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”

A mean wind

Today’s guest picture comes from Stephen, my sister Susan’s friend.  He used to live  in New Zealand but has moved to Sydney in Australia where he sees a lot of ibis on his way to the gym. We had another dry day here but there was a cold wind blowing which made it feel farContinue reading “A mean wind”

Taking the cake

Today’s guest picture is another antidote to gloom and comes from my sister Mary’s visit to Bath last month. After breakfast, I took it easy in an attempt to recover from all the jollifications of my birthday while Mrs Tootlepedal drove off to Longtown to get her eyes tested. She was very fortunate to getContinue reading “Taking the cake”

Back in the old routine

Today’s guest picture comes from my neighbour Liz.  She enjoyed this misty view on one of her morning walks recently. There were no views at all when we woke up this morning, as the hills were shrouded in clouds and a fine drizzle was falling.  Luckily I had a stint in the Welcome to LangholmContinue reading “Back in the old routine”

A slow day

Today’s guest picture was taken by my friend Bruce, who was on a trip to the east of the country. He had climbed all of the 132 steps up a dark, narrow, spiral staircase to get to the top of the  the Garleton Monument  and was rewarded by this splendid view of the country stretchingContinue reading “A slow day”

A ray of metaphorical sunshine

Today’s guest picture comes from my son Alistair and shows what Attila the Gardener can do when she visits her granddaughter with a pair of shears in her handbag. We had another grey and generally rainy morning today and I was happy to stay inside and prepare a lamb stew for the slow cooker whileContinue reading “A ray of metaphorical sunshine”

Rolling along

Today’s guest picture comes from the Birmingham flower show that Mrs Tootlepedal and our daughter attended on Saturday.  It doesn’t show any flowers though.  Annie took this fine picture of the travelator which conveyed them into the NEC and, I think you will agree, it is just as fine to look at as a bunchContinue reading “Rolling along”

Sprung

Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle correspondent Fiona.  Her father is currently gadding about in California but she thinks that there is just as much fun to be had on Tynemouth Sands and who could disagree. We woke to a perfect March morning.  The sun was out, the sky was blue, the frogs wereContinue reading “Sprung”

Blow, blow thou winter wind

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  After a break to recover from illness, he is back walking in the Peak District and this picture shows the Manifold river at Ilam. The forecast offered a grey, windy and dry day and was correct in every respect.  The dryness was the chief attraction for  meContinue reading “Blow, blow thou winter wind”