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)”

A late flash

Today’s guest picture is an owl spotted by Dropscone on his recent visit to Kent.  It was keeping an eye on things near a graveyard. We had another cold, grey and wet morning today with added icy patches so I was very happy to find things to do in the house.  The  ground is stillContinue reading “A late flash”

Feet on the ground

Today’s guest picture is another blast of Irene’s sunny South African sketches. We had a quietly grey day here today, dull but dry and calm.  It would have been another good day for a cycle ride and it has been annoying that probably the best two days for a bike ride that we are likelyContinue reading “Feet on the ground”

A river runs through it

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone and shows one of the greens on the golf course he was visiting last week in Spain.  Tough conditions out there. We had far from Spanish weather here today.  It had rained heavily over night and it was still raining heavily when we got up.  It continued to rainContinue reading “A river runs through it”

Sloe bicycling

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my son Tony.  He is the one on the hindmost of the two greys galloping along at the Lauder Common Riding. The photo was taken by ‘Lord Spencer-Taylor’, aka Robbie We were expecting guests in the early evening so the morning was spent making ready for theirContinue reading “Sloe bicycling”