Getting the worm

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent, Paul. He doesn’t have a proper garden he tells me, but he can still grow a lovely rose in a pot. This is Alpine Sunset. Yesterday’s forecast for today was for a lovely sunny morning followed by a dry but duller afternoon. My plan was to getContinue reading “Getting the worm”

Caught out

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who saw this impressive looking boat sailing under the Forth Bridges when he was dropping his partner Marianne off at her work this morning. We had another day of brisk winds and variable weather here. When the sun was out, which it was from time to time,Continue reading “Caught out”

Shifty weather

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent Paul who travelled to Cumbria for a break and found a fine day to walk round Crummock Water. We had a half in half day here, half fine and the other (bigger) half rainy. The weather forecasters struggled to put their finger on the timing of theContinue reading “Shifty weather”

Windy matters

Today’s guest picture is another from Paul’s Lake District trips. Last month he visited these hands on the banks of Derwentwater, carved from solid blocks of wood he believes…his wife kindly stood by to give a sense of scale. Our late summer continued with another fine and warm day here. Mrs Tootlepedal, who was feelingContinue reading “Windy matters”

Driven to despair

Today’s guest picture is a composite of chillis grown and photographed by our sons Anthony and Alistair, with one grown by Mrs Tootlepedal and photographed by me. The title of this post was meant to be a lightly amusing reference to the fact that I played golf with Dropscone today for the first time inContinue reading “Driven to despair”

Another morning pedal

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Sharon. She was out last night to see the town being painted red. Well, not exactly painted, more all lit up. It was a message called ‘Light it in Red’ . The Buccleuch Centre was illuminated by Centre Stage Theatre to bring attention to the current plight ofContinue reading “Another morning pedal”

Getting my goat

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie.  It shows some early peach blossom. We were promised wall to wall sunshine today by the forecasters with some confidence so it was disappointing to get up to a cloudy day with the standard chilly wind.  Still, it didn’t rain and I was able not only toContinue reading “Getting my goat”

Pottering about

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Fountains Abbey.  As well as some impressive ruins, it has a lovely garden. We had a very nice summer day here today, warm and calm and often sunny.  It might well have been a good day for a pedal but the recent travelling about andContinue reading “Pottering about”

Reasonably quick cycling, very slow computing

Today’s guest picture comes from camera club member Peter who not only helped with serving the cream teas at Waterbeck yesterday but also kindly sent me this picture from our camera club trip  to Beamish last week. The forecast seems to be pretty certain that it will rain all day tomorrow so I was veryContinue reading “Reasonably quick cycling, very slow computing”

Conducted tour

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Gavin who is on a visit to some Scottish islands.  He looked over the water to see the Paps of Jura.  In my distant youth I ran in a fell race that went right over the tops of those hills.  It was very hard work. It was anContinue reading “Conducted tour”