Taking things slowly

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She took a trip down to the south bank of the Thames this morning, and then nipped home again before it got too hot. It was another bright sunny day here, with temperatures set to rise to 27°C in the afternoon. I had a wild scheme inContinue reading “Taking things slowly”

Light rain

Today’s guest picture comes from my New York correspondent, MaryJane. She was out walking when she saw a cormorant and several weed covered turtles beside a duckweed filled pond. As had been forecast, we had another grey day here. It had a tendency to start to drizzle every time we went into the garden. However,Continue reading “Light rain”

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”

Sing, walk, sing , cycle

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Simon, who is in Sandwich in Kent, helping with the preparations for the forthcoming Open Championship at the golf club there. He was much struck by the flint walls in the town. We had another very calm day here today, and this made an otherwise rather cool andContinue reading “Sing, walk, sing , cycle”

A song and a stroll

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. One of his dogs is demonstrating excellent catching skills. We had a generally grey and rather chilly day for the time of year today, but the sun was shining for a while as we cycled to church to sing in the choir. The hymns, which were allContinue reading “A song and a stroll”

A song and a definite smile

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa, and shows what a garden there can do in mid winter. Our spell of excellent weather continued today, and the sun was shining as we cycled off to church to sing in the socially distanced church choir. With two sopranos, two altos, a tenorContinue reading “A song and a definite smile”

Not getting wet

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who had a choice of views from his place of work yesterday. We had another frosty night here, followed by an even chillier day than of late with that persistent north easterly wind still blowing. There were some light showers in the morning, heavy enough to beContinue reading “Not getting wet”

No turbine movement

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She took a train for a short distance this morning and then walked back along the canal. We had a dry and calm day today. It wasn’t warm but it wasn’t cold either, so we were able to have our morning coffee meeting on the lawn inContinue reading “No turbine movement”

Getting things fixed

Today’s guest picture is another from Paul. He was happy to see that cricket had started again after the lockdown. As a day, this was one that did not get entered on the credit side of the great ledger of life, although it did have some redeeming features. First, the less attractive part: after breakfast,Continue reading “Getting things fixed”

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”