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”

Walk on

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  He was walking his dogs when he came upon this artful construction on the beach. Our spell of sunny weather continued today, together with a gusty and cool wind from the east.  It got a lot warmer in the afternoon though. The day started with the crosswordContinue reading “Walk on”

Dennis comes before Dennis

The guest picture of the day comes from Dropscone’s pre-Brexit visit to Amsterdam.  He felt that I didn’t have enough pigeons on my recent blogs. We are awaiting the arrival of storm Dennis.  In the meantime, Dropscone came for coffee this morning.  Local readers will be well aware that Dropscone’s Sunday name is also Dennis,Continue reading “Dennis comes before Dennis”

Festive fare shoogling

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia.  I have seen many murmurations of starlings before but I have never seen one where the starlings murmured in the actual shape of a starling.   She was on the Somerset levels when she took this amazing picture. We had another morning of family fun with MatildaContinue reading “Festive fare shoogling”

Organ failure

Today’s guest picture is another from Tony on a walk in East Wemyss, the land of eternal sunshine. Our weather got warmer today but there was not a hint of sunshine here as Mrs Tootlepedal and I cycled to church to hear our potential new minister preach a sermon before the congregation voted on whetherContinue reading “Organ failure”

More going round in circles

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend and former colleague, Marjorie.  She came upon these stunning fungi on a walk a few days ago. It was a dry but grey morning and the forecast was not too bad for the rest of the day so my mind turned to cycling. Before I set off, IContinue reading “More going round in circles”

Scones and songs brighten the day

Today’s guest picture is another from our friend Bruce’s Highland tour.  It shows McCaig’s Tower in Oban, a prominent granite folly overlooking the town. It was a rotten day here, rainy, cold and with gusty winds.  It was hard to see the birds at the feeder… …but much easier to see Dropscone coming round withContinue reading “Scones and songs brighten the day”

Putting on weight again

Today’s guest picture is another blast of sunshine from the past.  This time it is a pleasant valley scene from one of my brother Andrew’s Derbyshire walks in early October. After a rather restless night, I got up to a sunny morning and a much improved interior economy and after a quiet morning, I wasContinue reading “Putting on weight again”

Down came the rain (in the end)

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother who walked though five villages the other day and looked at one of them across a valley. This is Holbrook seen from Horsley. I was expecting a wet day today but after some heavy rain overnight, it was quite dry and calm in the morning and Dropscone wasContinue reading “Down came the rain (in the end)”

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