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”

Sing, walk, sing , cycle

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Simon, who is in Sandwich in Kent, helping with the preparations for the forthcoming Open Championship at the golf club there. He was much struck by the flint walls in the town. We had another very calm day here today, and this made an otherwise rather cool andContinue reading “Sing, walk, sing , cycle”

A general absence of sunshine

In need of some cheer, I have gone back into my files to find this guest picture of the day. It shows Tony’s dogs enjoying a sunny game of volleyball in his garden in East Wemyss. It was a miserable day here today. When it wasn’t raining, it was about to rain, and when itContinue reading “A general absence of sunshine”

Out twice

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He met this example of South Africa’s national bird, a blue crane, while out on his bicycle. We finally got a warm day here after what seems like months of freezing or near freezing cold weather. It was only 43°F (6°C) at half pastContinue reading “Out twice”

Biscuits but no cheese

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He has sent me this cheerful study of plumbago and blue sky. We woke to find that the merest speckle of snow had settled on Langholm overnight. It might have been that sort of snow that was too thin to be picturesque but thickContinue reading “Biscuits but no cheese”

No wonder

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in East Wemyss. He saw this buzzard in a tree while walking his dogs a day or two ago. The forecasters had been pretty certain that we would get a good fall of snow today and I was looking forward to being able to have a winterContinue reading “No wonder”