Song, birds and bees

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a perfect moment this afternoon for a riverside view in Derby. We had another cool, but not cold day here, and apart from some very light drizzle in the afternoon, it stayed dry. We were thus able to cycle to church after breakfast, where asContinue reading “Song, birds and bees”

A pedal and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo, my Manitoba correspondent. She has crossed the Atlantic and is visiting London where she found this interestingly repaired door in Highgate Cemetery. We had another dry day here, with quite a bit of sunshine to take the chill off a cool morning. We started the day by cyclingContinue reading “A pedal and a tootle”

A mystery knee

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit to The Newt by my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She found a fine display of Curcurbitae (gourds to you and me) dangling from a pergola. We had another cool, dry day here, with quite a bit of sunshine until it started to rain in the early evening. It wasn’tContinue reading “A mystery knee”

A fine memorial

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She came up from Portsmouth to meet my other two sisters on the south bank of the Thames for coffee, a catchup and a meal. She took a picture of Waterloo Bridge on her way to meet them. We had to get up and organised quite promptlyContinue reading “A fine memorial”

Two choirs and a stroll

Today’s guest picture is another from our friend Gavin’s trip to the Isle of Coll. They do good beaches on Coll. This is Crossapol Bay. The day here started well with a set of good old fashioned hymns at the church service, with the added benefits of easy bass parts for me to sing. WithContinue reading “Two choirs and a stroll”

Pulling, pushing, perambulating and playing

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found this fine mediaeval bridge for me on a visit to Fountains Abbey. We had our first genuinely chilly morning since the late spring today. Our local weather station recorded a low of 3°C (38°F) in the early hours. It was a generally sunny day though,Continue reading “Pulling, pushing, perambulating and playing”

A timely reminder

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She is currently on holiday near Fort William in the Highlands, and found this very pretty bridge near the village where Mrs Tootlepedal and I lived when we first got married. I emptied an inch of rain out of our rain gauge this morning, but fortunatelyContinue reading “A timely reminder”

Successful synthesising

You can’t have too many East Wemyss dawns in my opinion so today’s guest picture is another from our son Tony. It was taken yesterday. I had a slow start to the day but I managed to squeeze a couple of pages of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database, the first for 1904Continue reading “Successful synthesising”

Two choirs and three bridges

Today’s guest picture comes from my files. Looking back, I don’t think that I have used this fine slightly surreal shot taken by my brother Andrew. (If I have, it deserves another outing anyway.) It was rainy when we got up, and the prospects did not look good. However, it stopped raining as soon asContinue reading “Two choirs and three bridges”

Going wild

Today’s guest picture comes from Mark’s marathon walk over the twelve hills round the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve last Sunday. It shows the party at 5am in Langholm at the start; on top of Tinnis Hill (the first hill) at 8.30am; on the high point of the walk at Roan Fell cairn (the fourth hillContinue reading “Going wild”