Consecutive coffees

Today’s guest picture comes from South Africa where Langholm exile Tom photographed a welcome sign of spring, a nice bunch of clivias. We have many signs of autumn here but after yesterday’s chilly morning, we were back to more gentle temperatures today. It has generally been so mild overnight that the turning of the yearContinue reading “Consecutive coffees”

A short song cycle

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent, Paul. He thinks that this pretty pot rose of his has a very fitting name, “Alpine Sunset”. We did have a good sunset here today, but we had a very grey dawn and it rained while we were in church, so once again we got damp bottomsContinue reading “A short song cycle”

A day that slipped away

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She was able to enjoy the sunshine on the south coast of England today as she walked through some splendid municipal planting. By contrast, we had a dull grey day here, but as it was calm and reasonably warm (about 18°C at lunchtime), we were not complaining.Continue reading “A day that slipped away”

Picking the low hanging fruit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He went to Tamworth to go skiing in the SnowDome, but found it was closed for a private function. Ever one to turn a disappointment into an opportunity, he went to visit Tamworth Castle instead. We had another gloomy and grey day here today, and it wasContinue reading “Picking the low hanging fruit”

A gift from nature

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She is on holiday in Norfolk and was diverted through circumstances beyond her control from her original destination of Great Yarmouth, which is by the sea, to Swaffham, which is in the middle of nowhere. A consolation is the elegant tower on the church of St PeterContinue reading “A gift from nature”

Organ failure (and success)

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who found himself walking along the bank of the River Derwent yesterday. We had another dry but grey morning here today. It was rather gloomy at first . . . . . . but it was pleasant enough after breakfast as we cycled to church to singContinue reading “Organ failure (and success)”

Waiting

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who is still in Cornwall. She wondered if tourists were entirely welcome at Porthleven harbour. We had a curious day here in Langholm today. After a teaspoonful of overnight rain., it was grey, humid, still and warm. The whole day had the feel of the calmContinue reading “Waiting”

Busy doing nothing

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He was up at the crack of dawn today with his dogs to see a typical East Wemyss day in the making. On the other side of the country, we had a different picture when we got up (several hours later than Tony) with mist covered hillsContinue reading “Busy doing nothing”

In the doghouse

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She found a fine robin’s pin cushion on a wild rose when she was out walking today. It is a gall caused by the larvae of a tiny gall wasp, Dipoloepis rosae. We had another grey cool day today, but it was pleasant enough for a walkContinue reading “In the doghouse”

Suspense

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who, after his otter yesterday, met an European eagle owl today. It is very exciting living in East Wemyss. We had a calm and cloudy day here today, but we didn’t get wet when we cycled to church this week. We had an extremely select choir ofContinue reading “Suspense”