A pedal and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Libbie, who is visiting Perthshire. Knowing that I like trees, she sent me this picture of the Fortingall Yew, known for being one of the oldest trees in Britain, with modern estimates of its age being between 2,000 and 3,000 years. We had a day of variable weatherContinue reading “A pedal and a tootle”

A climb and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He saw some very beautiful water lilies today. Owing to one thing and another, I have started writing this post rather late in the evening, so it will be a rushed job, with writing kept to the minimum. Rather to our surprise, we had good weather allContinue reading “A climb and a tootle”

Flowers, sausages and jam

Today’s guest picture comes from my walking guide, Mark. He got a closer view of the Jubilee beacon on Whita than I did. We had a calm, grey and fairly cool day here today. We cycled to church to sing in the church choir. and later on in the morning, we cycled to the Co-opContinue reading “Flowers, sausages and jam”

A welcome return

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She found this splendid knobbly tree when she visited Milton Lodge Gardens, near Wells. We had another day here where the enjoyment of some welcome sunshine was tempered by very brisk winds. We got out into the garden though, and spent quite a bit of timeContinue reading “A welcome return”

Grateful for a push

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He is pleased that this handsome bridge in Derby, which he uses a lot, has won an award for good design. We had another generally sunny day here, but the brisk wind made it feel a little chillier than it should have been. Mrs Tootlepedal was busyContinue reading “Grateful for a push”

Increasing our range

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in East Wemyss. It shows the seals who arrived the day after we left. We had a better day than the forecast suggested. It was grey, but it was calm and pleasantly warm for the time of year at 55°F/13°C after breakfast. I went up to theContinue reading “Increasing our range”

A ray of light (but only one)

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce. He came across this fine outbreak of yellow brain (or witches butter) fungus on his walk today. It was a perfect day for winter cycling today, warmish, cloudy but not wet, and pretty calm. This made it all the more annoying that my cold is showing noContinue reading “A ray of light (but only one)”

A slow day

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. She found this tree also waiting in the queue when she went for her booster vaccination yesterday. We had another grey, and somewhat damp day here today. The temperature had crept up a bit but it still felt chilly and unwelcoming, so I was happy to haveContinue reading “A slow day”

A false dawn

I needed something cheery for my guest picture on a very gloomy day, so I looked back for this picture from my Lancashire correspondent Paul, who was in the Lake District earlier in the year. When I got up, it looked as though we might have a cheerful day here after a -5°C night .Continue reading “A false dawn”

Far too many fallen trees

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He woke to find a sprinkling of snow on his balcony. This was a coincidence because we woke to snow here too . . . . . . and we had to walk very carefully to church to sing in the church choir. Although itContinue reading “Far too many fallen trees”