Return of the pesky peckers

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She may live in a big city but she can still find lovely flowers to enjoy like this Choisya close to her home. We had another warm night and another warm day here, and another set of rain showers to go with it. The garden and theContinue reading “Return of the pesky peckers”

Running scared

Today’s guest picture is the third and last of the inviting gates and doors that Venetia discovered when she visited that garden at Whatcombe in Somerset. Once again we had a frosty night here (min 25.5 °F ), and once again we had a chilly morning. It was dry though, and the wind was briskContinue reading “Running scared”

Less rain, more wind

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was pleased to find that recent rain had refreshed the Markeaton Brook in Derby. He tells me that although it looks very bucolic, it is actually running through the heart of the city We had a miserably cold start to the day, with a cruel northerlyContinue reading “Less rain, more wind”

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”

A noble outing

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony, and shows a platform having a holiday at East Wemyss. After a frost free night, the morning had a familiar feeling about it involving sunshine, a crossword, compost sieving, coffee and conversation with Liz and Margaret in the garden, daffodil dead heading and wandering about taking pictures.Continue reading “A noble outing”

At least it didn’t snow

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who noticed an unusual spectator when she went to play tennis. After what we hope was the last of a series of sub zero nights, (25°F -4°C), we had a day that was still pretty cold in spite of talk of rising temperatures. It was just warmContinue reading “At least it didn’t snow”

Uphill work

Today’s guest picture comes from my camera club friend Simon. He has been taking walks round Canonbie during the lockdown and wonders why anyone might prefer city life to scenes like these. It was not a promising morning today here in any way, being windy and wet from the start. I did pop out intoContinue reading “Uphill work”

Up hill and down dale

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia.  Owing to an easing in the lockdown in England, she was able to visit the Fragrance Garden at The Newt, and very pleased she was to be there. A quick examination of our garden this morning showed that the frost attack hadn’t been just been aContinue reading “Up hill and down dale”

Party pooper

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  He came across this very colourful field on one of his permitted walks.  He can’t say what it is that the farmer is growing. My day started with a Zoom visit to Australia. My sister Susan’s friend Stephen has contributed guest pictures to the blog and asContinue reading “Party pooper”

Viva Garibaldi

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset corespondent, Venetia.  She has ‘lent’ her lawn to neighbours and they are making it very productive.  She tells me that they have planted broad beans, perpetual spinach, chard, Jerusalem artichokes, and later today plan to plant potatoes, with runner beans to come.  She is going to get aContinue reading “Viva Garibaldi”