A hot ride

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a picturesque lake to sit beside while having his lunch today. In spite of the continued absence of Mrs Tootlepedal in the south, the sun shone in Langholm today. Our local weather station recorded just under 30°C for a brief period in the afternoon butContinue reading “A hot ride”

Going nuts

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. It is not the sharpest picture that he has ever taken but you don’t get to see an otter very often, so any picture is brilliant. Our spell of gorgeous late summer weather continued here today. Once again it was sunny without being too hot, so weContinue reading “Going nuts”

Choral chaos and an outing

Today’s guest picture come from our friend Bruce. He spotted a septic tank cleaning lorry on the Kilngreen and was amused by its tag. I was too. ( I don’t know if ‘meals on wheels’ is an international institution, but here it provides home meals for those unable to get out of the house orContinue reading “Choral chaos and an outing”

A day of two halves

Today’s cheerful guest picture, taken by a co-operative member of staff, shows my three sisters, Mary, Susan and Caroline, meeting in a cafe in Chichester last week. We woke up to a disappointingly wet and chilly morning here today. As a result we drove the short distance to church, but on the bright side, theContinue reading “A day of two halves”

Winding down

Today’s guest picture is another of Laura’s from St Joseph, Michigan. We got up to some heavy showers and strong winds here today. It wasn’t the best weather for the last day of Clare, Alistair and Matilda’s stay with us, but we made the best of it. Mrs Tootlepedal had a busy morning taking theContinue reading “Winding down”

A quiet day at home

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. We read an article recently which told us to be more respectful of flies as they are very useful pollinators, so I have put his picture of a tenthredo lividae sawfly here out of respect. We had a reasonably warm but very grey day here. In spiteContinue reading “A quiet day at home”

Short and sweet

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a big football supporter in Nottingham. We had another fine summer day here today. On these hot days, Mrs Tootlepedal’s plan is to be busy in the garden in the morning, and relax in the afternoon. I take the opposite view, and take the morningContinue reading “Short and sweet”

Cut and pedal

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia who met a grebe on her way home from her Highland holiday. Rather surprisingly, we woke up to a brilliant summer day today. It was very welcome, especially as it stayed sunny all day. Mrs Tootlepedal was extremely enthusiastic about the show of the accidental opium poppies in theContinue reading “Cut and pedal”

A night on the town

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She was in a local botanic garden and was surprised to find a plant full of snails. Our spell of fine weather came to an end this morning and Mrs Tootlepedal and our neighbour Liz went on a post breakfast cycle ride in a light drizzle. TheyContinue reading “A night on the town”

A colourful hillside

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He met a rather alarming animal while on a walk through Derby. The improvement in the weather continued and we got a day that was positively warm and pleasant, even though once again, it was a bit short in the sun department. It was cloudy when IContinue reading “A colourful hillside”