Ready to go

Today’s guest picture shows two very interesting bricks from Scottish brickworks. The brickworks were proud enough of their bricks to put their name on every one they made. Our son Tony came upon them in the course of his work. Today was passed in a state of suspended animation.  It was another nice day (althoughContinue reading “Ready to go”

A certain familiarity

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia.  A wood pigeon has made a nest in her hornbeam tree and looks quite comfortable there. We had a dry and sunless day and the wind had calmed down a lot so I thought it might be a good day to get out on my bike.  Mrs TootlepedalContinue reading “A certain familiarity”

A song but no miles

Today’s guest picture comes from Mike Tinker.  He was photographed by his companion on a walk where the stepping stones left quite a lot to be desired.  How the photographer got to the other side of the steam is not recorded. We had another dry and occasionally sunny day but the wind was still veryContinue reading “A song but no miles”

Welcome home

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone.  He was officiating at a golf match near Galashiels at the weekend and took the time to photograph this bridge over the new Borders Railway line which splits the course in two. It was another fine day but rather chilly in the morning so I was happy to wait in andContinue reading “Welcome home”

Plus ça change

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit to the city of Chester which my brother Andrew made last month.  It shows the choir in Chester Cathedral where he enjoyed a sung evensong. We had another up and down meteorological day here today.  It started very well with not only bright sunshine when I got upContinue reading “Plus ça change”

Taking it easy

Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle correspondent.  She tells me that her husband Mario met these attractive creatures at at Weetslade country park, another of the North East’s redeveloped former pit sites. I felt remarkably well when I got up but was quite pleased to find it was a grey and drizzly day whichContinue reading “Taking it easy”

Ecclefechan and squirrels

Today’s guest picture is a charming bridge crossed by some of my siblings last week. I can’t remember where it is but I can confirm that they came to it before they crossed it. We had another cool dry day today so it seemed like a good idea to have an outing with my sisterContinue reading “Ecclefechan and squirrels”


Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s recent Lake District holiday.  It shows Grasmere.  She takes lovely pictures. It was a bit warmer when I got up today but it didn’t feel much warmer because of the dratted wind which was still blowing strongly.  It took me some time to summon up theContinue reading “Programmed”

Tails of the river bank

Today’s picture is a welcome return for Maisie, wearing a very fetching line in hats.  I am told that she is particularly fond of her Grandpa. I didn’t get up at half past six to go cycling today because a) it was raining and b) I needed a lie in.  In the end, I gotContinue reading “Tails of the river bank”

From dawn till dusk (nearly)

Busy people warning:  long post with far too many pictures. Today’s picture is of poor quality but shows the arrival in our garden of the first bee of the year.  Hooray. Here’s to many more we hope. As well as the bee, we also had a visit from bird ringing expert, Cat Barlow who arrivedContinue reading “From dawn till dusk (nearly)”