A welcome forecasting error

Today’s guest picture shows a very nice bridge that my sister Mary met in the Lake District last week.  You can see Lancrigg Hotel in the background.  She tells me that Wordsworth used to sit and write poetry there. After our brief burst of unseasonably warm and sunny weather, we were promised a day of continualContinue reading “A welcome forecasting error”

A little blue

Today’s guest picture shows the railway station from which my brother began his walk up Snowdon earlier this month.  The mountain is in the background. We had a traditional Sunday today.  Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing with the church choir and I prepared a beef stew for the slow cooker. She came back fromContinue reading “A little blue”

One in the eye for me

Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s visit to the Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park last week. Our welcome spell of dry and often sunny weather continued today, although once again it came with enough added wind to make my morning pedal down to Canonbie and back quite hard work on the returnContinue reading “One in the eye for me”

Round and about

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who paid a visit to Chatsworth.  Mrs Tootlepedal is thinking of having something similar in our front garden. I was on the go from morning till night today but largely at a gentle speed  suitable to a man of my age.  It started with a 20 mileContinue reading “Round and about”

The road less travelled

Today’s guest picture comes courtesy of our younger son and shows Matilda, the world’s greatest toddler, greeting her many fans. We were greeted by a glorious morning here and while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir, I took the opportunity to finish shifting the compost from Bin C into Bin D.Continue reading “The road less travelled”

A big surprise

Today’s guest picture is another from my daughter Annie and shows two of her friends deep in conversation in her Brixton garden. This weekend the Muckletoon* Adventure Festival is in full swing with a cycle hill climb yesterday, mountain bike rides, guided walks and trail running today and 30, 60 and 90 mile cycle sportivesContinue reading “A big surprise”

Midsummer but not as we know it.

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Mike Tinker and shows Cable Bay NZ – where the first telegraph cable came across the Tasman Sea from Tasmania in 1876.   He is on holiday in Wales now but this was taken on his visit to NZ in April.We had another unseasonably grey, chilly and sometimesContinue reading “Midsummer but not as we know it.”

A farewell meal

Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s Lake District trip and shows the path to Easedale Tarn. If only I could have persuaded myself to get up at 6 o’clock when I opened my eyes to see strong sunshine outside, I would have been able to make the best of the day.  AsContinue reading “A farewell meal”

Further incursions

Today’s guest picture, a lovely study of the Lake District, comes from my sister Mary who was on holiday there last week. Yesterday’s sunny and warm day turned out to have been yet another false start on the long march towards summer and we were back to grey, windy and far from warm conditions today. Continue reading “Further incursions”

Making an effort

Today’s guest picture shows the wonderful “Trees” in the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.  It was taken by Mike Tinker on his way home from NZ. We had a very welcome day with lots of sun and no rain.  It even felt pleasantly warm if you could get out of the wind.  The down side,Continue reading “Making an effort”