A pedal, a toddle, a tootle and a gargle

The guest picture of the day comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia.  She recently took a break in the Highlands of Scotland where she saw this lovely little tree creeper. The forecast was for sunshine and light winds in the morning and rain and strong wind in the afternoon.  As I was hoping to haveContinue reading “A pedal, a toddle, a tootle and a gargle”

Test ride

Today’s guest picture is a triumph of patient gardening.  Mike and Alison Tinker have been tending a kowhai plant (a New Zealand native) for twelve years and this year it has finally flowered.  Alison took the picture and Mike sent it to me. I leapt out of bed, had breakfast, dashed on my cycling gear….andContinue reading “Test ride”

Just a spoonful of sugar

Today’s guest picture is the last of the Derby insects sent to me by my brother Andrew. I am irresistibly reminded of my favourite limerick.  I remember it as: There was a young man from St Bees, Who was stung on the knee by a wasp. When they said, “Does it hurt?” He replied, “No,Continue reading “Just a spoonful of sugar”

Getting my goat

I would like to thank kind readers for sending me a positive flood of potential guest pictures and I have chosen one from Venetia’s African odyssey to start off.  It shows a gemsbok which appealed to me as it appeared in a recent crossword as an answer to a cryptic clue.  It is good toContinue reading “Getting my goat”

A certain apprehension

Today’s guest picture is another captured by our son Tony’s new camera, showing that it (and he) can take close ups as well as the larger picture. It was bright and chilly when we got up and after breakfast, I went out to look for the lost perch from the feeder.  I found it easilyContinue reading “A certain apprehension”

Sun on my back

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my friend Bruce.  He was impressed by the size of this nail brush.  Its owner must have very big hands. I was awoken by a loud cry from Mrs Tootlepedal.  “There’s a partridge in the garden,” she said.  I had hoped that by the time  that IContinue reading “Sun on my back”

Good weather, indifferent legs

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia, my Somerset correspondent.  She set herself up with this splendid view with the intention of enjoying the Red  Arrows display team as they flew towards her.   Unfortunately, owing to a failure of communication, they appeared from behind her and were past before she could get a good shot.  Still,Continue reading “Good weather, indifferent legs”

Carried away

Today’s guest picture is another of Tony’s seals among the seaweed.  That looks like an eider duck in the background. Apology: There are far too many pictures in today’s post.  If you like garden pictures of flowers, birds, bees and butterflies scroll rapidly through to the end and if you like views start at theContinue reading “Carried away”

A hint of warmth

Thanks to all those who have sent guest pictures.  I start with these two exotic encoutnered by Jim and Sandra who certainly haven’t been on holiday in Blackpool. After a sub zero night, it warmed up briskly and there was no hint of frost to be seen.  The temperature didn’t get above itself though andContinue reading “A hint of warmth”