A productive visit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He enjoyed some perfect weather on a group walk beside the River Dove today. We enjoyed a sunny day here too. This was a good thing, as it was the day of the Langholm Agricultural Show on the Castleholm, an event all too often plagued by equinoctialContinue reading “A productive visit”

The treacle mine is working again

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone. He was in Eyemouth on the east coast to attend a BGA golf competition recently, and he found time to visit the harbour. Dropscone also found time today to make some treacle scones to bring round with him when he came for coffee this morning. His daughter has hadContinue reading “The treacle mine is working again”

Into every life a little rain must fall

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. On his way from East Wemyss to West Wemyss today, he took in this charming view. We woke up here to find that a little rain had indeed fallen into our life, but sadly it was just a very little rain. It had dampened the surface ofContinue reading “Into every life a little rain must fall”

Twenty seconds of sunshine

Today’s guest picture is another from our friend Gavin’s tour of the outer isles. It shows a lapwing and a chick. It was Friday 13th today so we were braced for bad luck. In the end, it was only the weather that gave us a bad time. It was gloomy, windy and occasionally wet. IContinue reading “Twenty seconds of sunshine”

Grateful for a push

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He is pleased that this handsome bridge in Derby, which he uses a lot, has won an award for good design. We had another generally sunny day here, but the brisk wind made it feel a little chillier than it should have been. Mrs Tootlepedal was busyContinue reading “Grateful for a push”

Diagonal

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She visited Hestercombe Gardens, near Taunton, and has kindly sent me photographs of a selection of doors and openings. This is one of them. Others may follow. We had another grey day here to go with the very sombre international news, and the continuing indisposition ofContinue reading “Diagonal”

A well timed walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He went for a walk yesterday with his son, and they found that their way was blocked by an overflowing River Derwent. We had a rainy night here, and it morphed into a rainy day. The church choir is not active at the moment, and as aContinue reading “A well timed walk”

Four bridges and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was visiting the village of Melbourne today, and enjoyed its old world atmosphere (though he wouldn’t like to live there). We had a grey and windy day here today. It was very windy at times, but not windy enough to do any noticeable damage. I cycledContinue reading “Four bridges and a tootle”

Deferred gratification

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lake Michigan correspondent Laura, the daughter of my friend Sandy’s cousin. She visited Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph and found these fine icy structures on the beach grasses. We were far from that sort of frost here this morning at 3°C, but sadly it was in every other respectContinue reading “Deferred gratification”

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”