A short song cycle

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent, Paul. He thinks that this pretty pot rose of his has a very fitting name, “Alpine Sunset”. We did have a good sunset here today, but we had a very grey dawn and it rained while we were in church, so once again we got damp bottomsContinue reading “A short song cycle”

Welcome home

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to Porthleven in Cornwall. It was a day which started with low cloud and rain . . . . . . and ended with sunshine and the return of Mrs Tootlepedal. In between, Dropscone came round for coffee bearing first rate scones (and leaving with runner beans),Continue reading “Welcome home”

Busy doing nothing

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He was up at the crack of dawn today with his dogs to see a typical East Wemyss day in the making. On the other side of the country, we had a different picture when we got up (several hours later than Tony) with mist covered hillsContinue reading “Busy doing nothing”

In the doghouse

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She found a fine robin’s pin cushion on a wild rose when she was out walking today. It is a gall caused by the larvae of a tiny gall wasp, Dipoloepis rosae. We had another grey cool day today, but it was pleasant enough for a walkContinue reading “In the doghouse”

A song cycle day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She found this extravagantly yarn bombed tree when out for her walk today. We had another dry day here for which we were only moderately grateful, as a spell of overnight rain would be really useful. We are getting warnings to be careful on our use ofContinue reading “A song cycle day”

Crossed lines

Today’s guest photograph comes from my sister Caroline. She found some nice looking lawn tennis courts where people seemed to prefer drinking coffee to playing the game. We had another day here which took a bit of time to warm up, but by midday, the clouds had cleared away and it was wonderfully sunny butContinue reading “Crossed lines”

On the up

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline who found a quiet moment in a visit to a cafe to reflect on things. Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . We had another lovely day here today, though at times when the sun was fully out, it was almost too hot, a good complaintContinue reading “On the up”

A day of two halves

Today’s cheerful guest picture, taken by a co-operative member of staff, shows my three sisters, Mary, Susan and Caroline, meeting in a cafe in Chichester last week. We woke up to a disappointingly wet and chilly morning here today. As a result we drove the short distance to church, but on the bright side, theContinue reading “A day of two halves”

Baffled by the lack of rain

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He came across this field of crops heavily damaged by the recent bad weather in his area. In contrast, we had a very fine day here today with lots of sunshine. After the recent showery weather, it took some getting used to. At one stage, Alistair gotContinue reading “Baffled by the lack of rain”

A feast of nature

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She found a lovely wild flower meadow on her recent visit to The Newt with my sister Mary. For reasons not unconnected with staying up late to watch the very exciting mixed triathlon relay at the Olympic games, I was quite tired this morning, and didContinue reading “A feast of nature”