Up to speed

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin who is on holiday in the west of our region. He enjoyed the sight of the Bladnoch Distillery, and the aromas too. This is the most southerly of Scotland’s many distilleries. We had the hedgehog camera out over night, and when Mrs Tootlepdal brought it in, weContinue reading “Up to speed”

Compost and a castle

Today’s guest picture shows a curious calm on the sea when seen from East Wemyss today. Our son Tony took the shot. It was fairly calm here today too, but not quite as calm as that. It hadn’t been frosty overnight so we got out into the garden before coffee and I sieved some compostContinue reading “Compost and a castle”

A smile and a song

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. It shows an elaborate bridge to get cyclists over a main road in Derby. My brother thinks that they have gone metaphorically as well as literally over the top. We didn’t have a frosty morning here today though it was near zero, but as a counterbalance, weContinue reading “A smile and a song”

Going quietly crackers

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He passed this peaceful scene on his way into Derby city centre recently. We had another chilly, occasionally windy and mostly sun free day today here. It didn’t inspire me with any wish to dash outside and take exercise, so I stayed in and watched the birdsContinue reading “Going quietly crackers”

Ten free miles

Today’s guest picture is a Christmas tree spotted by my sister Susan. I don’t think that she is a big Elvis Presley fan but she put a filter on her phone that brought out this tribute to a Blue Christmas. We had a grey day here, but once again it was comfortably above freezing atContinue reading “Ten free miles”

A cold start

Today’s guest picture comes from my camera club friend Simon.   He came across a tree beside the river at Canonbie, about which it can be truly said that the bottom has fallen out of its world. We had a frosty start to the day here but thanks to my policy of rising slowly and late,Continue reading “A cold start”

Pushed back

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  His dogs take spring seriously in East Wemyss. Finally the warm weather arrived in Langholm and when we got up we wondered if the the warmth would bring the tulips out. It did. And in the end, the race to be first tulip out was a deadContinue reading “Pushed back”

Plan B again

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent Kieron and shows a Welsh tree from Wales. The wind was slightly kinder today but it was still very cold out in the garden, unless the sun was shining….which it did intermittently. When it shone, I tried to be ready with my little camera.  Among the familiarContinue reading “Plan B again”

I came, I sawed, I conquered

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce.  It shows that when it comes to Scottish sparrows, a sparrow’s home is its castle. I am starting this post with a cheat, as it is a picture that I took a couple of day ago but forgot to include in that day’s post.   Mrs Tootlepedal sawContinue reading “I came, I sawed, I conquered”

Land of milk but no honey

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent Keiron, who thought that a Welsh lamb would be appropriate for the time of year. I thought so too. We had another in the run of dry and warmish days that have made March such a contrast to February.  Once again there was thin cloud about butContinue reading “Land of milk but no honey”