Cleaning up

Today’s guest post comes from our son Alistair. He found a welcome visitor in his garden and took this splendid picture of it. We had two unusual things to contend with when we got up. It had rained overnight and there was a greenfinch and a goldfinch on the feeder. I was able to copeContinue reading “Cleaning up”

More blooming bluebells

Today’s guest picture is a second from Bruce’s recent visit to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.  I make no apologies, I love steam engines.  This one was built in 1896 and is a lot older than me. We had yet another lovely day here with more wall to wall sunshine and no call for a jumperContinue reading “More blooming bluebells”

Left handed photography

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who appears to be spending May Day in Madrid.  He visited El Parque de Buen Retiro where he admired the colossal statue of Alfonse XIII, best viewed from across the boating lake. After putting on a good show for the visit of Mary Jo yesterday, the localContinue reading “Left handed photography”

Seen and gone

Today’s guest picture shows a fine waterfall visited by Dropscone and family on his Skye holiday. In spite of a forecast of rain, we had yet another dry, cool day with a brisk wind until the evening.  I should have gone cycling (my neighbour Ken did 40 miles in the morning) but I was feelingContinue reading “Seen and gone”

A lot to see but most of it quite far away

Today’s guest picture comes from Gavin in America.  He says that he has never been so close to a deer before. Our spell of dry and windy weather continued today, with the wind even stronger than yesterday so that it felt decidedly chilly when the sun wasn’t out. I started the day off with aContinue reading “A lot to see but most of it quite far away”

Setting history back 130 years

Today’s guest picture shows a great crested grebe, sent by my Glastonbury correspondent Venetia.  It was seen while on a visit to Shapwick Heath nature reserve with my sister Mary. Our dry spell continued with another mostly sunny day here but the cool north easterly wind meant that it wasn’t a day for the nattyContinue reading “Setting history back 130 years”

That warm feeling

Today’s guest picture is another from Liz’s visit to the Chelsea Flower show.  It shows the much admired Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth garden.  It is difficult to know what to think about it without actually being in it. It was Dropscone’s 74th birthday today and he celebrated by going round his favourite 20 mile morning cycle rideContinue reading “That warm feeling”

Done and dusted

Today’s guest picture shows a colourful corner of my daughter’s garden on Monday.  As she is in Cannes at the moment, it is having to get on without her. I personally had a very quiet day in contrast to the loud and windy weather outside.  After a night of rain, it was at least dry,Continue reading “Done and dusted”

Heavy breathing

Today’s guest pictures, sent to me by Bruce, shows some of the inhabitants of Gilnockie who haven’t decided how they are going to vote in the forthcoming general election. It was hard to know who or what to blame.  Was it the dry spell making for dusty conditions, was it the flowers in the gardenContinue reading “Heavy breathing”

Mrs Tootlepedal acts like a granny

Today’s guest picture comes from NZ.  Since we had a picture of her cousin Sara cycling in Langholm a few days ago, it seems only right to show Maisie out for a spin too.  She was going so fast that she was nearly out of sight by the time the shutter clicked. The first ofContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal acts like a granny”