Pastures new

Today’s guest picture is another watery one from my brother Andrew. He visited this lock at Aston on Trent on his walk today. We woke to a beautiful morning and it was a privilege to be out in the garden . . . . . . along with peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies. We hadContinue reading “Pastures new”

Picking the low hanging fruit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He went to Tamworth to go skiing in the SnowDome, but found it was closed for a private function. Ever one to turn a disappointment into an opportunity, he went to visit Tamworth Castle instead. We had another gloomy and grey day here today, and it wasContinue reading “Picking the low hanging fruit”

Trying (and failing) to find a gap in the weather

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia, my Somerset correspondent., She did not have to go far to find some interesting wild life, as this Jersey Tiger Moth was on the outside of her bedroom window. We were correctly promised frequent showers for today by the forecasters, and the trick was to try to avoid themContinue reading “Trying (and failing) to find a gap in the weather”

Compost fun

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She went to The Newt with my sister Mary recently, and took this picture of Mary sitting in contemplation in the Story of Gardening exhibition there. We had to get the watering cans out again today. To be fair, it did rain a couple of timesContinue reading “Compost fun”

Flowers wild and tame

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who spotted a colourful array of boats in a local harbour. We had a cool, grey day here today. There had been some overnight drizzle but it didn’t amount to anything. It had left its mark on the flowers in the garden though when I went outContinue reading “Flowers wild and tame”

A grey green day

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who found himself looking up at the first Forth road bridge. It looks rather insubstantial from below. We had a grey day here, with occasional drizzle, no sun and some strong winds. Our friend Venetia paid us a flying visit for a walk round the garden beforeContinue reading “A grey green day”

Treacle and the end of a long wait

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. On one of his walks, he noticed that his dog had got a personal cloud. There is only time for a brief post tonight as it has been a full day. Preparations for the visit of Matilda and her parents were in full swing and my firstContinue reading “Treacle and the end of a long wait”

Less rain, more wind

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was pleased to find that recent rain had refreshed the Markeaton Brook in Derby. He tells me that although it looks very bucolic, it is actually running through the heart of the city We had a miserably cold start to the day, with a cruel northerlyContinue reading “Less rain, more wind”

Cheese but no biscuits

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He came across this classic situation on his way to have a walk in the country a day or two ago. It was good enough to make an appearance on the BBC Scotland website. We had another chilly morning after another frosty night, so I was inContinue reading “Cheese but no biscuits”

Oiling the wheels

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who was once again up early enough on his way to work to catch a fine sunrise complete with artistic lamppost. I wasn’t up early enough to see a sunrise but I was up early enough to find that the temperature was once again below zero atContinue reading “Oiling the wheels”