Faith rewarded

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce. He was amused by the placing of this bollard, and wondered whether it was there for drivers or sailors. We had another sociable morning today, with both Sandy and Margaret coming round for coffee and conversation. When they had gone their separate ways, we got out intoContinue reading “Faith rewarded”

Twenty seconds of sunshine

Today’s guest picture is another from our friend Gavin’s tour of the outer isles. It shows a lapwing and a chick. It was Friday 13th today so we were braced for bad luck. In the end, it was only the weather that gave us a bad time. It was gloomy, windy and occasionally wet. IContinue reading “Twenty seconds of sunshine”

A welcome return

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She found this splendid knobbly tree when she visited Milton Lodge Gardens, near Wells. We had another day here where the enjoyment of some welcome sunshine was tempered by very brisk winds. We got out into the garden though, and spent quite a bit of timeContinue reading “A welcome return”

Diverted by cows

Today’s scenic guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. Although it looks peaceful enough, he tells me that the wind was blowing so strongly that he literally had to hold on to his hat as he crossed the stream. We had quite a windy day here too, and it was grey and occasionally rainy. IContinue reading “Diverted by cows”

A long cut and a short cut

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She walked along this avenue of blossom in Regents Park on her way to play tennis on Saturday. It was nearly 8°C by breakfast time here today, but our joy was not unconfined as it was also grey and windy with the occasional hint of rain. MrsContinue reading “A long cut and a short cut”

Turning over an old leaf

Today’s guest picture comes from our younger son Alistair. He only has a small garden but it was full of blossom last week. I would like to start today’s post with a picture of the amazing flowers which our son Tony sent to Mrs Tootlepedal to celebrate Mothering Sunday. They are real flowers, though MrsContinue reading “Turning over an old leaf”

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”

More than a breath of fresh air

Today’s bright guest picture comes from my friend Simon. After sampling the sunshine on England’s northern fells last week, he went off to Europe to see what they could do there this week. We had another grey day here, slightly warmer than yesterday but much windier, especially in the afternoon. Mrs Tootlepedal went off onContinue reading “More than a breath of fresh air”

A job well done

Today’s guest picture shows Chaddesden Church. Rupert Brooke asks, “Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?” My brother Andrew replied that the clock stood at ten to two and the nearby cafe was closed! We had a bright and frosty morning here, and the cold weather hadContinue reading “A job well done”

A definite change in the weather

Today’s guest picture is a fine oak, captured by my brother Andrew on a walk near his home. The light was poor all day today, but it was quite an interesting day so I took a lot of very dim pictures. To save the patient reader from overkill, I have mostly put them in galleriesContinue reading “A definite change in the weather”