When the chips are down

As well as seeing beautiful river scenes, Bruce has also met St Aidan of Lindisfarne on his Northumberland break, and his statue is the guest picture of the day. There was an infernal racket in the garden this morning and anyone who extols the calming and peaceful nature of bird song has obviously not heardContinue reading “When the chips are down”

Chipping in

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce who is on a break in Northumberland, where he took this picture of a bridge over the River Breamish. It was a grey and faintly drizzly day here today so it was good to have a spot of indoor brightness supplied by the  charming flowers that SueContinue reading “Chipping in”

The old routine

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  He lives in Derby and the local football team has a very important match tomorrow so this large football has been placed so that supporters can write encouraging comments on it.  I asked Andrew if he had written anything but he said that hadn’t because he wasContinue reading “The old routine”

Hello, hello, hello

Today’s guest picture is a look back at Venetia’s African trip.  There are so few bees in our garden that I wondered whether a relative of this handsome carmine bee eater might be responsible for the dearth….but it is probably just the cool weather. A cold and sometimes drizzly day made it easy for meContinue reading “Hello, hello, hello”

A signal failure

Today’s guest picture is a second one from my brother Andrew’s recent walk in the Peak District.  He enjoyed this fine view of Wetton Hill from a nearby peak. My feet were giving me some grief this morning so I had a very quiet time, rising late and doing no more than a little lightContinue reading “A signal failure”

Icicling and bicycling

Today’s guest picture is a weather vane from the Somerset Rural Life Museum sent to me by Venetia, my Somerset correspondent.  The weather vane is a memorial to a long serving volunteer at the museum, a nice idea. The weather here was warm and sunny but not quite as warm and sunny as yesterday asContinue reading “Icicling and bicycling”

Trying my best

Today’s guest picture come from Venetia’s trip to Toulouse a couple of weeks ago.  She came across this very cheerful lady with a rather macabre exhibit in a local flea market there. Our spell of remarkably fine weather continued with temperatures so far above the seasonal average that we were quite pleased to find themContinue reading “Trying my best”

Sibling arrivalry

Today’s guest picture shows an ingenious planter which my brother Andrew encountered on the platform of Penrith Station….. …where he also met my sisters Mary and Susan.  More about that later. We had another generally fine day with just the merest touch of rain in the early evening but the sun was not so hardContinue reading “Sibling arrivalry”

Checking out the new bike

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s trip to France.  She met this emerging monster in the Japanese garden of Toulouse. Our spell of good weather continues.  We find it a bit unnerving but it is very welcome. I couldn’t make the best of a fine morning though as I was in duty on theContinue reading “Checking out the new bike”

Well worth the wait

Today’s guest picture comes from another inveterate traveller.  My Somerset correspondent Venetia has been eyeing up some tasty chocolates in Toulouse. It was a day that would have been familiar to fans of Waiting for Godot….except that in this version, Godot finally turned up. While I was waiting for the call from the bike shopContinue reading “Well worth the wait”