Puffed out

Today’s guest picture comes from the world’s greatest baby’s other grandfather.  Matilda is requesting some more demanding mental arithmetic and her mother is trying to think of a suitable question. I didn’t have to think what to do today as it was perfect for cycling and I had nothing on my calendar to do instead. Continue reading “Puffed out”

Velosong

Today’s guest picture shows the world’s greatest baby looking amazed at what fun it is to have an aunt to bounce on. I took advantage of a perfect cycling day to nip out for an out and back 50km pedal I (I think that sounds more impressive than a 32 mile pedal) while Mrs TootlepedalContinue reading “Velosong”

Peaking

Today’s guest picture was taken by my brother recently when walking part way along the Ruapehu round-the-mountain trail in NZ.  They are obliviously very keen on board walks there. My day today, like all Gaul in the time of Julius Caesar, was divided into three parts.  The morning was spent cycling, the afternoon, recovering fromContinue reading “Peaking”

A visit to Annan

Today’s guest picture of a magnolia in bloom, taken in NZ where my brother has just been skiing, shows that spring is round the corner there at the same time.  This was sent to me by Jennie, who lives in the north of the South Island. We are headed in the opposite direction meteorologically fromContinue reading “A visit to Annan”

Getting a hiding

Today’s guest picture was taken by my brother on his recent skiing trip.  It was sent to me by my sister Susan because it shows Mt Taranki in NZ under whose imposing slopes she lived for several years. Our unusual spell of dry September weather (the driest for fifty years they say) continued today andContinue reading “Getting a hiding”

Poetry and motion

Today’ guest picture comes from another stroll along the Regent’s Canal in London by my sister Mary. Langholm was the birthplace of the Scottish poet Hugh McDiarmid and some enterprising local people had organised a walk today with stops at appropriate spots around the town where readings of his poetry took place.  It started atContinue reading “Poetry and motion”

Goodbye to Jean

The guest picture of the day is some splendid fungus in the garden of Zyriacus, my German correspondent.  He tells me that various pressures are turning his lovingly tended garden into a nature reserve. The main business of the day was attending our friend Jean’s funeral.  The service was held in the garden of herContinue reading “Goodbye to Jean”

Hanging around

Today’s guest picture comes from the phone of Dropscone’s eldest son, young Dropscone.  He has been here on holiday and was out on one of our hills recently when this Hercules flew past at head height. Another calm, clear and slightly chilly morning saw me out on the bike again today.  I found it hardContinue reading “Hanging around”

Exultation

Today’s guest picture shows a Vulcan bomber, a relic of the cold war, flying over the Ayr air show.  It was taken by Bruce who kindly sent it to me.  We used to see these flying over our heads when we were very young, a visible manifestation of the possible end of the world. ItContinue reading “Exultation”

Fort provoking

Today’s guest picture comes from the camera of Mrs Tootlepedal and shows that Matilda, as well as being the world’s greatest baby, has tremendous colour sense. My day started in helter skelter mode as both the Scott, the minister, and Dropscone appeared for the morning pedal.  It proved hard for the peleton to keep togetherContinue reading “Fort provoking”