Nursery slopes

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He and his daughter Matilda have been cooking up Halloween treats. Although there was a little shower of rain in the morning, generally today was a much better day than we expected. We had so many visitors for coffee that they had to work in shifts. SandyContinue reading “Nursery slopes”

Getting the point

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. It was taken in the grounds of Nottingham University and is all the more remarkable as it had been raining cats and dogs only moments earlier The chief business of the morning here on a dry but windy day was to drive to Canonbie to get ourContinue reading “Getting the point”

Song, birds and bees

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a perfect moment this afternoon for a riverside view in Derby. We had another cool, but not cold day here, and apart from some very light drizzle in the afternoon, it stayed dry. We were thus able to cycle to church after breakfast, where asContinue reading “Song, birds and bees”

Watch the birdie

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent Paul who is visiting the lake District again. He spotted a lake. We had another cold night here but, once again, the temperature stayed just high enough to avoid any great damage to the garden and I was able to trim the front hedge in pleasant sunshineContinue reading “Watch the birdie”

Choirs and butterflies

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother Andrew. He was in Scarborough today waiting to meet my two older sisters who were coming up on a delayed train. He had time to take this railway picture of his own. He walked up to the top of the cliff. We had a slightly cooler nightContinue reading “Choirs and butterflies”

Taken for a ride

Today’s guest picture is an interior from Venetia’s visit to the Roman villa at The Newt. They have made a thorough job of the building. I managed to stick to my plan and do some Archive Group work after breakfast. Then the crossword had to wait as we cycled up to the tree nursery onContinue reading “Taken for a ride”

Looking on the bright side

It was such a dreary day today that I have gone back to Wednesday’s sunny walk for a guest picture from my walking guide, Mark. He certainly chose the right day for the outing. It rained on and off all day today, sometimes quite heavily, and sometimes just a sprinkle. During the afternoon, I emptiedContinue reading “Looking on the bright side”

Up in the air

Today’s guest picture comes from David, one of my walking companions on a fine hill walk today. It shows Mark and an old gentleman making good use of walking poles. (Today’s header picture was taken by Mark.) The main business of the day was getting up into the hills. My walking friend Mark and hisContinue reading “Up in the air”

Staying close to home today

Today’s guest picture comes from my walking friend Mark. His dog Henry took him to the top of Skiddaw in the Lake District earlier this week. I was pleased to find that I was in more or less full working order when I got up today. This is a tribute to the fine qualities ofContinue reading “Staying close to home today”

Leg test

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He is on holiday in the north of Scotland and came across this interesting object on the beach. We had a perfect summer day here today, genuinely warm but not too hot, and with a gentle cooling breeze. We were expecting a visit for coffee from anContinue reading “Leg test”