On the trail of the lonesome pine (again)

Today’s guest picture is another of my sister Mary’s delightful studies of Regents Park in London. She goes there to play tennis and always looks about on her way. We woke to rather grey and windy weather with a forecast of some rain to come in the middle of the day. We were in noContinue reading “On the trail of the lonesome pine (again)”

Not quite a Zephyr

Today’s colourful guest picture is another one from my sister Caroline’s holiday in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. We got a reminder of how gentle the breezes have been lately when we woke to a grey and very blustery day today. I read on the internet that Zephyrus, the god of the west wind,Continue reading “Not quite a Zephyr”

Settling down

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline in Southsea. It goes to show that we don’t have a monopoly on elegant tulips here. Today was all about settling back into routine life at home after the excitements of visiting family in the south. We managed pretty well. After breakfast, the newspapers, and the crossword,Continue reading “Settling down”

Taking things slowly

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She took a trip down to the south bank of the Thames this morning, and then nipped home again before it got too hot. It was another bright sunny day here, with temperatures set to rise to 27°C in the afternoon. I had a wild scheme inContinue reading “Taking things slowly”

Driving ahead

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She was able to spot Mr Grumpy’s London cousin with no difficulty on her walk today. It was another of those days here when it was quite hard to see anything because of the gloomy weather, but it wasn’t raining and once again it was quite calm.Continue reading “Driving ahead”

Almost too much cycling (if that is possible)

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. It shows some fine colour which she encountered on a recent visit to Regents Park in London. When Mrs Tootlepedal looked out of the dining room window after breakfast, she could see a good collection of blackbirds. They had gathered to nibble on cotoneaster berries under theContinue reading “Almost too much cycling (if that is possible)”

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”

Mysterious things

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbours Libbie and Irving. It shows their view of the rambler rose on the fence between us. Irving says he modestly takes the credit when visitors compliment him on his lovely rose. There was rain during the night and the soil in the garden seemed very wet when weContinue reading “Mysterious things”

Unreliable evidence

Today’s guest picture is a lupin in the wild taken by our son Tony on one of his walks…. …and as a change from my usual practice, I have put another guest picture in the post today to show Tony’s lupin in context. I had hoped to go on a longer and slower bike rideContinue reading “Unreliable evidence”

Roundabout

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s Welsh trip.  Having left Chester and climbed Snowdon, he came to rest on Anglesey where he met the sea…and my sister Mary. Our spell of dry weather continued but once again with an east wind to make sure that we didn’t forget that it is still earlyContinue reading “Roundabout”