A more gentle stroll

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline in Southsea. She came across a very fine floral hedge on her outing today. We enjoyed another blue sky day here, but once again it was chilly. It was below freezing when we got up, and though it did rise to a heady five degrees around noon,Continue reading “A more gentle stroll”

A stroll with Mrs Tootlepedal

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent, Mary Jo. At first sight it might look like a row of gallows along the roadside, but she tells me that they are used to take electrical connections over the sidewalks. The electricity is used to heat up oil or cylinder blocks before trying to start carsContinue reading “A stroll with Mrs Tootlepedal”

Far too many fallen trees

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He woke to find a sprinkling of snow on his balcony. This was a coincidence because we woke to snow here too . . . . . . and we had to walk very carefully to church to sing in the church choir. Although itContinue reading “Far too many fallen trees”

Getting the point

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo from Manitoba. She had ventured into Alberta when she took this picture of a bridge made especially for wild animals to cross a major road in the Banff National Park. She says that this is a very good idea, as running into a passing moose is not aContinue reading “Getting the point”

More sound advice

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He had a lot better weather than we had yesterday when he went for his walk. We had another grey morning here today, with the occasional hint of drizzle, and we were very quiet for a while after breakfast, until we got out into the garden forContinue reading “More sound advice”

Drying out again

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lake Michigan correspondent Laura. The haze from the fires in the west of the USA is providing interesting shades at sunset over the lake. We had another cool day here, but as it was dry all day, we did not complain. Occasionally the sun shone, and Matilda and IContinue reading “Drying out again”

A grey green day

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who found himself looking up at the first Forth road bridge. It looks rather insubstantial from below. We had a grey day here, with occasional drizzle, no sun and some strong winds. Our friend Venetia paid us a flying visit for a walk round the garden beforeContinue reading “A grey green day”

Less rain, more wind

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was pleased to find that recent rain had refreshed the Markeaton Brook in Derby. He tells me that although it looks very bucolic, it is actually running through the heart of the city We had a miserably cold start to the day, with a cruel northerlyContinue reading “Less rain, more wind”

Up the wall again

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. She took this impressionistic study of moss in snow and sunshine in her garden. We woke to another fine but chilly day here, very fine but very chilly. In spite of the sunshine, it didn’t get above freezing until ten o’clock and the average for the dayContinue reading “Up the wall again”

Christoph creeps in

Today’s guest picture is a very fine portrait of a hawk. It came from Simon, my camera club friend from Canonbie. He tells me that the hawk stayed in his garden for an hour. We have been threatened with bad weather from Storm Christoph over the next couple of days but we are right onContinue reading “Christoph creeps in”