A well timed call

Today’s guest picture comes from our younger son, Alistair. The builders provided a cherry tree in his little garden when he bought his house. It is doing well. We woke to another grey and often rainy day, which was only brightened by the arrival of our neighbour Margaret for coffee. She was in a cheerfulContinue reading “A well timed call”

Taking it gently

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She liked this gate at The Newt when she walked through the gardens there recently. After the modest collapse of the rider and the complete failure of the electric bicycle yesterday, I took things very easily today. In fact, I was still in my dressing gownContinue reading “Taking it gently”

A surprise

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Ada’s recent trip to Tenerife. She met a hoopoe while she was there. We didn’t have a hoopoe here today, but we did have plenty of familiar birds on another chilly, grey morning. There was enough of a queue after breakfast to persuade a greenfinch to kick anContinue reading “A surprise”

Pushing my luck

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was in London helping to sort out my late sister Susan’s affairs and took a moment off to go up the river by boat. I was up early this morning on another gloomy day as I had to take our car to Carlisle to get newContinue reading “Pushing my luck”

Pedalling and shopping

Today’s guest picture shows a sunny early morning in East Wemyss. Our son Tony was out with his dogs this morning. After yesterday’s sunshine and snow, both were in short supply today as we went back to grey here. It was dry though and there was no ice about, so we were able to cycleContinue reading “Pedalling and shopping”

Fleeting moments

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone. He had occasion to visit Talkin Tarn near Brampton last week while on an outing with his oldest son who was visiting him. They didn’t walk round the tarn though. It was still snowing when we went to bed last night, so there was a moment of anticipation whenContinue reading “Fleeting moments”

Going round in circles

Today’s guest picture is another from my friend Mark’s Cairngorm adventure. His dog Henry is no mean mountaineer himself. We had another cold night with the temperature bottoming out at -6°C. It was creeping up to zero when we got up and reached a heady +4° during the morning. I would have happily spent timeContinue reading “Going round in circles”

Getting up

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Mark. He has been on a walking holiday in the Cairngorms where he saw this beautiful mistbow. The much heralded cold weather arrived this morning, and our garden thermometer reported -4°C when we got up for breakfast. However, as the winds were light, the skies were blue, andContinue reading “Getting up”

First steps

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Mike Tinker, who is on his way back from New Zealand. He sent me this charming picture of Pollard Park in Blenheim before he left. We woke to sunshine and 5°C. This was almost as good as the day got, and as I start this post in theContinue reading “First steps”

More stop than go

Today’s guest picture is another from Dropscone’s visit to Malta. He was thinking of climbing up this old lighthouse at the harbour, but fortunately the gate was locked. After our little burst of sunshine yesterday, we were back to cloudy and cold again today. The crocuses kept their petals shut and after a fairly activeContinue reading “More stop than go”