Taking my time

The second of the ‘trip to London’ pictures shows “Topaz”, one of the elegant Pullman coaches pulled by the steam engine which we saw at Carlisle station.  I like the little lamps with shades at every table. We had a rare outbreak of summer today with plenty of sunshine and a cooling breeze from theContinue reading “Taking my time”

A short walk with a lot of bridges

Note:  This is an additional post to record a two and a half mile walk along the Water of Leith path yesterday (with a diversion at one point where the path was closed).  I have put it in entirely for my own interest and it can be easily ignored except by those who like bridges.Continue reading “A short walk with a lot of bridges”

There is such a thing as a free lunch

Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s recent visit to Hyde Park in glorious weather. We didn’t have any sun today but we didn’t have any rain either and it was a good deal warmer than it has been so we were duly grateful. I have to get up very early tomorrow morningContinue reading “There is such a thing as a free lunch”

Making hay

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie.  She has been working hard in her allotment and has got a nice selection of seeds doing what seeds do. The forecast said “Rain later” but the morning was a continuation of our sunny spell with the added benefit of enough haze about to keep the temperature up.Continue reading “Making hay”

A long and windy road

Today’s guest picture is another of our daughter Annie’s London scenes. This shows the former St Stephen’s Tower, now properly called the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the great bell, Big Ben.  You usually just look at the clock while passing and ignore all the amazingly intricate work on the tower itself. We had a veryContinue reading “A long and windy road”

Calm after the storm

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia, who was wandering across the Somerset levels at East Lyng when she was passed by a freight train. From our point of view, it wasn’t much of a storm yesterday but it was certainly calm and sunny when we got up this morning.  From a cyclingContinue reading “Calm after the storm”

Birds and bridges

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia, who went to watch a murmuration of starlings recently.  You can see more pictures  of her visit on her blog. I too went to look at some birds today with Mrs Tootlepedal.  It was a glorious morning and it was no hardship at all to takeContinue reading “Birds and bridges”

Hitting my target

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She caught Mr Grumpy’s London cousin pretending to be a statue. I think it may be true to say that we have already had more frosty days this winter than we had in the whole of last winter which was exceptionally wet and mild…and our winter hasn’tContinue reading “Hitting my target”

A pleasant surprise

Today’s guest picture is a reminder from my sister Mary of sunny days in the South of France, captured when we visited Aix-en-Provence not so long ago. Today had two good things about it  and one of them was surprising considering that the forecast had been for rain showers all day when I last lookedContinue reading “A pleasant surprise”

Straightforward (and back)

pain Today’s guest picture shows sunset over the Mersey.  My brother is in Liverpool. It was a calm day with a good forecast so when Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing with the church choir, I got the fairly speedy bike out and made good use of some light Sunday traffic by cycling up theContinue reading “Straightforward (and back)”