest picture comes from my elder son and shows one of his dogs having a grand postprandial snooze. The forecast was very good and the wind was light so it was a perfect day for a pedal and for once I had the time to take advantage of this.  Dropscone and I have been inveigledContinue reading “Uphill work”

The flowers that bloom in the spring tra la!

Today’s guest picture shows a picturesque bridge in Beddgelert in Snowdonia which my sister Mary photographed on a recent visit to Wales. I probably should have been taking advantage of some sunny weather by going for a cycle ride today but I was a bit tired so I spent a quiet morning lazing about andContinue reading “The flowers that bloom in the spring tra la!”

The bird had flown

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia who was visiting Aldeburgh.  She took this picture of The Scallop, a  4m high sculpture by Maggi Hambling, dedicated to the memory of the composer Benjamin Britten. The piece is made up of two interlocking scallop shells, each broken, the upright shell being pierced with the words: “I hearContinue reading “The bird had flown”

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”

Just ridiculous

We have goldfinches in our tree but my daughter Annie has parakeets in hers. It was rather wet and windy this morning and a fairly measly 5°C when in lieu of thoughts of cycling, Dropscone rang up and offered to bring round a scone or two to go with a cup of coffee, I acceptedContinue reading “Just ridiculous”

Benchmarked

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my friend Bruce who seems to have popped up in Spain.   He had an excursion today to the monastery at Montserrat and found a statue there of interest.  He claims that its eyes followed him about wherever he went.  Look closely at the triptych which he tookContinue reading “Benchmarked”

Seeing the way ahead

Today’s guest picture is a pair of regal pelicans in a royal park in London.  My sister Mary enjoyed their company. After yesterday’s grand tour, I had a gentle morning which was enhanced by a couple of scones and the presence of Dropscone himself at coffee time.  He has been away acting as an officialContinue reading “Seeing the way ahead”

Head in the clouds

Today’s guest picture comes from Fiona, my Newcastle correspondent who is spending Easter in The Netherlands, her husband’s country.  Her children were having fun on a Kabouter (gnome) hunt. Our welcome spell of dry and relatively calm weather continued in spite of this being a holiday weekend and after Mrs Tootlepedal went off to singContinue reading “Head in the clouds”

Back again

Today’s guest picture comes from Ada, one of my former teaching colleagues, and shows the remarkable Kelpies. The Kelpies are 30-metre high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal which reconnects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the River Forth, and improves navigation between the East and WestContinue reading “Back again”

Four out of four

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Bruce’s recent tour of the north of England and shows a very uncharacteristic yellow telephone box.  It is part of Hull Telecoms, the only place in Britain which doesn’t bow the knee to British Telecom. We had another day without the fierce winds of late which was veryContinue reading “Four out of four”