Scones, jam and cream

Today’s guest picture of these lovely roses comes from my brother Andrew. On a grey and occasionally rainy morning, Mrs Tootlepedal was hard at work soon after breakfast making scones. I rushed round to the shop and bought biscuits and a pot of double cream. The reason for this preparation? The imminent arrival of ourContinue reading “Scones, jam and cream”

Twenty seconds of sunshine

Today’s guest picture is another from our friend Gavin’s tour of the outer isles. It shows a lapwing and a chick. It was Friday 13th today so we were braced for bad luck. In the end, it was only the weather that gave us a bad time. It was gloomy, windy and occasionally wet. IContinue reading “Twenty seconds of sunshine”

Grateful for a push

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He is pleased that this handsome bridge in Derby, which he uses a lot, has won an award for good design. We had another generally sunny day here, but the brisk wind made it feel a little chillier than it should have been. Mrs Tootlepedal was busyContinue reading “Grateful for a push”

Party time

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend and neighbour Gavin. He was on North Uist today and was impressed by the amount of work two crofters had put in to provide their only source of heat for the coming year. We had a generally sunny but very windy day here, with some gusts making usContinue reading “Party time”

Sunshine and song

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She has just had a short holiday on the Isle of Wight, and found a sunny day to visit Ventnor Botanical Gardens. We had a warm day here, with a lot of excellent sunshine and light winds. It would have been the perfect day for a longContinue reading “Sunshine and song”

A stroll and a song

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She stopped to take in this pretty view on her way to play tennis yesterday. After some welcome rain overnight, it was still raining gently here when we got up today. There was enough rain to make the birds on the feeder look a little bedraggled andContinue reading “A stroll and a song”

A dig, a jab and a doddle

Today’s guest picture is a good example of swanning about. My brother Andrew took the picture of the River Soar while visiting his son Nick who lives beside the river. We had a warmish, dry day here without the benefit of much sunshine, so it was quite annoying to hear the weather people on theContinue reading “A dig, a jab and a doddle”

Bird, birds, birds

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline who was impressed by the power of the waves pounding the Southsea shore today. We had a windy morning here too, and I was glad that I didn’t have to cycle any further than the butcher’s in the High Street and the corner shop on my wayContinue reading “Bird, birds, birds”

An oasis of calm

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. Some late sunshine provided her with a show of nature’s own fairy lights using raindrops. After several windy days, it was a relief to wake up to a much quieter day today. It was chilly though, as a glance out of the window showed. Luckily, the snowContinue reading “An oasis of calm”

Testing knees and eyes

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in East Wemyss. For once, the sun does not feature. We saw neither sun nor moon here today, as it was another exceedingly grey day. It was above freezing though, and both Mrs Tootlepedal and I were able to cycle round the town on various errands withoutContinue reading “Testing knees and eyes”