Nature’s choicest gifts

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew, who saw a neatly thatched house recently. Unusually, we didn’t wake up to a sunny morning and it was slightly cooler than it has been. We were grateful. We spent the morning in the garden, with a break to go across the road to have a cupContinue reading “Nature’s choicest gifts”

A day of surprises

Today’s guest picture shows a recent sunrise in East Wemyss. It comes from our son Tony who gets up very early in the morning to walk his dogs. We had no sun here in the morning, but it was warm and I enjoyed a walk round the garden before coffee after having listened to aContinue reading “A day of surprises”

Perfect practice

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He came across these unusual wooden butterflies on a visit with friends to the Markeaton Park Dementia Friendly Walled Garden in Derby. After a slightly warmer night, we got a slightly warmer day which was very welcome, though it was still a “coats on for coffee inContinue reading “Perfect practice”

Tunnel vision

Today’s guest picture comes from Tom, the Langholm exile in South Africa. He was up today for his morning walk while the moon was still high in the sky. We got up to find that very annoyingly it had been below zero again overnight. We are beginning to question whether it will ever get warmContinue reading “Tunnel vision”

A semi Sandy stroll

Today’s guest picture comes from an ex teaching friend, Jim. He has sent me this picture from a friend of his in Florida, and suggests that I shouldn’t complain too much about having cats visiting my garden when I see what his friend has to put up with. As far as alligators went, we hadContinue reading “A semi Sandy stroll”

Changeable weather

Today’s guest picture comes from Michael, a long time friend of our son Tony. Just to show that he can take seaside pictures too, he sent me this fine study of a bridge next to the sea near Rockliffe on the Solway coast where he was today. We had another very chilly night. Mrs TootlepedalContinue reading “Changeable weather”

Gloves off

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She spotted a fox in her small London garden. We had another grey and chilly day here, not quite so cold but a lot greyer after a little overnight rain. In need of some excitement, I got Mrs Tootlepedal to cut my hair in the morning andContinue reading “Gloves off”

I didn’t give a fig

Today’s guest picture is a Waboom or Waggon Tree, so called as its wood was used to make waggon wheels because it is very tough It was sent to me by Tom from South Africa and brought a welcome splash of colour on a very dreary day. It is the only tree protea, Tom tellsContinue reading “I didn’t give a fig”

Needled

Today’s guest picture is another from Tom in South Africa. He gets some bigger hills than I do when he comes to choose a cycle route. We woke to a fine sunrise here… …but in spite of the familiar saying, red sky this morning was not a warning for shepherds or anyone else. We enjoyedContinue reading “Needled”

Plan biscuit again

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew in Derby. It has been snowing hard there today. He has a good supply of croissants to hand though, so he isn’t worried about being snowed in. We had several degrees of frost here, but no snow. It was theoretically a pleasant sunny day, but when IContinue reading “Plan biscuit again”