Decimalisation

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia’s Highland holiday where she saw two curlews in a field. I am envious because although I quite often hear curlews, I very rarely see one, let alone two. Today’s post opens with a picture from yesterday, taken after the blog had been put to bed. We had another cool,Continue reading “Decimalisation”

Good timing

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in East Wemyss. He looked out to sea and saw a family of eider ducks swimming in the distance. We had another cool, grey day here with more brisk winds and temperatures only reaching 15°C at midday. It made a sharp contrast with my sisters in LondonContinue reading “Good timing”

Nothing doing

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. I think this must have been a stopping point on her journey north. The offer of tea and cakes seems attractive. We had a better day here, slightly warmer and slightly less windy. As the sun often came out, it was much more pleasant in the garden too. ThisContinue reading “Nothing doing”

Another pedal, another tootle

Today’s guest picture is another from Paul’s Lake District stay. He found an interesting addition to a tree and an explanation. We had another mostly grey, occasionally sunny, and always windy day here, although it seemed a little bit warmer when we got up. All the same, we had coffee (and treacle scones) indoors whenContinue reading “Another pedal, another tootle”

A song and a definite smile

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa, and shows what a garden there can do in mid winter. Our spell of excellent weather continued today, and the sun was shining as we cycled off to church to sing in the socially distanced church choir. With two sopranos, two altos, a tenorContinue reading “A song and a definite smile”

A curious connection

Today’s guest picture is the newt that Bruce was seen going to great lengths to photograph in a recent guest picture of the day. The newt prefers to remain anonymous. We had another very hot day by our standards today, with the thermometer well over 80°F in the afternoon. A weather station in the townContinue reading “A curious connection”

An adventure

Today’s guest picture comes from one of my brother Andrew’s walks in the countryside round Derby. He doesn’t have to go far from home to find some pleasantly spacious views. We had one of those days that figure in the old joke: if you don’t like the weather round here, wait for half an hourContinue reading “An adventure”

Mrs Tootlepedal goes round in a circle

Today’s guest picture comes from Sue Bourne, who I met on my walk yesterday. She kindly sent me this striking picture of cladonia lichen which she had seen at Caulside in Canonbie. It was slightly cooler in the morning today when we got up but it was still quite humid. I felt pretty tired andContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal goes round in a circle”

Moving in a different circle

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who found this very striking plant in a garden on one of her walks round her neighbourhood in London. I’d like start this post with a word of thanks to reader Derrick who spotted that three pictures were missing from yesterday’s effort and was kind enough toContinue reading “Moving in a different circle”

If at first…..

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Sharon who was walking by the river at Canonbie. Billy Bell, who is a fisherman, tells me this is Cauldron Pool. We had a second day running when the weather forecast warned of thunderstorms. After getting drenched yesterday, we did not take this lightly. All the same, thingsContinue reading “If at first…..”