A toddle, a pedal and two tootles!

Today’s guest picture from son Tony in East Wemyss goes to prove that you can find grumpy herons all over the place. It was a beautiful morning with a delicate sunrise but it was chilly enough at 4°C after breakfast to keep me from getting my bike out.  Instead, I walked up to the townContinue reading “A toddle, a pedal and two tootles!”

Not a snap happy day

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie who made a recent visit to Macao for work purposes.  She enjoyed the gently understated facade of this hotel there. It was a ‘depths of winter’ day today although it was actually quite warm.  The temperature was no real advantage however as it rained all day andContinue reading “Not a snap happy day”

Cold comfort

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who was out and about and saw skaters on the temporary ice rink at Somerset House.  It always looks a rather staid way of having fun to me. We had a second sunny day today but the weather gods had another trick up their sleeve and keptContinue reading “Cold comfort”

Plenty of sound but not much light

Today’s guest picture is another from our son Tony’s walk with his dog.  He needed full colour to record this parakeet. We woke up to a bright and frosty morning and I had to scrape ice off the car windscreen before I could drive south for another singing lesson with Mary, our Langholm choir conductor. Continue reading “Plenty of sound but not much light”

A voyage of discovery

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  He visited Ashby de la Zouch  in Leicestershire and admired the castle there.  It reminded him of our prime ministe.  Like her, it is rather battered but still standing. In a complete reversal of the normal order of things, Dropscone arrived for coffee this morning but didn’tContinue reading “A voyage of discovery”

Metaphorically interesting, but literally a dull day

The guest picture of the day comes from my sister Mary.  She has been recovering from a hip operation and hasn’t been able to get about taking pictures lately so she kindly sent me this picture of Darwin’s house in Kent which she visited in August. I had a pleasantly busy day today, with plentyContinue reading “Metaphorically interesting, but literally a dull day”

Being sensible

As well as looking for fossils, my Newcastle correspondent Fiona likes to take her family to interesting places and today’s guest picture shows the ruins of Finchdale Priory which she visited with them a week or two ago. We had a warm and calm day today, ideal for cycling.  Hmmm.  I didn’t even have companyContinue reading “Being sensible”

Opening move

Today’s guest picture comes from Fiona, my Newcastle correspondent.  She has been walking on Cocklawburn beach where the sharp eyed may spy very small fossils. We had another bright and sunny day here today but out of the sun, it was pretty chilly with the thermometer below zero when we woke up and staying firmlyContinue reading “Opening move”

No pedal but at least a tootle or two

My Somerset correspondent, Venetia was intrigued by this curious statue in Marseille on her recent visit. The weather gods are rolling on the floor laughing at their own tremendous wit as they provided yet another 100% sunny day while I am still basically confined to barracks.  My leg is steadily progressing but not enough toContinue reading “No pedal but at least a tootle or two”

Another eponymous day

Today’s guest picture comes from our friends Mike and Alison who are on holiday in Wales.  It is a picture of a small church near Hundred House.  It has, as Mike points out, big bells and sunshine. I was doubly surprised this morning as the forecast had talked of strong winds and rain in Scotland. Continue reading “Another eponymous day”