Watered down

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She didn’t have to go far to find this cheerful pieris as it is at her own front gate. We are in no rush to go anywhere or do anything these days, so I had my usual morning routine of a leisurely breakfast followed by a closeContinue reading “Watered down”

Welcome visitors

Today’s guest picture(s) shows the wonderful flowers organised by Valeria, Joe’s sister-in-law, for Joe and Annie’s recent ceremony ….. ….some of which turned out to be entirely edible, pot and all.  There were made by the Botanical Baker. We had another fine day here and we are in danger of getting so used to goodContinue reading “Welcome visitors”

The calm before the storm

Today’s guest picture is the last from Venetia’s trip to Madeira and shows a local flower.  It is an echium known as ‘The Pride of Madeira’.  As you can see, it is popular with the locals. The forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning is pretty gloomy with strong winds and rain predicted.  As I writeContinue reading “The calm before the storm”

Binned

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary, who saw this copy of the Lamazzu – a winged deity looted from the Iraq Museum – made of empty date syrup cans, on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. Our weather descended from the recent summer heights to slightly below the seasonal average, the feeling ofContinue reading “Binned”

Impaled upon the horns of a dilemma

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who has been enjoying café society in the sunshine on the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park. In a surprise but very welcome move, Mrs Tootlepedal invited me out to lunch today.  The Buccleuch Centre, where she often helps out, is having an Italian week and she thoughtContinue reading “Impaled upon the horns of a dilemma”

Getting my goat

Today’s guest picture comes from my neighbour Gavin, who is on a trip to see family in the USA.  They have been been visiting Yosemite. There was some every nice sunny weather when we got up but the wind soon got up too and if you weren’t in the sun, it was decidedly cool. Being Sunday, MrsContinue reading “Getting my goat”

A bit of this and a bit of that

Today’s guest picture shows a cheerfully departed couple whom my brother Andrew met in York Minster earlier this month. Our very good spell of weather continued today and this meant that the steady supply of plums ripening on the tree continues.  I try to pick them just before they become fully ripe so that theyContinue reading “A bit of this and a bit of that”

Nothing much doing

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother.  He has got back from Belgium and us visiting Hartlepool with my oldest sister.  They went to see the transporter bridge at Middlesborough and for the price of 60p each way, they crossed over and back. We had a nearly perfect summer day today, with sensible temperatures evenContinue reading “Nothing much doing”

Down in the mouth

Today’s guest picture shows Kenwood positively glowing in the morning sunshine.  My sister Mary visited it for a breakfast in their excellent cafe today. We came to the end of our bright wintery spell today, although we kept the wintery part of it, as it was one of those mean days which feel much colderContinue reading “Down in the mouth”

A goodbye, a welcome back and a concert

Today’s guest picture shows Argentat on the Dordogne which was visited by Venetia during her recent French holiday. After a good breakfast, we said goodbye to Granny as she went off to the deep south with Mike and Frankie.  She had been the perfect guest and we were sad to see her go. Shortly afterContinue reading “A goodbye, a welcome back and a concert”