Cold and clear

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. She took it to show that the sun shines on our children wherever they are, though it did take the sun quite a long time to get to London today. The promised change in the weather duly arrived, and we woke to a cloudless sky and aContinue reading “Cold and clear”

Driven up a hill

Today’s guest picture is another which Mary Jo took while being driven through the Rockies. These mountains make our little hills look quite insignificant. After yesterday’s brief sunny interlude, we reverted to autumnal gloom today, and there was no motivation to put a nose outside the back door all morning. We did open the backContinue reading “Driven up a hill”

In the doghouse

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She found a fine robin’s pin cushion on a wild rose when she was out walking today. It is a gall caused by the larvae of a tiny gall wasp, Dipoloepis rosae. We had another grey cool day today, but it was pleasant enough for a walkContinue reading “In the doghouse”

A day well spent

After I failed to take a picture of a crow on a cow yesterday, today’s guest picture fills the gap. It was very kindly sent to me from South Africa by Anne of ‘Something Over Tea’. It shows a pied crow on the back of a gemsbok, taken recently by Anne in the Mountain ZebraContinue reading “A day well spent”

Getting ready

Today’s guest pictures come from our sons Alistair and Tony. Alistair got close to a caterpillar and Tony kept well away from a swarm of bees near a house where he was working. Our weather seems to be coming in blocks just now, and after our recent spell of sunny weather, we continued in ourContinue reading “Getting ready”

Short and sweet

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a big football supporter in Nottingham. We had another fine summer day here today. On these hot days, Mrs Tootlepedal’s plan is to be busy in the garden in the morning, and relax in the afternoon. I take the opposite view, and take the morningContinue reading “Short and sweet”

A day of surprises

Today’s guest picture shows a recent sunrise in East Wemyss. It comes from our son Tony who gets up very early in the morning to walk his dogs. We had no sun here in the morning, but it was warm and I enjoyed a walk round the garden before coffee after having listened to aContinue reading “A day of surprises”

Nothing doing

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. I think this must have been a stopping point on her journey north. The offer of tea and cakes seems attractive. We had a better day here, slightly warmer and slightly less windy. As the sun often came out, it was much more pleasant in the garden too. ThisContinue reading “Nothing doing”

Free of charge

Today’s guest picture comes from my Canonbie friend Simon. He is back at work at outdoor sporting venues. He came across this fine crop of fungus on a Scottish golf course. We had another generally fine day today, although it inconsiderately started to rain just at the right time to spoil the chances of morningContinue reading “Free of charge”

A windmill on my mind

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He found the road along the river just past Skippers Bridge thoroughly blocked this morning. We had had another inch of rain overnight so perhaps this collapse was not entirely unexpected. Fallen trees and landslips seem to have become quite common round here. Gavin says that theContinue reading “A windmill on my mind”