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”

Getting around

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter’s partner, Joe.  They are on holiday in the Highlands and Joe found an uncharacteristically quiet day to take this fine shot of Annie. The temperature here was a very reasonable 7°C again today so if I hadn’t been distracted by a very tricky seasonal prize crossword which wastedContinue reading “Getting around”

Making use of some sunshine

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother Andrew’s recent encounter with the terrifying invaders of Derby. We had a really good sunny day today and with nothing on our calendar, I tried to make good use of it. The down side of a bright and sunny morning at this time of year is thatContinue reading “Making use of some sunshine”

A dry day, hooray!

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit my brother paid to Wirksworth last month.  It is an ancient lead mining and quarrying town in Derbyshire which has a steam train and guard’s van shuttle to the Quarry museum up the hill. It didn’t rain today.  It didn’t rain today.  I have said that twice becauseContinue reading “A dry day, hooray!”