Chaffinches are go

Today’s guest picture shows a pair of Egyptian geese looking very autumnal.  Our daughter Annie met them on a visit to the Serpentine in London. After a succession of rather grey days, we woke to brilliant sunshine today.  This meant that the temperature was on the low side but miraculously, it had stayed well aboveContinue reading “Chaffinches are go”

A sad farewell and two treats

Today’s guest picture comes from a recent visit to Nantwich by my brother Andrew.   Not only was the architecture stunning but it had a coffee house.  He was very happy. The chief business of the day was shedding a tear or two as we said goodbye to Matilda who was taking her parents back toContinue reading “A sad farewell and two treats”

An exciting destination

Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle correspondent and shows that I wasn’t the only one visiting castles on Bank Holiday Monday.  It shows Belsay Castle in the sun. We ran out of sunshine for the most part today, although there was the occasional ray to take in. On the plus side, the wind hadContinue reading “An exciting destination”

Singing in the rain

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit that my brother paid to Sheffield.  It shows the Victoria Quay. Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Edinburgh after breakfast and the brisk winds and heavy rain that she left behind made me quite happy to settle down to putting some weeks of the newspaper index into the ArchiveContinue reading “Singing in the rain”

The lure of the cream tea

Today’s guest photo shows a bird which my brother met on a visit to Tiritiri Matangi Island near Auckland in New ZealandAfter the rain showers of yesterday, we enjoyed a day without any rain at all today and very welcome it was too.  Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir after breakfastContinue reading “The lure of the cream tea”


Today’s picture is a copy of Sandy’s prizewinning photograph of his and Anne’s grandsons and I put it here as a mark of respect to her on the day of her funeral.   They are part of her ongoing legacy. It was a brilliantly sunny morning but it was moderated by a decidedly chilly wind andContinue reading “Reflections”

Drop drops in

Today’s picture shows the clipped front hedge and shows how noticeable the new lamp posts are in their gleaming sliver. The good weather continues and I continue to pedal. I have only missed two days so far this month. I went round the morning run by myself again today and stopped to take this pictureContinue reading “Drop drops in”