Hitting the heights

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He passed this old building, once a home for nurses in Derby, and now with just a frontage left standing. After a spell of grey and wet weather here, it was a pleasure to get up to a sunny morning today. The pleasure was slightly modified byContinue reading “Hitting the heights”

Frozen out and in

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who was out and about on a very sunny day before the recent snow in London. She visited St Catherine’s Dock at just the right moment We had our coldest morning yet here today at -11°C/-12°F. I got out as far as the bird feeders in theContinue reading “Frozen out and in”

A late walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He managed to take a very atmospheric picture as he crossed the River Derwent late on a misty afternoon recently. We had a marked change in the weather here today as we went back to a prolonged spell of rain. Luckily, not only did Margaret join usContinue reading “A late walk”

Drops of colour

Today’s guest picture comes from my walking friend Mark. He led a group over Arkleton Hill last Sunday. I would like to have joined in if we hadn’t had choir business. It was another gloomy day today and it got steadily gloomier as the day went on. Our day started well though when we wereContinue reading “Drops of colour”

Puffed out, blown back

Today’s guest picture comes from my walking guide Mark. On Monday, his dog Henry, took him back for a walk on the hills that we had walked together on Saturday. Henry rested for a moment among the bog cotton. We had another cool and dry day here today, and I was a bit slower toContinue reading “Puffed out, blown back”

An excellent tootle

Today’s guest picture is a reminder of the sort of sunrise that you can see in East Wemyss if you are up and about at 5 A.M. Our son Tony was. Owing to a busy afternoon and evening, I am starting this post very late in the day, so the text may be a bitContinue reading “An excellent tootle”

On the trail of the lonesome pine (again)

Today’s guest picture is another of my sister Mary’s delightful studies of Regents Park in London. She goes there to play tennis and always looks about on her way. We woke to rather grey and windy weather with a forecast of some rain to come in the middle of the day. We were in noContinue reading “On the trail of the lonesome pine (again)”

From little acorns . . .

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She was passed by this fine vehicle as she was walking home from the village of Street. We had a somewhat cooler, much greyer, and just as windy day today, but fortunately, it stayed driy as Mrs Tootlepedal and I drove up to Broomholmshiels to joinContinue reading “From little acorns . . .”

The hills are alive . . .

Today’s guest picture comes from Paul, my Lancashire correspondent, who is currently in the Lake District. He visited Levens Hall, famous for its topiary. We had a fine, warm but pretty windy day here. Mrs Tootlepedal spent a lot of it in the garden, but she found time after coffee with Margaret to cycle aContinue reading “The hills are alive . . .”

Acting my age

Today’s guest picture comes from our younger son Alistair. It shows a loaf made to their own ad hoc recipe by his wife and daughter, Clare and Matilda. He tells me that it tasted as good as it looks. I also made a loaf of bread today, but as it required the use of ourContinue reading “Acting my age”