Puffed out

Today’s guest picture comes from the world’s greatest baby’s other grandfather.  Matilda is requesting some more demanding mental arithmetic and her mother is trying to think of a suitable question. I didn’t have to think what to do today as it was perfect for cycling and I had nothing on my calendar to do instead. Continue reading “Puffed out”

Back to normal

Today’s guest picture shows my brother Andrew skiing on Mt Ruahepu in New Zealand.  He gets about. After the excitement of yesterday’s grand day out, we were back to normal today, dead heading poppies, wandering about the garden, watching birds, cooking, cleaning and ironing.  (You can guess which of those things I took most partContinue reading “Back to normal”

Recovery

Today’s guest picture shows a splendid book bench in London.  My sister Mary sent me the photo.  It celebrates ‘The Railway Children’   (My eldest sister Susan took some  pictures of other examples of these benches and you can see them on one of her posts here.) It was a warm and calm but cloudy dayContinue reading “Recovery”

The pick of the crop

Today’s guest picture is another from Bruce’s visit to the south west of England.  He saw this black swan at Dawlish.  He tells me that before he saw this actual black swan, he had thought that all black swans were public houses. The main business of the day was taking Granny to Newcastle Airport soContinue reading “The pick of the crop”

Going through the mill

No guest picture today I am afraid as no one has sent me one.  Instead, here is an eye popping colour combination of peony and azalea. The weather turned out to be a lot better than the forecast and we had a fine sunny day with warm temperatures and a gentle wind.  It would haveContinue reading “Going through the mill”

Pipped by the hip again

Today’s guest picture is another sent by a proud Langholm grandfather.  It shows Eleanor, daughter of a Langholm exile, forced to labour in her garden in California and beaten down by a pitiless sun.  Luckily she is wearing her mother’s hat.  Gavin sent me this. The day started well as Dropscone and I were accompaniedContinue reading “Pipped by the hip again”

Brotherly love

In response to a flood of (at least two) requests, today’s picture is a set of Dropscone’s treacle scones beside the ingredients.  The recipe is below. Recipe: 1 and a half cups of self raising flour. Pinch of salt if required Half cup of milk (your choice, full or skimmed) 2 spoons of treacle, infuseContinue reading “Brotherly love”

A proper Monday with a pedal and a tootle

Today’s picture, taken by my brother, shows my sister in law Catherine looking very regal in front of Frogmore House, a royal residence in Windsor. The day started as it should with the arrival of Dropscone and a pedal round the morning run. There was a noticeable west wind blowing today which we like, asContinue reading “A proper Monday with a pedal and a tootle”

I can get that satisfaction

Today’s picture, sent by my brother, shows my siblings having a riotous time at Somerset House. From left to right, Susan, Andrew, Mary and Caroline. Today started well when I woke up early, got up early and got out on the bike fairly early.  I followed a route which took me round the first half ofContinue reading “I can get that satisfaction”