Boxing clever

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He spotted some grasses being tossed this way and that by a brisk breeze while he was on his walk this afternoon. After a very rainy night, we had a rainy day here until well into the afternoon. As a result we had time on our handsContinue reading “Boxing clever”

Hey, ho, the wind and the rain

Today’s guest picture comes from my Oregon correspondent Gunta. The weather eased off enough recently to allow for a little canoeing in the creek below her house. We woke to gusty winds and some heavy rain showers. The wind kept going all day but the rain had the good manners to pack it in inContinue reading “Hey, ho, the wind and the rain”

Another (very small) mountain to climb

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She took a boat trip down the river Thames to Greenwich today and passed the famous Cutty Sark which these days seems to float on a building. Our current cold spell got colder today. The overnight temperature dropped to -5°C (22°°F) at breakfast time and didn’t riseContinue reading “Another (very small) mountain to climb”

Going off with a bang

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary again. After visiting the pond in Regents Park, she found that she and her friends were the only ones brave enough to play tennis on a rather damp and gloomy day. They enjoyed both the peace and quiet and the game itself. We had a mixed dayContinue reading “Going off with a bang”

An improving day

As we had a very wet and grey morning here, I am pleased to have an East Wemyss dawn as the guest picture of the day by way of a contrast. Tony was up early again. It was so wet here in the morning that Dropscone came round in his car for coffee instead ofContinue reading “An improving day”

Very quiet

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He was on holiday in Ayrshire last week when he came across this fine sight. It is Kelburn Castle. He tells me that the grounds are a very family friendly place to visit. I started the day by taking Mrs Tootlepedal to Carlisle to catch the trainContinue reading “Very quiet”

Several signs of spring

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. While the rest of the country reels from the impact of serial storms, East Wemyss sails benignly on, bathed in eternal sunshine. This shot was taken yesterday. When I woke up here this morning, the wind was blowing so vigorously and the rain was hammering down withContinue reading “Several signs of spring”

The open road

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He walked across this fine metal viaduct at Bennerley, built in 1877 by the Great Northern Railway Company. At over quarter of a mile long, it is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the country. It straddles the River Erewash connecting Ilkeston in Derbyshire with Awsworth inContinue reading “The open road”

Genuine tidying up

Today’s guest post comes from my friend Dropscone, the golfer. He has found several new hazards on the golf course lately. At least they save on mowing costs. We had a dry but grey day here, and once again I had to take things carefully to avoid making my knees worse. My knee felt prettyContinue reading “Genuine tidying up”

A change in the weather

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She had a furry rather than a feathered friend at her bird feeder yesterday. We read a news item today saying that this September had been one of the warmest Septembers on record. It doesn’t look as though October is going to break any heat records,Continue reading “A change in the weather”