A pedal and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Libbie, who is visiting Perthshire. Knowing that I like trees, she sent me this picture of the Fortingall Yew, known for being one of the oldest trees in Britain, with modern estimates of its age being between 2,000 and 3,000 years. We had a day of variable weatherContinue reading “A pedal and a tootle”

Washed out

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He caught a shadowy glimpse of a heron taking off from his local loch. We had a grey, cool and calm morning here today, and in a perfect world, I would have been up early, off on my bike for twenty miles, and back inContinue reading “Washed out”

Going the extra mile

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline who woke to an unusually coloured dawn over Portsmouth today. Shepherds were quaking in their boots. We woke to a miserably grey morning here, and the day showed admirable consistency in remaining miserably grey all day. I was happy to do some work for the Langholm ArchiveContinue reading “Going the extra mile”

Clouded vision

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He spotted a beautiful rose planted by site managers to improve the amenity of his local area. We actually had some rain last night. Hooray. But as it only amounted to 2cm, and it had dried up before we got up, it didn’t help a great deal.Continue reading “Clouded vision”

Hot stuff

Today’s guest pictures come from both our sons. Tony’s peas are looking good, and Al is kindly sharing his leaves with the locals. Summer continued in Langholm today. We could almost get used to this. Mrs Tootlepedal went out into the garden after breakfast and called me out to look at the clouds. They wereContinue reading “Hot stuff”

Cloudy vision

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who found some flying birds indoors. She met these bronze choughs while having coffee at Kings Place in London. We had another cool day here, with occasional sunshine and occasional rain, very much in the style that we have become accustomed to recently. In response to aContinue reading “Cloudy vision”

An adventure

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a really lovely patch of bluebells on his walk today. We had anther chilly night here which only just stayed above freezing, and it stayed pretty cold in the morning. The forecast suggested changeable weather all day but offered a dry spell after breakfast forContinue reading “An adventure”

At least it didn’t snow

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who noticed an unusual spectator when she went to play tennis. After what we hope was the last of a series of sub zero nights, (25°F -4°C), we had a day that was still pretty cold in spite of talk of rising temperatures. It was just warmContinue reading “At least it didn’t snow”

A brown study

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline who came across this sturdy building on a walk beside the sea at Portsmouth. We had another frosty night here, but as it was followed by a fine sunny day with calmer winds, we were reasonable happy. The gang of blackbirds was back, considering a lump ofContinue reading “A brown study”

A crowded day

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who found that his local river, the Derwent, had got a bit too enthusiastic yesterday. The first picture in the post today looks a little out of place, but honestly, it was nearly today when I took it when I went to bed last night. I lookedContinue reading “A crowded day”