A parting of the ways

Today’s guest picture is another of Venetia’s interesting Somerset trees. To be fair to the weather today, it was slightly warmer than it has been, but as it was windier too and there was often a bit of rain about, it was far from being a pleasant day. We had to tend to the cheeseContinue reading “A parting of the ways”

I didn’t give a fig

Today’s guest picture is a Waboom or Waggon Tree, so called as its wood was used to make waggon wheels because it is very tough It was sent to me by Tom from South Africa and brought a welcome splash of colour on a very dreary day. It is the only tree protea, Tom tellsContinue reading “I didn’t give a fig”

Lining up a new route

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She found a very elaborate tree on one of her local walks. After a night of rain, we woke to a morning of rain. To show how one day runs almost invisibly into another during lockdown, when I was considering yesterday’s post I completely forgot thatContinue reading “Lining up a new route”

Missing a shot

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. It shows the sea near East Wemyss in uncharacteristically turbulent mood. It is well known that into every life a little rain must fall, but in our case it was a little snow today. Once again it was half hearted snow, settling on the hills above theContinue reading “Missing a shot”

Needled

Today’s guest picture is another from Tom in South Africa. He gets some bigger hills than I do when he comes to choose a cycle route. We woke to a fine sunrise here… …but in spite of the familiar saying, red sky this morning was not a warning for shepherds or anyone else. We enjoyedContinue reading “Needled”

Biscuits but no cheese

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He has sent me this cheerful study of plumbago and blue sky. We woke to find that the merest speckle of snow had settled on Langholm overnight. It might have been that sort of snow that was too thin to be picturesque but thickContinue reading “Biscuits but no cheese”

A crowded day

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who found that his local river, the Derwent, had got a bit too enthusiastic yesterday. The first picture in the post today looks a little out of place, but honestly, it was nearly today when I took it when I went to bed last night. I lookedContinue reading “A crowded day”

Home and awhey

Today’s guest picture comes from my occasional correspondent Elaine. She found the pond at the Lockerbie nature reserve well frozen the other day. As the pond was a curling rink in a previous existence, there must be ex-curlers looking at it with regret. We had another grey and chilly day here today, but it didn’tContinue reading “Home and awhey”

A whey we went

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He found a heron standing on the ice when he visited his local park this morning. For once we didn’t have an icy start to the day here, with the temperature staying between 2 and 4 degrees C all day. There was ice about though.Continue reading “A whey we went”

A day of unrest

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in sunny East Wemyss. Three days ago, his sun had unusual sparkle. We needed a guest picture with sparkle because after a gloomy day yesterday, we had another fairly gloomy day today. It was dry and warmer than it has been lately, and it stayed above freezingContinue reading “A day of unrest”