Opening my eyes

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. The weather is so kindly in the south that her roses are still flowering, even when it is frosty. It wasn’t frosty here today, but it was another unsympathetic and grey day. We cycled round to church to find that the organ has been taken awayContinue reading “Opening my eyes”

An up and down day

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. On a family outing to their local park, they came across a family of swans with added geese. Here, it was a day with little to recommend it from a meteorological point of view. Although it was comfortably above freezing at 5°C, when I cycledContinue reading “An up and down day”

Taking things easy

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found the lake in Markeaton Park in a very peaceful mood in the late afternoon while on a recent walk. We woke to a false dawn here. It was lovely when I looked over the roofs of Henry Street out of our back window. . .Continue reading “Taking things easy”

Sticking to the road

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She left Somerset recently for long enough to visit the smallest town in Britain (allegedly) Llanwrtyd Wells in Breconshire. There she saw this fine bridge over the River Irfon. Llanwrtyd Wells is the home of the world bog snorkelling championships. Although it was only just aboveContinue reading “Sticking to the road”

A brief note

Today’s guest picture is a calm seaside view from Portsmouth taken by my sister Caroline. Today’s post is just a brief note to say that Mrs Tootlepedal and I had an enjoyable if quiet Christmas day, with excellent food, a short walk, and digital encounters with our granddaughters. There was a moment when we hailedContinue reading “A brief note”

Greyer yet and greyer

Today’s guest picture shows that the greyness was nationwide. My sister Mary had this view over London when she went for her walk today. The weather surpassed itself here today by producing the greyest day yet. It was a little warmer though, and not very windy at all so it could have been worse. AllContinue reading “Greyer yet and greyer”

Short day, short post

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found this job lot of mini Santas in a basket on his shopping trip today. He resisted the temptation to buy one. Andrew’s Santas were the only glimpse of colour that we got all day, as it was an even greyer day here than yesterday. ItContinue reading “Short day, short post”

Another day, another stroll with Mrs Tootlepedal

Today’s guest pictures come from our son Tony. He won’t be short of company this Christmas. My morning was brightened by the sight of Mrs Tootlepedal’s birthday flowers on the kitchen table when I came downstairs. Later in the day, Mrs Tootlepedal sorted then into two smaller vases. We had another fine and frosty morningContinue reading “Another day, another stroll with Mrs Tootlepedal”

Trees large and small felled

Today’s guest picture comes from that other Eden, that demi-paradise, East Wemyss. It was taken by the visual poet of that place, our son Tony. We woke to a chilly morning with the merest sprinkling of snow on the ground. I warmed up with a walk round to the shop after breakfast and then, afterContinue reading “Trees large and small felled”

Parkin(son)’s law

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He tells me that he is shocked to see the damage and road blockages in Langholm, but adds that they have obstructions in South Africa too. The temperature leapt up the scale today, and all the snow had disappeared. Unfortunately, the clouds remained andContinue reading “Parkin(son)’s law”