Delayed gratification

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He noticed this strange stuff on a recent walk with Mike Tinker who identified it as white jelly fungus. The delayed gratification of the title of today’s post is a misuse of the phrase. What was gratifying was that forecast rain was considerably delayed and this allowedContinue reading “Delayed gratification”

Dashing blades

Today’s guest picture is a second from Bruce’s walk yesterday. As well as donkeys, he saw the disused railway viaduct that links Scotland and England. The north wind persisted and we had another day of cool, dry weather, Mrs Tootlepedal was not discouraged and was out shifting concrete slabs soon after breakfast. She has movedContinue reading “Dashing blades”

One step back

Today’s guest picture, forwarded to me by Mike Tinker and taken by his daughter Liz, shows a delightful scene with cormorants at Linlithgow. I was a bit taken aback last night. After feeling that my back was definitely on the mend through the day, I got a bit of shock when I tried to lieContinue reading “One step back”

Getting a bit above myself

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She has been visiting The Newt again. Although my back is a lot better today and I got a good walk in, I am rather tired as a result of not sleeping very well over the past few nights, so this blog will be a bitContinue reading “Getting a bit above myself”

Free of charge

Today’s guest picture comes from my Canonbie friend Simon. He is back at work at outdoor sporting venues. He came across this fine crop of fungus on a Scottish golf course. We had another generally fine day today, although it inconsiderately started to rain just at the right time to spoil the chances of morningContinue reading “Free of charge”

Decidedly damp

Today’s guest picture comes from Gunta in Oregon, who kindly responded to a hinted need, and shows that they have some seriously destructive forestry practices there too….but on a bigger scale than ours. The impressive photo was taken by Eric with a drone. After yesterday’s brilliant sunshine, we got wall to wall cloud today, withContinue reading “Decidedly damp”

Two contrasting walks

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who visited the famous gardens at Kew and was very impressed by this statue. It leaves Mr Grumpy looking like a little ray of sunshine. We had a close run thing here with the temperature dropping to a single degree above freezing in the early morning. FortunatelyContinue reading “Two contrasting walks”

Over the hill (but not far away)

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who recently walked along the Erewash canal on a sunny day. We had a dry, cool and quite breezy day here today (although it started raining again in the evening) and this encouraged us to get out into the garden not long after breakfast. I set aboutContinue reading “Over the hill (but not far away)”

A little spice on a dull day

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia and shows a delightful door at Babbs Farm, near Highbridge, Somerset, the object of her latest National Gardens Scheme visit. As far as any day with Evie in the house can be dull, this was a dull day. This was not because of Evie, of course, but because ofContinue reading “A little spice on a dull day”

Mrs Tootlepedal cuts the mustard

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who was able not long ago to have a cup of coffee on the banks of the same canal along which my sister Mary recently walked….with added geese. We had a very tolerable day here with light winds, occasional sunshine and a temperature that made sitting outContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal cuts the mustard”

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