Over the top

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who failed to get to a windfall quickly enough. In spite of a better forecast for the day,  it was raining at breakfast time.  I made good use of the time indoors by making a lamb stew for the slow cooker and by the time thatContinue reading “Over the top”

A pedal, a toddle and a warble

Today’s guest picture was sent by our daughter Annie and shows the ‘fruits’ of her labours in her allotment.  She benefits from being 300 miles south of us so she is well ahead in her growing season. After two days of rain, as recorded by our scientific rain gauge…. …we were treated to a pleasantlyContinue reading “A pedal, a toddle and a warble”

Ending on a high

Today’s guest picture is another from the treasure trove of lovely pictures that my sister Mary took on her Lake District holiday.  This one was taken while she was having elevenses in Grange. I have gone well over my self imposed picture limit today for which I apologise as I realise that readers are busy people withContinue reading “Ending on a high”

The storm after the calm

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She has just spent a week in the Lake District and enjoyed some good weather.  On this occasion, she was returning to Grasmere when the sun came out. We were actually quite grateful this morning here when the sun went in as it was still very warm. Continue reading “The storm after the calm”

No miles but a full day

I found today’s guest picture while looking at last month’s files.  It shows two pelicans which my sister Mary met in St James’ Park in April and it should have appeared before now. She describes the pelicans as “resting from their ‘amusing the tourists’ activities.” After the slightly cool air yesterday, today was back toContinue reading “No miles but a full day”

Quite bright

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my Friday orchestra, Alison and comes from her recent trip to NZ.  It shows the dawn over Nelson. We certainly had a brighter dawn here than we had yesterday and as a result, I was much cheerier all day.  Sandy came round for coffee and while weContinue reading “Quite bright”

The best laid plans…

Today’s guest picture from my Newcastle correspondent shows a splendid drum kit to be found on a new trail at Plessey Woods Country Park. We had an exciting plan A for today and a fairly exciting fallback plan B too.  A little sunshine as we woke up was encouraging but 5°C and a bitterly coldContinue reading “The best laid plans…”

By car and foot

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia and shows a striking scarlet tiger moth which visited her garden recently. Just lately it has been obligingly raining lightly during the night and stopping during the day.  This was the pattern again today and we had another grey but dry day until a little sunshineContinue reading “By car and foot”

Another day put to good use

Today’s guest picture come from Mary Jo in Manitoba.  It shows the first flower on her Christmas Cactus.  She adds, “It’s a ridiculously large plant that someone gave to me after halving the original plant with an axe.” After breakfast, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Edinburgh to have fun with Matilda, leaving me to haveContinue reading “Another day put to good use”

Re-clouting

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my railway enthusiast friend Bruce who was in Edinburgh to see the maintenance  locomotive for the new Borders Railway being named after Madge Elliot. She was the leading protester against closure in 1969 and handed a petition into number 10 Downing Street in December 1968.  She failedContinue reading “Re-clouting”