Foot and mouth or parking and parkin

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  With all that dog walking going on, the household wellies need somewhere to have a good rest when they get home. Our wintery weather continued with the temperature in low single figures all day.  We had been threatened with snow but got occasional sunny spells interrupted byContinue reading “Foot and mouth or parking and parkin”

Spirits and mist lifted

Today’s guest picture shows a Nottingham Inn dating from 1493 which my brother Andrew passed on his way to the university there. It was calm and dry when I got up but it wasn’t warm.  John in the shop called it ‘fresh’ and my neighbour Liz called it ‘snell’ and at a miserly 6°C whenContinue reading “Spirits and mist lifted”

Two trips

Today’s guest picture is a swan which was spotted by my Somerset correspondent, Venetia while on a walk.  She notes that the magnifying effect of the water gives it enormous feet. My day started not with swans but geese, as a large skein flew over the garden just after breakfast with a lot of honkingContinue reading “Two trips”

That’s more like it

Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce, who by coincidence passed me when I was out cycling this afternoon.  He had visited a distillery on his recent highland tour and was wondering whether he had imagined the rainbow when he came out but his wife confirmed that it really was there. There was no chance ofContinue reading “That’s more like it”

Three score and seven

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone who has been in Glasgow getting a knee checked out.  He took the opportunity to sample the Glasgow underground train service, popularly known as the ‘Clockwork Orange’. We woke to a beautiful sunny morning today but the late September downside was in evidence in the form of a layerContinue reading “Three score and seven”

An early chill

Today’s guest picture shows a wonderful sunrise over the Forth captured by our older son Tony as he walked his dogs near his new house on the shore. We had a sunny day here but after a clear night, it was only 2°C when Mrs Tootlepedal got up and she was worried about the garden. Continue reading “An early chill”

The calm after the storm

Today’s guest picture comes from my ex colleague Marjorie who is on holiday in Yorkshire.  It shows a pub at Robin Hood’s bay than which you can go no further. Ophelia passed up by in the night, huffing and puffing but not blowing the house down….or anything else much. There wasn’t even a lot ofContinue reading “The calm after the storm”

Getting the goods in Carlisle

The weather was very good yesterday so my sister Mary went down the Thames and paid another visit to Greenwich.  Today’s guest picture shows her view of the planetarium there. It was a miserable wet and colourless day here as our mini spell of good new year weather ran into the buffers.   It was hardlyContinue reading “Getting the goods in Carlisle”

Making the most of it

The guest picture of the day is a fine crab apple tree, her pride and joy, sent to me by my Somerset correspondent Venetia.   I can see why she likes it. By all accounts, today is to be the last of our recent sunny spell with the temperature set to drop, the wind to riseContinue reading “Making the most of it”

Step two

Today’s guest picture is another one of Regent’s Park on a glorious day early in this month.  It was taken by my sister Mary when she was either on her way to or back from a game of tennis there. We had a bright but slightly hazy day for my second trip to Dumfries InfirmaryContinue reading “Step two”