Watch the birdie

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent Paul who is visiting the lake District again. He spotted a lake. We had another cold night here but, once again, the temperature stayed just high enough to avoid any great damage to the garden and I was able to trim the front hedge in pleasant sunshineContinue reading “Watch the birdie”

Up and down and round and round

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in East Wemyss. He was up so early yesterday morning that he beat the sun to it. There was no sign of sun here this morning, and it was another grey day as we drove up to Cronksbank to help out at the Tarras Valley Nature ReserveContinue reading “Up and down and round and round”

A day of two halves

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a curious woolly creature in a garden in Ashby de la Zouche today. It was raining in a rather discouraging way when we got up this morning, and it kept at it until midday. Under the circumstances, we had a quiet morning in, brightened byContinue reading “A day of two halves”

A fond farewell

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce. He visited the standing stones at Callanish on the Isle of Lewis, and wants us to know that the sun wasn’t shining everywhere in Britain yesterday. The sun certainly was shining here again today, and once again, we felt it sensible to take in the outdoors inContinue reading “A fond farewell”

A surprise

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She met a very well turned out gardener on her way to play tennis in Regent’s Park recently. We had another dry summer day here today, but once again the temperatures remained at a very comfortable level, and we were able to carry on life without unwantedContinue reading “A surprise”

The longest day

Today’s guest picture shows that Tony’s dogs are enjoying their Highland holiday too. Since today was the longest day of the year, I thought it appropriate to try to achieve the longest bike ride of the year while I had plenty of daylight. The forecast was for a warm, cloudy day with a light wind.Continue reading “The longest day”

Not quite a Zephyr

Today’s colourful guest picture is another one from my sister Caroline’s holiday in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. We got a reminder of how gentle the breezes have been lately when we woke to a grey and very blustery day today. I read on the internet that Zephyrus, the god of the west wind,Continue reading “Not quite a Zephyr”

A pedal, a bee and a song

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found some chilly but very fine weather on his walk past the old mill today. We had some chilly but fine weather here too today, and it took until breakfast before the thermometer got above zero. Once started though, it kept going and I was ableContinue reading “A pedal, a bee and a song”

A disappearing wood

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair who lives in Leith, a part of Edinburgh. Those familiar with the songs of the Proclaimers will know that sunshine and Leith are inextricably linked. Once again, the forecasters proved fallible, and what should have been a rainy day turned into a fine day with only occasionalContinue reading “A disappearing wood”

A welcome and a welcome surprise

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He found a moment in his working day yesterday morning to stop and appreciate the sunrise. We woke up to a fine morning here today, and at 7°C it was theoretically quite warm for the time of year. It didn’t take long in a piercing wind outsideContinue reading “A welcome and a welcome surprise”