Out twice

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He met this example of South Africa’s national bird, a blue crane, while out on his bicycle. We finally got a warm day here after what seems like months of freezing or near freezing cold weather. It was only 43°F (6°C) at half pastContinue reading “Out twice”

Out of sync

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s walk today, and shows a sign of the times, a golf course with no golfers on it. Our slightly unsettling spell of dry and sunny weather continued.  The forecast says it may not rain until net Tuesday but, more importantly for me, it also says that theContinue reading “Out of sync”

Service not included

Guess whose birthday it was today.  Guest picture courtesy of her mother Clare. Finding things to do in the lockdown is tricky.  Mrs Tootlepedal decided to put a stone edge on one of her garden paths today. I had a couple of important things on my to do list today, take the Zoe to CarlisleContinue reading “Service not included”

Going downhill slowly

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  On his permitted walk, he revisited a blue bell wood that he found unsatisfactory when he photographed it on a walk not long ago and found it much more satisfactory today. We had another sunny start to our day and the neighbourhood alfresco coffee morning team enjoyedContinue reading “Going downhill slowly”

Plan C today

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent Keiron.  He had a lovely day for a pedal along the towpath. It was cold and grey here when we got up and my original plan (Plan A) for the day was to go back to bed after breakfast, pull the covers over my head and hopeContinue reading “Plan C today”

Welcome visitors

Today’s guest picture(s) shows the wonderful flowers organised by Valeria, Joe’s sister-in-law, for Joe and Annie’s recent ceremony ….. ….some of which turned out to be entirely edible, pot and all.  There were made by the Botanical Baker. We had another fine day here and we are in danger of getting so used to goodContinue reading “Welcome visitors”

A Sunday without a song

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  On a clear day recently, he was able to look across the Forth and see North Berwick.  We haven’t organised a holiday there for this year yet.  This may be the closest we get to it. On a normal Sunday at this time of year, we wouldContinue reading “A Sunday without a song”

Off to see the sea

Today’s guest picture is another from Mary Jo’s trip to New Zealand.  It shows South Taranaki Bight, a fierce place, Mary Jo says.  She is back in Canada and having to spend a fortnight ‘self isolating’ on her return to the country. We were promised a dry day and we got one so that wasContinue reading “Off to see the sea”

Another eponymous day

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia.  These are just a few of a large flock of white storks which she saw flying over her in Morocco. As it was Friday, Dropscone came round for coffee but in a big turn up for the books, he brought no treacle scones with him.  Plain scones were theContinue reading “Another eponymous day”

Putting my foot in it

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  He came across this wonderful cave on one of his walks.  Thor’s Cave (also known as Thor’s House Cavern and Thyrsis’s Cave) is a natural cavern located at in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak in Staffordshire, I got up quite early for me but an early bird had got up even earlier. A partridge was outContinue reading “Putting my foot in it”