A most uncommon riding

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He was up on Whita Hill at the crack of dawn to see the 2020 Common Riding. The semi jubilee cornet (he was cornet 25 years ago) with the right and left hand men took the town’s standard round the monument in a symbolic gesture and theContinue reading “A most uncommon riding”

Dancing attendance

Today’s guest picture comes from Matilda’s ‘other grandfather’, Francis.  He took this shot of Matilda aboard the good ship Alistair, waiting for the horses to gallop up the Kirk Wynd this morning. We were awakened by the beat of the big drum of the flute band pounding round the town at five o’clock in theContinue reading “Dancing attendance”

Arrivals

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She came across this artwork in an outdoor exhibition in a park.  It is called The Tudor Ball and it is by Lars Fisk.  Sometimes I wonder if I should have been an artist. It was even hotter today than yesterday and by the afternoon, the thermometerContinue reading “Arrivals”

A ride out

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa, who sent me this view taken on his morning walk. There was a threat of rain in the morning and the promise of sunshine in the afternoon, so Mrs Tootlepedal and I went shopping in Carlisle in the morning.  The rain came and wentContinue reading “A ride out”

The cutting edge

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who saw this all electric hire car getting a charge in a street the other day. It was warmer today but no less grey in the morning and we were pleased to get to church and back before it started to rain.  As I may have mentioned,Continue reading “The cutting edge”

A great day

No guest picture today but a portrait of Cornet Little, who carried the town’s flag today. We had been promised all sorts of weather, thunderstorms, steady rain, occasional drizzle but in the end, we got a beautiful day for our Common Riding and it was shirtsleeve order until the very end of the day whenContinue reading “A great day”

A summer day (and night)

Today’s guest picture comes from the phone camera of our younger son, Al who took it while sitting on the new bench in our garden this afternoon. It is a very smart device which not only takes the pictures that he wants but often takes one or two just before and/or just after he hasContinue reading “A summer day (and night)”

Double cream

Today’s picture is another from Anne’s visit to Elgin and shows what is left of Elgin Cathedral which was founded in the 13th century. We had another pleasantly warm day with a cooling breeze, only spoiled by the complete absence of any rain.  These are not words that have appeared on the blog before! MrsContinue reading “Double cream”

Out and about

Today’s guest picture is another from my cello playing friend Mike’s trip to the north.  His wife Anne has kindly sent me some pictures which she took on the holiday,  including this one of Abraham in the biblical garden of Elgin Cathedral.   It was another pointlessly drizzly morning here today with just enough rainContinue reading “Out and about”

Uphill work

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Wetherby. This post has double the usual amount of pictures for reasons that will become apparent for those with the time and energy to slog through them.  If you make an excuse and leave now, I will quite understand. Our spell of good weather continuesContinue reading “Uphill work”