Dry run

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s Spanish jaunt and shows the very impressive public library in Gijon.  They obviously take libraries seriously there. We had another rainy day today but by way of a change after yesterday’s drizzle, today we had several sharp showers with breaks in between, and even an occasional rayContinue reading “Dry run”

Rained in

Today’s appropriate guest picture comes from my brother Andrew, who came across this ‘brolly art’ on a visit to Banbury. Mrs Tootlepedal bought some sunflower seed this year which promised low growing multi stemmed flowers.  There was obviously a ringer in the packet though, as one plant is about nine foot high…. …and can onlyContinue reading “Rained in”

Cooking things up

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia, my Somerset correspondent, who visited Forde Abbey recently in the company of my sister Mary. It was a very changeable day today with constant rain showers interspersed with occasion brief dry spells and even the odd bit of sunshine.  The addition of a very brisk wind to the weatherContinue reading “Cooking things up”

Good weather, indifferent legs

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia, my Somerset correspondent.  She set herself up with this splendid view with the intention of enjoying the Red  Arrows display team as they flew towards her.   Unfortunately, owing to a failure of communication, they appeared from behind her and were past before she could get a good shot.  Still,Continue reading “Good weather, indifferent legs”

Slightly calmer

Today’s guest picture once again shows what our son Tony comes across when he walks his dogs at his new house. It was yet another miserably drizzly and windy morning when we got up but it was still comfortably warm in the garden.  I am afraid that I was one of those  purveyors of fakeContinue reading “Slightly calmer”

A poor effort

Today’s guest picture comes from my Highland correspondent Jenni.  She went even further north from Inverness for a cruise and found herself in Alaskan waters. We had an uncharacteristically dull day here both as far as the weather went and my level of activity.  Mrs Tootlepedal was up and at it early with a tripContinue reading “A poor effort”

A trio of trios

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba.  She really does have a scientific rain gauge and she was very pleased to find it had some rain in it, as they too have been suffering from a drought. We had a gentle spot or two of rain today but once again it was notContinue reading “A trio of trios”

A drop of golden sun (but just a drop)

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Bruce who encountered this elegant pedal powered equipage in Malton. The morning dawned, as is customary, with grey skies and a persistent drizzle which sometimes veered into downright rain. Under these circumstances, to linger over breakfast and the newspapers for long enough to slide imperceptibly into coffee andContinue reading “A drop of golden sun (but just a drop)”

A song cycle day

Today’s guest picture is volunteer Venetia’s current favourite exhibit at the Somerset Museum of Rural Life, a mechanical vacuum cleaner. I had a very traditional Sunday today, courtesy of the favourable weather.  If the weather is kind, I like to cycle along our main roads on a Sunday because they are largely lorry free andContinue reading “A song cycle day”

Mirror image

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie.  She is working hard in Zurich at the moment but found time to admire this trio of trees ageing differentially. Yesterday we had a sunny morning and a grey afternoon (and by the time that we went to bed, the inevitable rain had returned).  Today we hadContinue reading “Mirror image”