Flattery will get you nowhere

Today’s guest picture comes from South Africa. Langholm exile Tom sent me this picture of South Africa’s answer to heather on the hill. He tells me that it is gum-bush or gombossie, properly known as pteronia paniculata. After the excitements of the city visit, life fell into its proper pattern today when Dropscone arrived forContinue reading “Flattery will get you nowhere”

Plenty of sound and fury

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He came across what looks like a very superior bug hotel in the grounds of Nottingham University. After another noisy night here, where the roaring of the wind made it hard to sleep, we got another very windy and grey day today. On the plus side, itContinue reading “Plenty of sound and fury”

Visitors

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He is on his travels again and visited Lincoln recently. We had a warm and pleasant day here today, with only a brief flurry of rain to make us nervous. We were expecting visitors so while Mrs Tootlepedal baked a cake, I swept the paths in theContinue reading “Visitors”

Some music at last

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. It was her birthday today, and as the planned family activities had to be postponed for reasons out of her control, she went for a walk by the canal instead. She was very impressed by this floating garden. We had another fine day here, but it tookContinue reading “Some music at last”

Some ups and downs

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s visit to his local park today. He chose a good day for it. Once again I managed to keep to my resolve to do some work on the Archive Group’s newspaper index after breakfast. I am getting back in the groove and completed more pages than IContinue reading “Some ups and downs”

A long walk and a short cut

Today’s guest picture comes from my walking guide Mark. It shows David and me taking the straight and narrow way on our walk today. As you can see from Mark’s picture, we got a lovely day for our ten mile walk today. It was quite hard work, with some rough ground across the hill asContinue reading “A long walk and a short cut”

Going green

Today’s guest picture comes from Sandy. He tried growing a wild flower bed beside his house this year, and he is very pleased with the result. We had another very hot day here, and the flowers are tending to get a bit tired . . . . . . as are the blackbirds. Once againContinue reading “Going green”

Flat out

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. It shows a dawn dog on the eternally sunny East Wemyss shore. It was three hours later before I got up after a good night’s sleep. I had to go to the health centre for a routine visit after breakfast, and I said to Mrs Tootlepedal asContinue reading “Flat out”

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”

Crossed lines

Today’s guest photograph comes from my sister Caroline. She found some nice looking lawn tennis courts where people seemed to prefer drinking coffee to playing the game. We had another day here which took a bit of time to warm up, but by midday, the clouds had cleared away and it was wonderfully sunny butContinue reading “Crossed lines”