Oiling the wheels

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who was once again up early enough on his way to work to catch a fine sunrise complete with artistic lamppost. I wasn’t up early enough to see a sunrise but I was up early enough to find that the temperature was once again below zero atContinue reading “Oiling the wheels”

Magical geometry

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She took in a plant to protect it from the winter and it has grown so well indoors that she can’t get it back out into the garden again, and it is blushing unseen in the utility room. Nothing much would have wanted to be going outContinue reading “Magical geometry”

The weather gods rub it in

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He spotted an RAF pilot doing a handbrake turn over East Wemyss. The first business of the day was to check our new trail camera. We bought it a few months ago and have been waiting for some less cold weather to try it out. Last nightContinue reading “The weather gods rub it in”

A cold start

Today’s guest picture is another from sunny Derby. My brother Andrew points put that if it wasn’t for the lockdown, Bonnie Prince Charlie would normally be surrounded by gangs of people enjoying a picnic. He looks a bit lonely today. We were promised a day of gentle wind so I had planned to get outContinue reading “A cold start”

Two contrasting walks

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who visited the famous gardens at Kew and was very impressed by this statue. It leaves Mr Grumpy looking like a little ray of sunshine. We had a close run thing here with the temperature dropping to a single degree above freezing in the early morning. FortunatelyContinue reading “Two contrasting walks”

Fine walking and three zooms

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony He took an unwanted old metal watering can away with him when he went home after his visit yesterday, and it has now been repurposed, as they say these days. We had another of those here and there mornings with occasional light drizzle but there were plentyContinue reading “Fine walking and three zooms”

A pedal and a push

Today’s guest picture, taken by our son Tony at quarter to six this morning shows the sunrise in East Wemyss. Not perhaps technically the greatest picture because of the low light but definitely one of the best sunrises. I didn’t get up quite that early (to say the least) so I missed any Langholm sunriseContinue reading “A pedal and a push”

A round and about

Today’s guest picture comes from another of Venetia’s visit to fine local gardens. She returned to the country estate called The Newt and found a newt. We had a fine day here and I was up comparatively early to enjoy it, as I had arranged to play nine holes of golf after breakfast with Dropscone.Continue reading “A round and about”

Driven to despair

Today’s guest picture is a composite of chillis grown and photographed by our sons Anthony and Alistair, with one grown by Mrs Tootlepedal and photographed by me. The title of this post was meant to be a lightly amusing reference to the fact that I played golf with Dropscone today for the first time inContinue reading “Driven to despair”

A useful outing

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit my Somerset correspondent, Venetia, made to Benter Village. She met with some fowl play while she was there. In the way that these things often happen, we got a day of pretty good weather just when I couldn’t make good use of it. My toothache was still badContinue reading “A useful outing”