Wilting a bit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found it a little chilly on Skegness pier this evening on a visit to the east coast of England. It wasn’t at all chilly here as we had another very warm day, with the thermometer showing 27°C (80°F) in the afternoon. It is still well overContinue reading “Wilting a bit”

A little bit over the top

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who passed the (very) old school at Beardsall on one of his recent walks in the sunshine. Our run of lovely summer days here continued today, but once again it was marginally hotter than was totally comfortable in the direct sun, so we took things quietly asContinue reading “A little bit over the top”

Getting ready

Today’s guest pictures come from our sons Alistair and Tony. Alistair got close to a caterpillar and Tony kept well away from a swarm of bees near a house where he was working. Our weather seems to be coming in blocks just now, and after our recent spell of sunny weather, we continued in ourContinue reading “Getting ready”

International travel

Today’s guest picture comes from none other than Mrs Tootlepedal herself. She has been going round the garden taking pictures with her tablet for her records so that she can remember what the garden looked like this year when she is planning for next year. This is her view of the front garden. It wasContinue reading “International travel”

Some business and a little stretch

Today’s guest picture comes from my South African correspondent, Tom. He came across this tense stand off between a cat and a hadeda. Tom tells me that he sided with the bird and chased the cat away. We had a rather grey and windy morning here after more overnight rain. When I went out intoContinue reading “Some business and a little stretch”

Gardener’s boy

Today’s guest picture shows the handsome church of St Michael with All Angels at Stanton-by-Dale, Derbyshire. My brother Andrew walked past it on his walk yesterday. Summer here was interrupted by some overnight rain, and the day dawned cloudy. However, normal service was soon renewed, and we had another fine day, especially in the afternoon.Continue reading “Gardener’s boy”

Making sense

Today’s guest picture gets my seal of approval. It comes from Venetia’s Highland holiday when she went to visit the Moray Firth at Burghead. Summer continued in Langholm today. In fact it got hotter, reaching 27°C in mid afternoon. Under the circumstances, I thought that I ought to reverse my usual practice and do somethingContinue reading “Making sense”

A day of surprises

Today’s guest picture shows a recent sunrise in East Wemyss. It comes from our son Tony who gets up very early in the morning to walk his dogs. We had no sun here in the morning, but it was warm and I enjoyed a walk round the garden before coffee after having listened to aContinue reading “A day of surprises”

Nothing doing

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. I think this must have been a stopping point on her journey north. The offer of tea and cakes seems attractive. We had a better day here, slightly warmer and slightly less windy. As the sun often came out, it was much more pleasant in the garden too. ThisContinue reading “Nothing doing”

A quiet day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary, who found a wonderful show of colour on a recent visit to the park. We are still a bit short of colour in our garden, which is no surprise after another chilly night. At least we had a good day to follow the cold night. In spiteContinue reading “A quiet day”