Mirror, mirror

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent Mary Jo. It is an orchid cactus. Mary Jo tells me that it over winters in her basement storage room and gets no attention. It does well, all the same. We had another very good summer day here today, with temperatures rising to 25°C (77°F) in theContinue reading “Mirror, mirror”

The longest day

Today’s guest picture shows that Tony’s dogs are enjoying their Highland holiday too. Since today was the longest day of the year, I thought it appropriate to try to achieve the longest bike ride of the year while I had plenty of daylight. The forecast was for a warm, cloudy day with a light wind.Continue reading “The longest day”

A noisy but quiet day

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother and sisters’ recent trip to East Anglia. My sister Mary took this charming study of the beach at Aldeburgh where the well known composer Benjamin Britten lived for many years. (In the town, not on the beach.) The forecast was quite correct, and we had a very windyContinue reading “A noisy but quiet day”

A long cut and a short cut

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She walked along this avenue of blossom in Regents Park on her way to play tennis on Saturday. It was nearly 8°C by breakfast time here today, but our joy was not unconfined as it was also grey and windy with the occasional hint of rain. MrsContinue reading “A long cut and a short cut”

The north wind doth blow

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She looked out of her London window this morning and saw a fox enjoying a little snooze in the sun. We had some sunshine here too today but only after a cold night and waking to find a sprinkling of snow on the lawn in the morning.Continue reading “The north wind doth blow”

A tootle but no pedal

Today’s guest picture was taken by Mrs Tootlepedal. It shows an artistic darn which she has made to fill a hole in the sleeve of one of my jerseys. She was feeling very creative at the time. I looked out of the window just before I went to bed last night, and was much struckContinue reading “A tootle but no pedal”

An improvement

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to Wells with my sister Mary. They enjoyed the much photographed view of the cathedral. I didn’t much enjoy the view here when we woke up this morning. There was a thin covering of snow on the lawn but not enough to make a good winter sceneContinue reading “An improvement”

All change

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She was surprised to see this lone rose blooming so early in the year. Although they say the rest of the week is going to be as gloomy as forecast (except Thursday which is going to be fine but with a serious gale), today proved the pessimisticContinue reading “All change”

A definite change in the weather

Today’s guest picture is a fine oak, captured by my brother Andrew on a walk near his home. The light was poor all day today, but it was quite an interesting day so I took a lot of very dim pictures. To save the patient reader from overkill, I have mostly put them in galleriesContinue reading “A definite change in the weather”

A stroll with Mrs Tootlepedal

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent, Mary Jo. At first sight it might look like a row of gallows along the roadside, but she tells me that they are used to take electrical connections over the sidewalks. The electricity is used to heat up oil or cylinder blocks before trying to start carsContinue reading “A stroll with Mrs Tootlepedal”