A whim

Today’s guest picture shows some interesting ladybirds spotted by Bruce at Nunnington Hall.  Honestly, they are interesting….and spotted,  Bruce tells me that they are Harlequin ladybirds,  Harmonia axyridis,  that are not native to Britain and are sometimes called the “Halloween ladybird” because of the time of the year they flock to the UK. Our briefContinue reading “A whim”

Two sons for the price of one

Today’s guest picture comes from my younger son Al, who visited the Enchanted Forest near Pitlochry with his family earlier this week.  They saw some wonders. As Mrs Tootlepedal is nearly but not quite back to 100% fitness, I went by myself to visit Edinburgh today. I started early and after waving goodbye to theContinue reading “Two sons for the price of one”

A short walk with a lot of bridges

Note:  This is an additional post to record a two and a half mile walk along the Water of Leith path yesterday (with a diversion at one point where the path was closed).  I have put it in entirely for my own interest and it can be easily ignored except by those who like bridges.Continue reading “A short walk with a lot of bridges”

There is such a thing as a free lunch

Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s recent visit to Hyde Park in glorious weather. We didn’t have any sun today but we didn’t have any rain either and it was a good deal warmer than it has been so we were duly grateful. I have to get up very early tomorrow morningContinue reading “There is such a thing as a free lunch”

A brief note

I am short of guest pictures and have had to fall back on another of the admittedly excellent pictures that my sister Mary took on her visit to the Lake District. I had an enjoyable but unremarkable day today. The weather remained good and it was a little cooler which was welcome. I went forContinue reading “A brief note”

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Today’s guest picture shows the church at Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire.  The picture was taken by my friend Bruce and was of special interest to him and his wife because her great- great-uncle was minister there from 1875 to 1909. I got up early again and put another week of the newspaper index intoContinue reading “The wheels on the bus go round and round”

Two outings

Today’s guest picture is another from a visit that my brother Andrew made to the River Dove.  ‘Rock Cottage’ is set into the cliff beside the river and manages to look like a rock and a cottage at the same time. We had another dry and breezy day here with the temperature struggling to getContinue reading “Two outings”

Completely over the top

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone.  He was on holiday in Malta last year and took this selfie against the backdrop of the famous ‘Azure Window’.    In the the papers today is the news that this natural arch has collapsed and a famous landmark has now gone for ever.  Dropscone remains standing. I had aContinue reading “Completely over the top”

Mostly sitting around

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s southern Odyssey.  He went about as far as he could go and found himself and Susan at Beach Head on a very misty day. We had another wonderfully sunny day today but this one was more in line with the way that things should be in January and wasContinue reading “Mostly sitting around”