Dropscone drops in

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Gavin.  It shows him in front of an enormous hedge in the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh yesterday.  By coincidence, Mrs Tootlepedal and Matilda were there too yesterday but they didn’t meet Gavin. Perhaps they were on the other side of the hedge. I had a wonderful planContinue reading “Dropscone drops in”

A lot to see

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s recent trip to Spain.  Santillana Del Mar is a Spanish village 20 kilometres from the Bay of Biscay, which has scarcely changed from Medieval times. After the thunderstorm overnight, today was sunny and much brighter as the haze had been swept away by the rain.  It wouldContinue reading “A lot to see”

Mopping and mowing

Today’s guest picture shows a view of the Thames taken from Richmond Hill by my sister Mary.  It is hard to imagine that she was surrounded by the great London metropolis when she took it. Although I had enjoyed my cycling yesterday, I was back in trouble with my hip today and spent a veryContinue reading “Mopping and mowing”

I can get that satisfaction

Today’s picture, sent by my brother, shows my siblings having a riotous time at Somerset House. From left to right, Susan, Andrew, Mary and Caroline. Today started well when I woke up early, got up early and got out on the bike fairly early.  I followed a route which took me round the first half ofContinue reading “I can get that satisfaction”

A varied day

Today’s picture, sent by my sister Mary, shows a very curious animal in Regent’s Park. I had to get up early today. It wasn’t to go cycling though.  I had to take the keyboard back to Canonbie school so that it was ready for their Monday music lessons.  My daughter came with me for company. Continue reading “A varied day”


Today’s picture shows Mick, a very nice man who came and fitted a dish to our chimney  and two Freesat boxes to our and the B&B TVs just in time for us to watch the Tour de France on ITV4.  We couldn’t get ITV4 through our old aerial so this was a novelty and weContinue reading “Finality”

It was too good to last

Today’s picture comes from my sister.  It shows her with a party in a boat on Loch Oich (I think) in the Scottish Highlands where she was on holiday going down the Caledonian Canal in the barge that you can see in the background. After yesterday’s fine start to summer, today reverted to more normalContinue reading “It was too good to last”

Puffing and blowing

Today’s picture portrays New Zealand’s finest showing a healthy appetite. Our spell of sunny and almost windless days came to an end and we had a grey, breezy day.  There is too much pollen about for my comfort and I cried off from the morning pedal and did some useful work in preparation for theContinue reading “Puffing and blowing”

Fingers crossed

Today’s picture shows a wonderful contraption spotted by Bruce in Arran. I would like to thank everyone who took the trouble to comment on my wordless blog yesterday.  I can tell you that the original text which disappeared into the ether was a work of such sustained literary quality, brilliant insights and and wisdom justContinue reading “Fingers crossed”

Up, up and awhey

Today’s picture, sent to me by my sister Susan, shows a model of a Nicholas Hawksmoor church which has been created by one of these fancy new 3D printers.  I want one. I have rarely tried a ‘health’ product, being of the view that a well regulated diet (porridge and mince and potatoes) and aContinue reading “Up, up and awhey”