Langholm’s Great Day

Today’s guest picture is another from Mary Jo’s flight to breakfast. It is entitled ‘clouds and canola’. The only business of the day today was celebrating the Common Riding. The garden was left with flowers unregarded and poppies un-dead-headed . . . . . . as we set off to see the cornet lead hisContinue reading “Langholm’s Great Day”

The night before

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary’s walk on the hottest day of the year. She captured a cool reflection to contrast with the hot weather. We had a day of occasional light rain here, enough to be annoying without being useful. Dropscone came round for coffee, and we tested the new gooseberry jellyContinue reading “The night before”

Over the hill

Today’s guest picture comes from Sandy. We had some spare seed potatoes earlier this year and he took them off our hands, planted them in a big bag, and looked after them. He has been rewarded with a good crop. Our weather has settled down again to normal summer temperatures, and I had no needContinue reading “Over the hill”

Mrs Tootlepedal gets a present

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony, He found a butterfly very successfully pretending to be a leaf. The forecast had suggested that it would be cooler today after the excessive heat of the past couple of days. It was cooler, but as it was only a couple of degrees cooler and the sunContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal gets a present”

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”