Sitting on the fence

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Simon. He took advantage of the fine weather yesterday to visit High Cup Nick in the northern English hills. I start today’s post with an apology regarding yesterday’s effort. After successfully publishing the full post, I managed in a moment of absent mindedness to post an update withContinue reading “Sitting on the fence”

Taking things easy

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found the lake in Markeaton Park in a very peaceful mood in the late afternoon while on a recent walk. We woke to a false dawn here. It was lovely when I looked over the roofs of Henry Street out of our back window. . .Continue reading “Taking things easy”

Far too many fallen trees

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He woke to find a sprinkling of snow on his balcony. This was a coincidence because we woke to snow here too . . . . . . and we had to walk very carefully to church to sing in the church choir. Although itContinue reading “Far too many fallen trees”

An uplifting start to the new month

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She looked down from above at the little village of Bentpath when she took to the hills on a recent walk. Our day here started with a real treat when I spotted the first brambling of the season in the garden. It is a winter visitor, andContinue reading “An uplifting start to the new month”

Up, up and away

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. While she was on a shopping trip, she passed this family of swans sitting quite happily a few metres away from a very busy road. After a series of warm but wet days, we finally awoke to a chillier but sunny morning today. It was veryContinue reading “Up, up and away”

More sound advice

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He had a lot better weather than we had yesterday when he went for his walk. We had another grey morning here today, with the occasional hint of drizzle, and we were very quiet for a while after breakfast, until we got out into the garden forContinue reading “More sound advice”

A night on the town

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She was in a local botanic garden and was surprised to find a plant full of snails. Our spell of fine weather came to an end this morning and Mrs Tootlepedal and our neighbour Liz went on a post breakfast cycle ride in a light drizzle. TheyContinue reading “A night on the town”

Caught out

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who saw this impressive looking boat sailing under the Forth Bridges when he was dropping his partner Marianne off at her work this morning. We had another day of brisk winds and variable weather here. When the sun was out, which it was from time to time,Continue reading “Caught out”

Bad decision

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz who encountered this large snail when out on her morning walk. She got away safely though. The forecast offered a still, dry and cool morning, followed by an afternoon of light rain. A sensible fellow would have been off on his bike while the going was good.Continue reading “Bad decision”

Making myself useful in the end

Today’s guest picture comes from Bill, a blog reader, who was pleased that we enjoyed his creative poppy plantation on our recent walk. Nature got a helping hand! He has sent me this picture of a ceanothus which rivals the cotoneaster as a bee magnet. Our spell of dry, warm and sunny weather continued today,Continue reading “Making myself useful in the end”