Gardener’s boy

Today’s guest picture shows the handsome church of St Michael with All Angels at Stanton-by-Dale, Derbyshire. My brother Andrew walked past it on his walk yesterday. Summer here was interrupted by some overnight rain, and the day dawned cloudy. However, normal service was soon renewed, and we had another fine day, especially in the afternoon.Continue reading “Gardener’s boy”

Hot stuff

Today’s guest pictures come from both our sons. Tony’s peas are looking good, and Al is kindly sharing his leaves with the locals. Summer continued in Langholm today. We could almost get used to this. Mrs Tootlepedal went out into the garden after breakfast and called me out to look at the clouds. They wereContinue reading “Hot stuff”

Making sense

Today’s guest picture gets my seal of approval. It comes from Venetia’s Highland holiday when she went to visit the Moray Firth at Burghead. Summer continued in Langholm today. In fact it got hotter, reaching 27°C in mid afternoon. Under the circumstances, I thought that I ought to reverse my usual practice and do somethingContinue reading “Making sense”

Two and a half now

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair who got more than he bargained for in his cauliflower. I know that you are supposed to eat up your greens but this was a step too far. We had a day here with nothing to complain about as far as the weather went. It was warmContinue reading “Two and a half now”

Rising to the occasion

Today’s guest picture is a very unusual white thistle spotted by our neighbour Liz on one of her morning walks. I didn’t really surface today until coffee time, delayed by a tricky crossword, a phone call from our daughter and general laziness. But to save time later, I combined coffee in the garden with aContinue reading “Rising to the occasion”

Wired up

Today’s guest picture comes from my camera club friend Simon who noticed these interesting additions to a pylon when he was out and about near Canonbie. They are going to renew the cables. We had another beautiful day here today. As this was the first day of summer, there is a slight worry that summerContinue reading “Wired up”

A stroll, a spin and a song

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who, in spite of some grey weather, went down to the south bank of the Thames yesterday and enjoyed the view. Here, our recent pattern of chilly mornings but dry days continued, although we didn’t get quite as much sun as we have had recently and asContinue reading “A stroll, a spin and a song”

Bad timing

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s holiday in Forres.  He and his daughter Susan went down to see the sea at the mouth of Findhorn Bay.  There was a lot of sand about The weather today was as confused as the forecasts.  It couldn’t really make up its mind whether it was raining or notContinue reading “Bad timing”

Something borrowed, something blue

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia’s visit to the Caen Hill Locks.  It looks very peaceful, but if you have to take your boat through all of the 29 locks on the staircase, it is very hard work. The promised end of summer was deferred for another day and we had a beautiful morning, sunny,Continue reading “Something borrowed, something blue”

Another day, another plan collapses

Today’s guest picture was taken by my brother Andrew’s wife’s Australian cousin Janet who found Andrew hard at work on his son’s mower making hay  while the sun shone. After yesterday’s outing to Beamish, I had a plan for today: in the morning I would put the pictures from Beamish on the blog, mow aContinue reading “Another day, another plan collapses”