Very merciful indeed

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who was obviously near or on  Tower Bridge when she took it.  It demonstrates the complete disregard for the London skyline exhibited by planners and developers.  What a mess. The forecast rain arrived on cue and by 2pm after a morning of more or less continual rain,Continue reading “Very merciful indeed”

Two tootles and a pedal

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother who is visiting the north east of England.  He was able to locate a handy cafe at one of his stops by following a cryptic clue. It rained  during the night and when I woke up, there was evidence to be found. But that was all there hadContinue reading “Two tootles and a pedal”

Mugged

Today’s guest picture comes from my Friday night orchestra, Alison, who recently visited Caerlaverock Castle with her granddaughter (and got served in the cafe). I was mugged by the weather today.  It was generally cloudy but still very warm and with no wind about, it felt very airless and close.  I noticed that as IContinue reading “Mugged”

A farewell to welcoming (and a welcome)

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce who is enjoying good weather in Aberdeenshire near the former fishing village of Collieston. We had another day today which would have been very welcome in mid summer and it is becoming pretty clear that it will be very unlikely that summer, when it comes, could beContinue reading “A farewell to welcoming (and a welcome)”

On the mend

Today’s guest picture comes from a walk on The Edge in Derbyshire which my brother Andrew shared with his walking group….and some cows….and some very nice weather. Our weather improved today but it was still pretty damp in the morning. I didn’t go out to take a flower picture until nearly midday. Oddly, many ofContinue reading “On the mend”

Sloe bicycling

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my son Tony.  He is the one on the hindmost of the two greys galloping along at the Lauder Common Riding. The photo was taken by ‘Lord Spencer-Taylor’, aka Robbie We were expecting guests in the early evening so the morning was spent making ready for theirContinue reading “Sloe bicycling”

Steadily busy

Today’s guest picture, sent to me by Mary Jo from Manitoba, is entitled “Alcatraz on the Assiniboine” and shows the lengths she has to go to keep the deer off her vegetables.  It makes Mrs Tootlepedal’s anti-sparrow pea fortress look a little small. I was woken several times during the night by rain pounding onContinue reading “Steadily busy”

A little ray of sunshine

Today’s picture from our London Trip shows the sign for a long forgotten shop on Brixton Road.  By coincidence, the American senator, Bernie Sanders, a diamond geezer if ever there was one,  spoke in front of a crowd of 5000 people at a Brixton venue nearby only last month. I have been doing a bitContinue reading “A little ray of sunshine”

Treacle, tootle and pedal

Today’s  guest picture was taken by my brother Andrew on a recent visit to Birmingham.  It is a city of many canals. I had slept very badly and was enjoying a much needed lie in and snooze when the phone rang twice.  My mild irritation was assuaged when I discovered that it was Dropscone offeringContinue reading “Treacle, tootle and pedal”

Mostly quiet

Today’s guest picture shows one of the two diesel locomotives that together pulled Dropscone and his daughter Susan to Scarborough on a railway special to celebrate her birthday.  They didn’t have ideal weather for a seaside outing. We had another pleasant morning and it was further brightened by the arrival of Dropscone bearing traditional Friday treacleContinue reading “Mostly quiet”