More rain but time for a walk too

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She and my brother Andrew are trying to match each other with swan pictures at the moment. This was Mary’s original effort today. We were woken by some very heavy rain, so after breakfast I walked down to the park bridge in a light drizzle to seeContinue reading “More rain but time for a walk too”

The end of the road

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He is visiting his son in California and enjoyed a day on the beach at Carmel by the Sea. It was a bit misty, but probably quite a lot warmer than Dropscone in Orkney, he says. We had a perfectly lovely day here, with wall to wallContinue reading “The end of the road”

Small things

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent Paul who has been visiting the Lake District again. He took this lovely shot of St Cuthbert’s Church at Kentmere. The red sky last night didn’t bring us a sunny day, but it was much brighter and more cheerful than yesterday, and this was very welcome. IContinue reading “Small things”

Jam today

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She has an uninvited visitor in her garden and wondered what it is. Some research suggests that it is stonecrop, a type of sedum. Where it came from is a mystery. We were woken several times in the night by the sound of heavy rain showers, soContinue reading “Jam today”

Help for old knees

Today’s guest picture shows the West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills in Derby. My brother Andrew passed it on his walk today, and a good deal of noise indicated that it was being used as a wedding venue. We had a generally dry day, with only one short shower to disturb the gardeners. Both SandyContinue reading “Help for old knees”

Dreich but not drookit

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He found these early bluebells in Edinburgh. We will have to wait a bit to see our bluebells. It was another dull day here today, and Drospcone had the right word for it as he arrived on his his bicycle carrying scones for us to eat withContinue reading “Dreich but not drookit”

Getting acquainted with Sir Isaac Newton

Today’s guest picture comes from ex Archive Group member Ken. He visited Cragside and found a splendid Archimedes screw. The Archimedes screw is a 17m long galvanised turbine weighing several tonnes. Last year, it produced 21,000kwh, providing Cragside with around 4% of its electricity. I intended to go cycling today, starting as early as possible.Continue reading “Getting acquainted with Sir Isaac Newton”

A hazy day

Today’s guest picture is for those worrying that the sun may have stopped shining in East Wemyss. Tony sent me this scene today to reassure you, and added himself in too. Rather surprisingly, we had a pretty good day here. It was a bit warmer than yesterday, and quite a lot windier, but the forecastContinue reading “A hazy day”

Several signs of spring

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. While the rest of the country reels from the impact of serial storms, East Wemyss sails benignly on, bathed in eternal sunshine. This shot was taken yesterday. When I woke up here this morning, the wind was blowing so vigorously and the rain was hammering down withContinue reading “Several signs of spring”

At last a decent dose of sunshine

Today’s guest picture of table grapes comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He tells me that the grapes are grown in paper bags to avoid bird damage. It was quite a bit brighter than it has been here when we got up today, but it was not sunny. Two pairs of jackdaws wereContinue reading “At last a decent dose of sunshine”