Slowly getting back in the groove

Today’s guest picture comes from that inveterate traveller Bruce.  He looked in on a tea dance at the famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool but did not venture onto the floor himself.  Doubtless things will be a bit more lurid on 16th November when Strictly comes to town. Finally our spell of mild autumn weather cameContinue reading “Slowly getting back in the groove”

A little bit of everything

Today’s guest picture is another from the Derby shopping centre insect infestation.  My brother tells me that you can talk to the insects but I wouldn’t know what to say to a stag beetle. I didn’t have much confidence in a weather forecast that said that it wasn’t going to rain today but I wasContinue reading “A little bit of everything”

Out and about again

Today’s guest picture is a follow up to the recent guest picture from Dropscone which showed the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct seen from below.  This is the view from above.  Dropscone walked over the aqueduct.  It would need a team of wild horses to get me across. We enjoyed a delightfully sunny day today with the onlyContinue reading “Out and about again”

One step forward and two steps back

Today’s guest picture is another brightener for a gloomy day from Venetia.  She was much struck by the glow from a neighbour’s flame tree in Somerset this morning. There was not much brightness here today at all and it rained sporadically and unpredictably off and on all day. I started the day by putting anotherContinue reading “One step forward and two steps back”

Fingers crossed

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary’s visit to Kew Gardens.  The sedentary minded can view the gardens from this land train. We had a fair day here today with very occasional sun, a good breeze and some late rain.  It meant that Mrs Tootlepedal could garden until she was exhausted and I couldContinue reading “Fingers crossed”

April weather

There may be serious concern about the lack of insects in general but today’s guest picture from Venetia shows that there is no shortage of them just now in Somerset. We had a typical April day here today, breezy, cool and occasionally rainy but it was just warm enough to allow for gardening and theContinue reading “April weather”

Halfway to paradise

Today’s guest picture comes from Mike and Alison’s recent visit to New Zealand where they saw this handsome NZ kingfisher.  I don’t know which of them took the picture. It was reasonably warm for the time of year again this morning but once again the effect was somewhat spoiled by light drizzle and a veryContinue reading “Halfway to paradise”

Below par all day

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia’s recent visit to Madeira.  As well as an abundance of fruit and veg in the market, she even had a personal rainbow. We had another calm, sunny day today but it was the coldest yet with the temperature struggling to get above zero all day. In the morning, MrsContinue reading “Below par all day”

A little light headed

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia.  She has strayed as far from Somerset as Madeira and sent me this picture from the Mercado dos Lavradores there. After yesterday’s very dank and gloomy weather, it was a relief to wake up to some friendly sunshine this morning.  As it was combined with reasonable temperatures,Continue reading “A little light headed”

A breath of fresh air

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan, who has been kind enough to send me this massive but hungry looking  figure which is currently hanging around at the British Museum. We woke to another grey and wet morning but we weren’t downhearted because Dropscone was due to come round with treacle scones and theContinue reading “A breath of fresh air”