A day of rest

Today’s guest picture comes from Drospcone. On the golf course, the roots of this tree, which was toppled by Storm Arwen, show how little soil there is under the grass on the fairways. We had a fine day here at last, but I failed to make much use of it. As usual we went toContinue reading “A day of rest”

Taking things easy

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found the lake in Markeaton Park in a very peaceful mood in the late afternoon while on a recent walk. We woke to a false dawn here. It was lovely when I looked over the roofs of Henry Street out of our back window. . .Continue reading “Taking things easy”

Shorter and duller

Today’s guest picture is yesterday’s sunset from East Wemyss. Our son Tony sends us these just to make us envious. He succeeds. We had another fairly chilly, fairly grey day here today, but it wasn’t foggy and it wasn’t freezing so we didn’t complain. I walked up to have coffee with Sandy, and found himContinue reading “Shorter and duller”

Crossing boundaries

Today’s guest picture is another of Laura’s views from the icy shores of Lake Michigan. After the drop in temperatures last night, I was expecting an icy morning here today. It was an agreeable surprise to find that warm air from the south had blown in, and the thermometer stood at a very reasonable andContinue reading “Crossing boundaries”

Puff, whizz³

Today’s guest picture shows once again why our son Tony made such a good decision when he moved to East Wemyss. This was yesterday’s dawn. After rain overnight, it was a pleasant surprise to wake up to a warm and dry morning. It was still very grey though, so I was quite happy to loiterContinue reading “Puff, whizz³”

Testing the new gloves

Today’s guest picture is another much needed sunny scene from Muriwai Beach in NZ, courtesy of Stephen. It looks particularly lovely after another grey day here. It was a degree or two warmer here today, but just as grey. Indeed, the light was so poor that I didn’t waste a lot of time looking atContinue reading “Testing the new gloves”

A brief note

Today’s guest picture is a calm seaside view from Portsmouth taken by my sister Caroline. Today’s post is just a brief note to say that Mrs Tootlepedal and I had an enjoyable if quiet Christmas day, with excellent food, a short walk, and digital encounters with our granddaughters. There was a moment when we hailedContinue reading “A brief note”

A stroll in the sun

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. On another visit to Spondon, he walked down Guzzler’s Nook. He took this picture from halfway along. He says that it looks remarkably similar in the other direction too. After the relatively warm weather yesterday, the temperatures sank steadily over night and we were down to 5°CContinue reading “A stroll in the sun”

A false dawn

I needed something cheery for my guest picture on a very gloomy day, so I looked back for this picture from my Lancashire correspondent Paul, who was in the Lake District earlier in the year. When I got up, it looked as though we might have a cheerful day here after a -5°C night .Continue reading “A false dawn”

Far too many fallen trees

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He woke to find a sprinkling of snow on his balcony. This was a coincidence because we woke to snow here too . . . . . . and we had to walk very carefully to church to sing in the church choir. Although itContinue reading “Far too many fallen trees”