On the trail of the lonesome pine (again)

Today’s guest picture is another of my sister Mary’s delightful studies of Regents Park in London. She goes there to play tennis and always looks about on her way. We woke to rather grey and windy weather with a forecast of some rain to come in the middle of the day. We were in noContinue reading “On the trail of the lonesome pine (again)”

A restful day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She was given these roses by a neighbour who had cut them off because they were overhanging Caroline’s garden path. We had another fine and warm day here, but the wind blew so briskly all day that it discouraged me from walking or cycling. Perhaps the pollenContinue reading “A restful day”

The hills are alive . . .

Today’s guest picture comes from Paul, my Lancashire correspondent, who is currently in the Lake District. He visited Levens Hall, famous for its topiary. We had a fine, warm but pretty windy day here. Mrs Tootlepedal spent a lot of it in the garden, but she found time after coffee with Margaret to cycle aContinue reading “The hills are alive . . .”

Not quite a Zephyr

Today’s colourful guest picture is another one from my sister Caroline’s holiday in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. We got a reminder of how gentle the breezes have been lately when we woke to a grey and very blustery day today. I read on the internet that Zephyrus, the god of the west wind,Continue reading “Not quite a Zephyr”

Help for old knees

Today’s guest picture shows the West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills in Derby. My brother Andrew passed it on his walk today, and a good deal of noise indicated that it was being used as a wedding venue. We had a generally dry day, with only one short shower to disturb the gardeners. Both SandyContinue reading “Help for old knees”

Benched

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. On another hot day, I thought we needed refreshment, so a few rain drops from East Wemyss are very welcome. In spite of our recent good spell of weather, the garden has not been full of bees and butterflies, so I was very pleased when Mrs TootlepedalContinue reading “Benched”

Dr Velo works his magic

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She visited Kenwood House a day or two ago and enjoyed the superb rhododendrons there. Our sudden summer continued today with another warm and sunny morning, followed by a warmer afternoon and a beautiful evening. Mrs Tootlepedal has had to keep on her toes to stop herContinue reading “Dr Velo works his magic”

Treacle and the end of a long wait

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. On one of his walks, he noticed that his dog had got a personal cloud. There is only time for a brief post tonight as it has been a full day. Preparations for the visit of Matilda and her parents were in full swing and my firstContinue reading “Treacle and the end of a long wait”

Plan B (and C, D and E)

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone. He only has to go out of his front door to see this gorgeous autumn colour in his own garden. We had another fairly calm but definitely grey day today, with occasional rain and fairly reasonable temperatures for the time of year. We had a busy social morning andContinue reading “Plan B (and C, D and E)”

Dashing blades

Today’s guest picture is a second from Bruce’s walk yesterday. As well as donkeys, he saw the disused railway viaduct that links Scotland and England. The north wind persisted and we had another day of cool, dry weather, Mrs Tootlepedal was not discouraged and was out shifting concrete slabs soon after breakfast. She has movedContinue reading “Dashing blades”