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”

Occasional rain

Today’s guest picture comes from Gunta, a blog reader who lives on the west coast of America. She has combined two of my favourite things, a flying bird and a fuchsia, in one fantastic picture. We had a perfectly nice, almost summer day here today with the temperature at a very acceptable 15 to 17°CContinue reading “Occasional rain”

Getting things fixed

Today’s guest picture is another from Paul. He was happy to see that cricket had started again after the lockdown. As a day, this was one that did not get entered on the credit side of the great ledger of life, although it did have some redeeming features. First, the less attractive part: after breakfast,Continue reading “Getting things fixed”

An unexpected encounter

The guest picture of the day comes from our daughter Annie. It shows my stepmother Patricia and my eldest sister Susan, socially distanced on a park bench in Camden, on the occasion of their recent meeting with Annie’s daughter Evie as she approached her first birthday. We had another mainly sunny day here, though onceContinue reading “An unexpected encounter”

Walking the walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh cycling correspondent Keiron. He spotted this serene family of swans making their way up the canal. We had hardly a blink of that nice sunshine here today as it was another cloudy and cool day, but the rain in general held off until the late afternoon and eveningContinue reading “Walking the walk”

A weather lesson

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Richard, a distinguished former member of our Carlisle choir tenor section. He noticed two poplar hawk moths doing what they can to ensure the continuation of the species. We had a less confusing day today here as far as the weather went. It kept dry all day, thoughContinue reading “A weather lesson”

A mixed day

My brother Andrew doesn’t like to let the grass grow under his feet, but he found on his walk today that he couldn’t afford to hang about as the grass is growing pretty quickly. After a wet and windy night here, we woke up to find the sun out and the wind not as fierceContinue reading “A mixed day”

A mournful day

Today’s guest picture goes to show that you should never judge by appearances. My brother Andrew was offered a choice between a vegan sausage roll and this good looking scone. He naturally chose the scone but found when he became more closely acquainted with it, that it was very old and dry. The vegan sausageContinue reading “A mournful day”

Relative calm after the storm

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo, and shows her own rain gauge in Manitoba. It is all the more impressive because the five inches it recorded all fell in an hour and a half. Then they got another two inches overnight making seven inches in eight hours. That’s what I call real rain. TheContinue reading “Relative calm after the storm”

A sensible division

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s walk today. The sun was shining and appropriately enough, he found a farmer making hay. We had a fine day here from start to finish. It got a little too hot perhaps when the sun was high in the sky for our pale northern tastes, but weContinue reading “A sensible division”

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