Less sun, more light

Today’s guest picture shows the River Derwent in Derby in full flow after the visit of Imogen.  It was taken by my brother who lives in Derby. We had a day without any hint of sunshine today but curiously, it was much brighter for the most part than yesterday had been.  This was not justContinue reading “Less sun, more light”

Staying at home

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my brother-in-law Mike and shows his granddaughter Lara putting in the last pieces of an enormous jigsaw puzzle. Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Edinburgh to see our granddaughter Matilda today but I stayed at home.  As soon as she had left to catch the train at Lockerbie,Continue reading “Staying at home”

A step back

Today’s guest picture, which comes from my Newcastle correspondent, shows her two children sitting on top of an old coal mine at Weetslade.  She tells me that you can enjoy nature here while watching planes landing and taking off and trains speeding by at the same time.  Paradise. After yesterday’s optimism, I was back toContinue reading “A step back”

With a song and a smile

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother Andrew’s travels near Leicester.  I think that he must have been standing in the middle of the canal when he took it. It was a bright sunny morning and a little above freezing when I got up.  I had to walk up to the health centre forContinue reading “With a song and a smile”

Improvement: a pedal and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from Sue, a member of our recorder group and sour dough enthusiast, who spent a few days in Amsterdam recently. It had rained overnight here and it was very grey when we got up but surprisingly, it was relatively warm (6.5°) so I was happy to give a bit of cyclingContinue reading “Improvement: a pedal and a tootle”

Back in the groove

Today’s picture shows a garden in a single flower. Although the sunflowers haven’t turned their faces the way the Mrs Tootlepedal hoped, they are flourishing and proving to be a magnet for the local bee population. We were a bit tired after our trip to London but we managed to sleep well once back inContinue reading “Back in the groove”

Back on an even keel

Today’s picture shows Marlow Lock on the Thames and was taken by Mrs Tootlepedal on her phone with a slightly smudged lens. Figures released today show that we had 35%  more rain here than our yearly average in 2012.  Considering that we had two pretty well rainless months in spring, it says a lot forContinue reading “Back on an even keel”

Signs of slow improvement

Today’s picture from my sister Mary’s recent walk shows the Shard dominating the London skyline when viewed from Hampstead Hill. It was another dull day both physically and spiritually as the sun didn’t come out and my cold wouldn’t go away.  Dropscone sneaked round the morning run behind my back but at least arrived toContinue reading “Signs of slow improvement”

The calm before the storm

Today’s picture from my siblings’ trip to Wales last month shows a sharp ridge on Snowdon which my brother was walking along.  Rather him than me. We are promised two or three days of wet, windy weather from tomorrow but today was great from start to finish.  I would have gone cycling straight after breakfastContinue reading “The calm before the storm”

A day of good things

Today’s picture, sent to me by my sister Susan shows a very rural looking bus stop which is in fact in the middle of London. The planets stood still in their course this morning, as Dropscone appeared for the morning pedal.  The reason?  We went on a different route.  Yesterday’s ride along roads coated withContinue reading “A day of good things”