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”

All hail

Today’s guest picture comes from our younger son, Al.  He came across this intriguing fungus outburst while on safari in darkest Leith. We had another dry and occasionally sunny morning but once again it was freezing at the start of the day.  As a result, the morning was spent killing time while waiting for theContinue reading “All hail”

Steady work

Today’s guest picture shows the Traitor’s Gate at the Tower of London.  My sister Mary took the picture while going down the river by boat for a second visit to Greenwich earlier this month. After yesterday’s picture  totally white font lawn, today was a different kettle of fish altogether. It was the kindest of winterContinue reading “Steady work”

A fond farewell

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s visit to Manchester recently.  He found this wonderful 1941 railway bridge across the ship canal there.  It is confined to walkers and cyclists these days, he tells me. After a wet and windy night, we had another rather grey morning today, made greyer by the fact thatContinue reading “A fond farewell”

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”

The wonderful world of water

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my son Tony.  Being the proud owner of a tradesman’s van himself, he was amused by this inscription on the back of an Edinburgh ambulance. It was a day of strong winds and continuous rain so I was happy to invite Sandy round for a cup ofContinue reading “The wonderful world of water”

A pedal, a waddle and a tootle

Today’s picture shows Alistair’s eagle in  a less threatening posture.  It does show how clever the jointing is on the model. The weather turned out to be very nice today in spite of a not very promising forecast and in the absence of Dropscone on golfing business, I got myself up and organised and pedalledContinue reading “A pedal, a waddle and a tootle”