To the hills, to the hills!

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who has been visiting the Lake District where she enjoyed one of Ruskin’s favourites, the view of Derwentwater from Friar’s Crag. After our spell of cool changeable weather, we got back to a hot summer day today and I hardly like to say this, but it wasContinue reading “To the hills, to the hills!”

The name’s the same

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie.  A friend, a fellow allotmenteer, brought her round some dahlias from Annie’s plot.  They are doing a lot better than ours are. We had another unsettled and unsettling day.  It is difficult to have a plan of action when the weather (and the forecast) is so changeable.Continue reading “The name’s the same”

A bonus

Today’s guest picture is another from Stephen’s visit to North Queensland. As well as idyllic beaches, he and his wife visited the Kuranda aviary where amongst others, they encountered this striking pair of birds. The weather gods relented today, and after sending us more overnight rain, they let up by morning and allowed us toContinue reading “A bonus”

Making the most of a good day

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony’s Highland holiday.  He was up above Applecross on the Bealach nam Ba (the pass of the cattle) on the west coast when he got this splendid view. It was a fine and warm day here today, the first summer like day of the year and I wasContinue reading “Making the most of a good day”

Planning a day is hard

Today’s guest picture, taken by Dropscone while he was refereeing a golf tournament at Bruntsfield Golf Club last week, shows the trough where the carriages from the big house used to get washed. The forecast was unreliable and planning was difficult.  It had said that it was going to rain all day and since weContinue reading “Planning a day is hard”

Action and pictures

Today’s guest picture is another from a splendid set that my brother sent me after his visit to Shugborough Hall near Stafford a week ago. We awoke to find it was still raining after a night of rain and a check on the scientific rain gauge showed two centimetres had fallen.  This is a fairContinue reading “Action and pictures”

Visitors

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Venetia, my Somerset correspondent, who got the chance of a ride in a hot air balloon.  Her picture shows how far I would have gone on the journey before finding something else to do.  I don’t like heights.  She was very brave and has put lots ofContinue reading “Visitors”

Breathing in a little sand

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who recently visited Banwell Castle and sent me this picture of the gatehouse.  I am glad to see that they festoon potential photographic subjects with telephone wires down there as well as up here. The best weather of the day today was in the morning whenContinue reading “Breathing in a little sand”

The calm before the storm

Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s sunny visit to Bath. We got up to another grey and miserable morning here although once again it was unseasonably mild. Mrs Tootlepedal is partially recovered but by no means back to full working order.   She is very touched by the good wishes expressed by readersContinue reading “The calm before the storm”

Full of it

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent Mary Jo. She is currently on holiday in England and came across this fine gate in Salisbury. Mrs Tootlepedal has been wanting a bit a manure to get her garden off to a good start for the next growing season so she had a word with aContinue reading “Full of it”