A mixed day

My brother Andrew doesn’t like to let the grass grow under his feet, but he found on his walk today that he couldn’t afford to hang about as the grass is growing pretty quickly. After a wet and windy night here, we woke up to find the sun out and the wind not as fierceContinue reading “A mixed day”

A one handed clap

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. His son arrived and cut down a tree in his garden, leaving Andrew’s lawn well hidden. We had dire warnings of a 90% chance of heavy rain with thunder and lightning throughout the day. So although we were quite pleased to have occasional rain and only oneContinue reading “A one handed clap”

Taking a chance

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony, who grew this fine flower in his garden. We had another showery day here today and unlike yesterday, there were no sunny intervals, just times when it was raining and times when it wasn’t raining. One of the side effects of lockdown seems to be unfortunate typosContinue reading “Taking a chance”

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”

Collapse of plan (and planner)

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset corespondent Venetia.  She went to Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire to play music and had some time to look at a fine spiral staircase at the orangery while she was there. We had what looks as though it might be the last day of our warm and sunny spellContinue reading “Collapse of plan (and planner)”

Not doing too much

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my friend Gavin who is over on the east coast on a walking holiday.  He passed this little memento of the war near Craster. Mrs Tootlepedal spent most of the day embroidering in Hawick so I had a quiet day to myself. It was another dry dayContinue reading “Not doing too much”

Cutting it fine

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who was on a bus crossing Waterloo Bridge when she came over all Wordsworth and admired the view.  (I know, I know; he was crossing Westminster Bridge but that is not far away). After rain overnight, we had a fine and occasionally sunny day today so MrsContinue reading “Cutting it fine”

Head in the clouds

Today’s guest picture comes from our older son Tony.  As he was busy house hunting, he sent me this charming squirrel portrait in lieu of a Father’s Day card. The Muckletoon Adventure Festival had a better day for their events today.  The road cyclists were offered 30, 60 or 90 mile sportives and I wouldContinue reading “Head in the clouds”

Rained off

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia.  She got down to sea level in Madeira and brilliantly caught this Atlantic spotted dolphin in mid leap. Our spell of great weather is coming to an end but we are being let down gently before rain and gales blow in tomorrow night and we had a calm, warmContinue reading “Rained off”

Very thorough

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by our daughter Annie along with the comment, “Guess where I am.”  It turns out that it’s not Naples….or Middlesbrough. Wherever it was, it was a lot nicer there than it was here today.  It was raining when we got up and it is still raining, albeit inContinue reading “Very thorough”