Having a berry good time

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend and horticultural adviser Liz.  She went for a paddle on the Union Canal, and knowing that I like bridges, she sent me this. After two sunny day, we reverted to a grey and drizzly day again today.  It was an ideal morning for staying indoors so I didContinue reading “Having a berry good time”

To the hills, to the hills!

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who has been visiting the Lake District where she enjoyed one of Ruskin’s favourites, the view of Derwentwater from Friar’s Crag. After our spell of cool changeable weather, we got back to a hot summer day today and I hardly like to say this, but it wasContinue reading “To the hills, to the hills!”

The key to success

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  He gets up very early to walk his dogs before going to work and thus can take pictures like this with his phone. We had yet another day of intermittent showers, some very heavy and almost all quite short.  The shortest lasted about a minute but wasContinue reading “The key to success”

The name’s the same

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie.  A friend, a fellow allotmenteer, brought her round some dahlias from Annie’s plot.  They are doing a lot better than ours are. We had another unsettled and unsettling day.  It is difficult to have a plan of action when the weather (and the forecast) is so changeable.Continue reading “The name’s the same”

A pleasant surprise

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my sister Mary.  She went to the Haynes International Motor museum in Yeovil with her friend Venetia, and her eye was caught by this shiny Morris Oxford 6 saloon from 1930. I got up intending to have a quick breakfast and go cycling but like so manyContinue reading “A pleasant surprise”

A total tootle and pedal day

Today’s guest picture comes from Tom in South Africa and shows a fine collection of porcupine quills which he found when walking his dogs.  He was pleased that the original owner of the quills was not about as eager dogs and porcupines don’t mix well. Once again, with light winds and a pleasing but notContinue reading “A total tootle and pedal day”

Catching the moment

Today’s guest picture is another from the camera club visit to Beamish late last month.  Peter took this charming shot. There was heavy rain overnight but the garden seemed strangely dry when we went out for a look.  Some strong winds had done damage though, and Mrs Tootlepedal had a good deal of propping upContinue reading “Catching the moment”

A little bit of everything

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony’s Highland jaunt.  They went on a boat trip and saw eagles fishing.  He took this picture with his phone. We had a better day today.  I managed to get up and stay up and Mrs Tootlepedal’s cold was much improved. She had another very busy day inContinue reading “A little bit of everything”

A start

Today’s guest picture comes from my ex-work colleague Ada.  She is in Tours and in spite of seeing a goat and a pink elephant in the street, she assures me that she hardly touched a drop. The day started with some promise as far as the weather went.  There was sunshine as we cycled toContinue reading “A start”

Putting my foot in it

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  He came across this wonderful cave on one of his walks.  Thor’s Cave (also known as Thor’s House Cavern and Thyrsis’s Cave) is a natural cavern located at in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak in Staffordshire, I got up quite early for me but an early bird had got up even earlier. A partridge was outContinue reading “Putting my foot in it”