From winter to summer in a week

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair who found an upstanding goose in his local park. It has been a remarkable week here. We have gone from nearly six months of ‘coats on coffee’ with three layers and hats on, to just a t-shirt and sitting in the shade to avoid the blazing sunContinue reading “From winter to summer in a week”

A colourful hillside

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He met a rather alarming animal while on a walk through Derby. The improvement in the weather continued and we got a day that was positively warm and pleasant, even though once again, it was a bit short in the sun department. It was cloudy when IContinue reading “A colourful hillside”

We never stopped

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She visited Trafalgar Square on the final day of the lockdown in London. I wonder if it is busier now. It could hardly be quieter. We had a busy day here with fun from morning to night. The weather wasn’t very helpful as it was another chillyContinue reading “We never stopped”

Treacle and the end of a long wait

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. On one of his walks, he noticed that his dog had got a personal cloud. There is only time for a brief post tonight as it has been a full day. Preparations for the visit of Matilda and her parents were in full swing and my firstContinue reading “Treacle and the end of a long wait”

Down but about

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie in London. She tried to get the bus driver to take her to the pot of gold but he insisted on sticking to his route. There was no chance of a pot of gold here today. We had more than enough rain for a rainbow, but notContinue reading “Down but about”

Spring has finally sprung

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline, who found the sea in a very calm mood when she went down to visit it recently. The Isle of Wight may be seen in the background. We had a pretty calm day here, but it was cool again, and if the sun wasn’t out, which itContinue reading “Spring has finally sprung”

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”