A sign of the times

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. It shows another of the garden doors that she met on her visit to the NGS garden at Whatcombe. Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that we had another sub zero night followed by a very cold morning. The cold night hadn’t discouraged the hedgehog and ourContinue reading “A sign of the times”

Wet but welcome

Today’s guest picture shows the regular East Wemyss walking partners of our son Tony. The forecast promised rain and wind but there was a moment without either after breakfast, and Mrs Tootlepedal seized the opportunity to cycle up to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back. The rain had just started by the time she returned, and thenContinue reading “Wet but welcome”

Blue Sunday

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She likes to take advantage of the National Gardens Scheme and found this inviting door while visiting Whatcombe, a ¾-acre mature Edwardian garden with colour-themed, informally planted herbaceous borders, in Winscombe in her home county. We had another chilly morning, and when the sun wasn’t outContinue reading “Blue Sunday”

Cheese but no biscuits

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He came across this classic situation on his way to have a walk in the country a day or two ago. It was good enough to make an appearance on the BBC Scotland website. We had another chilly morning after another frosty night, so I was inContinue reading “Cheese but no biscuits”

Not getting wet

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who had a choice of views from his place of work yesterday. We had another frosty night here, followed by an even chillier day than of late with that persistent north easterly wind still blowing. There were some light showers in the morning, heavy enough to beContinue reading “Not getting wet”

A semi Sandy stroll

Today’s guest picture comes from an ex teaching friend, Jim. He has sent me this picture from a friend of his in Florida, and suggests that I shouldn’t complain too much about having cats visiting my garden when I see what his friend has to put up with. As far as alligators went, we hadContinue reading “A semi Sandy stroll”

A subdued day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She found some lovely blossom on a sunny walk in Regents Park. In contrast to that, we had a very subdued day here. It wasn’t frosty overnight but it was still cold and grey when we got up, and it stayed that way all day. There wasContinue reading “A subdued day”

Taking to the hills

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He came across the River Erewash on a recent walk. It was a peaceful scene. I almost wrote that we had another frosty night followed by a sunny day our of sheer force of habit, but as it happened, we didn’t have a frosty night at all,Continue reading “Taking to the hills”

Going out with Mrs Tootlepdal

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in sunny East Wemyss and features a sea bird and some seaweed….and some sea. Disappointingly, we had another sub zero night so that things are still developing very slowly in the garden in spite of sunny days. We had another very sunny day today and by midContinue reading “Going out with Mrs Tootlepdal”

Laid to rest

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He found a layer of mist floating above the river when he went out for his morning cycle ride. We had a layer of frost on our lawn yet again when we woke up today, but once again it was followed by a beautifulContinue reading “Laid to rest”