Waiting for the car

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent Keiron. This is one of his cycling routes. I had a topsy turvy day today. Since lockdown started two years ago, I have got into the habit of having a quiet morning in, usually with the newspapers, the crossword and some sociable coffee, and then trying toContinue reading “Waiting for the car”

Four bridges and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was visiting the village of Melbourne today, and enjoyed its old world atmosphere (though he wouldn’t like to live there). We had a grey and windy day here today. It was very windy at times, but not windy enough to do any noticeable damage. I cycledContinue reading “Four bridges and a tootle”

Up and down twice

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He was walking from Brampton to Lanercost when he passed through this fine wood. We woke to a dry and sunny morning. The inevitable downside at this time of year was that the temperature was low, above freezing, but chilly at 4°C. The wind was light, soContinue reading “Up and down twice”

A change in the weather

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She had a furry rather than a feathered friend at her bird feeder yesterday. We read a news item today saying that this September had been one of the warmest Septembers on record. It doesn’t look as though October is going to break any heat records,Continue reading “A change in the weather”

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”

The official taster

Today’s impressionistic guest picture comes from Wales where regular reader Keiron found this blasted tree which he thinks looks like something from a Clint Eastwood movie. We had another cold, grey day here today, with a nagging north easterly wind making it feel even colder than it was. Under instruction from Mrs Tootlepedal, I venturedContinue reading “The official taster”

Free of charge

Today’s guest picture comes from my Canonbie friend Simon. He is back at work at outdoor sporting venues. He came across this fine crop of fungus on a Scottish golf course. We had another generally fine day today, although it inconsiderately started to rain just at the right time to spoil the chances of morningContinue reading “Free of charge”

Much better

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She has got a new phone and took this shot with it and sent it to me. She knows that I like canals. There were two and a half inches of rain for the week in Mary Jo’s rain gauge when I looked this morning, most ofContinue reading “Much better”

Hill and valley

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to The Newt. She knows that I like a gate. When Mrs Tootlepedal had been up on the moor yesterday morning with the visiting party, she had been much struck by the heather, so after breakfast today, she took me up to have a look at forContinue reading “Hill and valley”

Sitting around all day again

Today’s guest picture comes from Tony in East Wemyss and shows that he has been putting all that sunshine to good use in his vegetable garden. We had a perfect summer day here today. The wind was light, the sky was blue and temperatures were warm but tolerable. In the morning, Mrs Tootlepedal was busyContinue reading “Sitting around all day again”