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”

Round the world in an hour and a half

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  On his way back from his Welsh outing, he visited Nantwich and had a cup of coffee in this wonderful building next to the Crown Hotel.  As everyone knows, the present Crown Hotel was built on the site of an earlier inn of the same name, destroyed inContinue reading “Round the world in an hour and a half”

Farewell to the soft fruit

Today’s guest picture finds my Somerset correspondent, Venetia on the Ovango River.  It looks like a good place to be. After yesterday’s gadding about all over the country, I planned for a quiet day at home today, starting with a cup of coffee with Sandy. There was a slight hiccup in the proposed placidity whenContinue reading “Farewell to the soft fruit”

Party time

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s recent walk along the canals of Birmingham. We kept our dry weather today but there was no sign of sunshine so the temperature was at a more natural level for the first of March. Following on the experience of the garden playing host to a partridge (thoughContinue reading “Party time”

Into the woods again

Today’s just picture comes from Mrs Tootlepedal’s brother, Mike.  He planted some daffodils to brighten the road verge opposite his house and is pleased that his work has born fruit.  Being 300 miles south of Langholm, his daffodils are already out. Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Carlisle after an early breakfast to help sort outContinue reading “Into the woods again”

The weather gods’ little joke

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Marianne, our son Tony’s partner.  It shows Tony getting some sausage making tips at the ‘Bowhouse Food Weekend’ in St Monans yesterday.  Marianne tells me that they intend to eat the sausages that he made.  They are very brave. After two days of miserable rain and wind,Continue reading “The weather gods’ little joke”

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”

April weather

There may be serious concern about the lack of insects in general but today’s guest picture from Venetia shows that there is no shortage of them just now in Somerset. We had a typical April day here today, breezy, cool and occasionally rainy but it was just warm enough to allow for gardening and theContinue reading “April weather”

Back up and running

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone.  He has been on holiday for a few days beside the sea in Lincolnshire.  He sent me this picture of definite cheating in the children’s sandcastle building competition. We were the victim of a meteorological prank today.  The weather got warmer as forecast but as it was blowing aContinue reading “Back up and running”

Here and gone

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s American adventure.  No prizes for guessing the name of this animal. We woke to an unexpected scene this morning…. …though it was only unexpected as it had arrived sooner than I was expecting. There wasn’t that much of a snowy scene though when I walked down to theContinue reading “Here and gone”