Not a dull moment

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s tour of Norfolk. He took this fine picture at Blickling House yesterday. After the rather gloomy weather here yesterday, we got a much better day today, less windy in the morning and much sunnier. The day was made sunnier still when first Dropscone and then Margaret arrivedContinue reading “Not a dull moment”

Toured out

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia’s trip to Cornwall. The picture shows the Burma Bridge in the Lost Gardens of Heligan. I had grand plans for a long cycle ride today as the weather was forecast to be cool with light winds. However, I was very tired when I woke up, andContinue reading “Toured out”

Two social cycles

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent Mary Jo. They do things on a large scale in Canada, and her picture shows guests at a fly-in pancake breakfast that her husband organized at his flying club. They fed 260 people. She tells me that the alarming sky wasn’t as bad as it looks, andContinue reading “Two social cycles”

Business and pleasure

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone. He has been acting in an official capacity at an international junior golf tournament on the east coast. He got some fine weather for his duties. I had a rather dull time today on Archive Group business, making three trips up to the High Street to see people. OnContinue reading “Business and pleasure”

Turning over an old leaf

Today’s guest picture comes from our younger son Alistair. He only has a small garden but it was full of blossom last week. I would like to start today’s post with a picture of the amazing flowers which our son Tony sent to Mrs Tootlepedal to celebrate Mothering Sunday. They are real flowers, though MrsContinue reading “Turning over an old leaf”

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”