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”

Trying (and failing) to find a gap in the weather

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia, my Somerset correspondent., She did not have to go far to find some interesting wild life, as this Jersey Tiger Moth was on the outside of her bedroom window. We were correctly promised frequent showers for today by the forecasters, and the trick was to try to avoid themContinue reading “Trying (and failing) to find a gap in the weather”

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”

Down but about

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie in London. She tried to get the bus driver to take her to the pot of gold but he insisted on sticking to his route. There was no chance of a pot of gold here today. We had more than enough rain for a rainbow, but notContinue reading “Down but about”