Test ride

Today’s guest picture is a triumph of patient gardening.  Mike and Alison Tinker have been tending a kowhai plant (a New Zealand native) for twelve years and this year it has finally flowered.  Alison took the picture and Mike sent it to me. I leapt out of bed, had breakfast, dashed on my cycling gear….andContinue reading “Test ride”

Back on the road again

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who took a trip to Greenwich Park and enjoyed the view on a sunny day. I started the day with a visit to Dropscone to return his hat and gloves which he had left behind after coffee yesterday and then pedalled on to the producers’ market inContinue reading “Back on the road again”

A toddle, a pedal and two tootles!

Today’s guest picture from son Tony in East Wemyss goes to prove that you can find grumpy herons all over the place. It was a beautiful morning with a delicate sunrise but it was chilly enough at 4°C after breakfast to keep me from getting my bike out.  Instead, I walked up to the townContinue reading “A toddle, a pedal and two tootles!”

Playing the game

Today’s guest picture comes from Matilda’s father, Al.  He took her, her mother and some of her Christmas guests to see the light show at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens where they entered the cathedral of light. There was not much light of any sort in Langholm this morning when I set out after breakfast forContinue reading “Playing the game”

A quick check

Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce’s Highland Tour.  As well as stunning scenery, he noticed this very curious gate. As it happens, Dropscone is exactly half a year older than me to the day so to celebrate my arrival at the same age as he is, he brought round some of his traditional treacle sconesContinue reading “A quick check”

A shorter trip

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who noticed Derby’s answer to the enchanted forest, a Disco Bridge.  This is St Mary’s Bridge and the ferryman is giving a foot passenger a piggy back lift across it. After the excitements of the last two days and excessive image numbers, things were a lot quieterContinue reading “A shorter trip”

Hail and farewell…and a song cycle

Today’s guest picture comes from ex work colleague Marjorie.  She was surprised to find a common murre or guillemot in the field behind her house last week far from its usual habitat.  Presumably it was blown there by the strong winds of storm Ali. Long time readers may remember New Zealand’s baby of the century,Continue reading “Hail and farewell…and a song cycle”

An early chill

Today’s guest picture shows a wonderful sunrise over the Forth captured by our older son Tony as he walked his dogs near his new house on the shore. We had a sunny day here but after a clear night, it was only 2°C when Mrs Tootlepedal got up and she was worried about the garden. Continue reading “An early chill”

Changeable weather

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba, or to be more precise, over Manitoba in her aeroplane from which she could see the effect of having a pivotal irrigation system. A variety of forecasters were offering a variety of forecasts today but they all involved rain at some time or other.  I decidedContinue reading “Changeable weather”

Brief notes

Today’s guest picture comes from Tom in South Africa and shows the calm before the storm. I managed to get up quite promptly and had time for a quick look round the garden after breakfast… …and then I  got going on my new bike before it got too hot (it was a mere 73°F whenContinue reading “Brief notes”