Welcome gloominess

On a dull day here, a cheerful guest picture was needed, so I have gone back to early December when Laura, my Lake Michigan correspondent, was at Weko Beach, Bridgman at the right time of day. For the first time for what seems like weeks, it wasn’t freezing when we got up. I stood outsideContinue reading “Welcome gloominess”

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”

An important gathering

Today’s guest picture comes from Mike and Alison’s recent trip to New Zealand to visit their son and his family.  Knowing that I like a bridge, Alison showed me this picture to prove that they have bridges in New Zealand too. I am pleased to have a little sunshine in the guest picture because thereContinue reading “An important gathering”

A stroll, a spin and a song

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who, in spite of some grey weather, went down to the south bank of the Thames yesterday and enjoyed the view. Here, our recent pattern of chilly mornings but dry days continued, although we didn’t get quite as much sun as we have had recently and asContinue reading “A stroll, a spin and a song”

Gentle therapy

Today’s guest picture comes from our friends Mike and Alison.  They are on holiday on the shore of Loch Feochan in Argyll and this is the view from their front window.  They have chosen a good week for their trip. We had a day of perfect weather here too, although there was still some winterContinue reading “Gentle therapy”

Just time for a stroll

Today’s guest picture comes from Jenni, my highland correspondent, and shows a flock of long tailed tits enjoying her peanuts.  They are beautiful little birds and we are very envious as we would like to see them in our garden. We had a generally sunny and cheerful day here today; cheerful that was as longContinue reading “Just time for a stroll”

Out and out

Today’s guest picture shows our son Tony’s dogs visiting the castle near his home in Fife.  I may have used this picture before (I can’t remember) but I have put it in regardless to remind myself that Mrs Tootlepedal and I stood in that exact spot last weekend. It was a day of mixed weatherContinue reading “Out and out”

The calm before the storm

Today’s guest picture is the last from Venetia’s trip to Madeira and shows a local flower.  It is an echium known as ‘The Pride of Madeira’.  As you can see, it is popular with the locals. The forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning is pretty gloomy with strong winds and rain predicted.  As I writeContinue reading “The calm before the storm”

Back up and running

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone.  He has been on holiday for a few days beside the sea in Lincolnshire.  He sent me this picture of definite cheating in the children’s sandcastle building competition. We were the victim of a meteorological prank today.  The weather got warmer as forecast but as it was blowing aContinue reading “Back up and running”

A window of opportunity

My sister Mary may have been walking in the Lake District but my brother Andrew has been drinking coffee in Bridlington.  Here is his view as he sipped. We woke up to another morning of glum weather, cold and windy and with as much rain as we could possibly want…. …if not a little more.Continue reading “A window of opportunity”