Chalk and cheese

Today’s guest picture comes from my youngest sister Caroline. She lives on the south coast of England and found a lovely day recently to look across the sea to the Isle of Wight. (As far as today’s title goes, I don’t know why chalk and cheese are considered to be so different that they appearContinue reading “Chalk and cheese”

Enjoying the sunshine

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who acquired it from a blogging friend. It shows a notice at an RSPB site which conveys a feeling that I am sure we all recognise from time to time. Mrs Tootlepedal and I definitely went the right way this morning. The temperature was just above freezing,Continue reading “Enjoying the sunshine”

Work and a walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She found another impressive gate on a visit to Montacute House, which she describes as one of the most exquisite Renaissance buildings in the land. The forecast for the day had not been good but by the time that we had finished breakfast, it looked asContinue reading “Work and a walk”

A good block

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who did some bird spotting in the centre of Derby today. It was another pretty dreich day here when we got up, and it wasn’t a great surprise considering some more overnight rain, that I found Mary Jo’s rain gauge pretty well full to the brim whenContinue reading “A good block”

Slow cycling, slow cooking

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She came across this well decorated gate on a recent walk near her home. The day started off looking a bit grey, but it didn’t take long for the promised sun to appear. When it arrived, I got changed for cycling and Mrs Tootlepedal goodly stayedContinue reading “Slow cycling, slow cooking”

Another sock trial

Today’s guest picture comes from Canonbie friend Simon. He took to the northern English fells yesterday and came across this handsome beck near High Cup Nick. Simon was lucky that he went on his walk yesterday because there was a change in the weather today and the hills and towns in our area were coveredContinue reading “Another sock trial”

A missed mist opportunity

It was a ‘mist in the valley’ morning here and I should have been up on the hill. Others were more active and for today’s guest picture, keen hill walker Tessa sent me this fine Brocken Spectre which she met in the mist today. You can see why some people might have religious visions. WhenContinue reading “A missed mist opportunity”

One to go

Today’s guest picture from our son Tony shows an East Wemyss stairway. Not the ‘stairway to heaven’ but the next best thing. We had a grey but dry day today and with the temperature well above freezing, it seemed like a good day for both a bicycle ride and putting another slab in place inContinue reading “One to go”

Winter draws on

Today’s guest picture shows that Tony’s dog likes his East Wemyss sunsets as much as Laura likes her Lake Michigan ones. Although my posts usually take the form of a daily diary, I am starting this post with something that didn’t happen today and which I didn’t see. Our friend Gavin send me some picturesContinue reading “Winter draws on”

A welcome break

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He visited a local park today and found a popular bridge. I checked the rain gauge after breakfast and saw that it was registering two inches of rain from the past two days. This total was added to today as we had another day of wet andContinue reading “A welcome break”