Sunshine brings a smile

Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce.  He sent me this shot of the three bridges over the Forth as seen from the ship that was about to take him to Sweden. We were due to go to Edinburgh today to visit Matilda but I got up early and cycled twenty miles and got home inContinue reading “Sunshine brings a smile”

The queen of the castle

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia.  She visited Minterne gardens and saw a hundred flowers as good as these ones. We had the option of leaving North Berwick this evening or early tomorrow morning and as Matilda has a busy day in Edinburgh tomorrow and Mrs Tootlepedal has a busy day inContinue reading “The queen of the castle”

A full day

Today’s guest picture is another from our son Tony’s visit to the Fife Agricultural Show at the weekend.  It is also the flying bird of the day. A post of few words today as it was late after a busy day when I sat down to compile this post. I hired a bike after breakfastContinue reading “A full day”

Full of beans

Today’s guest picture comes from one of my Canadian correspondents, Lucie.  She has been visiting relatives in the UK and when she passed through Edinburgh on her way north, she stopped off to check out the view from the castle. We had a warm and sunny day today and with lighter winds, it felt likeContinue reading “Full of beans”

A splendid day out

After my brother Andrew’s artistic nut weevil yesterday, today’s guest picture from Venetia’s African adventure shows the real thing, dung beetles on elephant droppings.  You can hardly get more down to earth than that. We had a busy day.  We just had time for a cup of coffee and a quick wave at the birdsContinue reading “A splendid day out”

Into the woods again

Today’s just picture comes from Mrs Tootlepedal’s brother, Mike.  He planted some daffodils to brighten the road verge opposite his house and is pleased that his work has born fruit.  Being 300 miles south of Langholm, his daffodils are already out. Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Carlisle after an early breakfast to help sort outContinue reading “Into the woods again”

Under the rainbow

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair and shows the indomitable Matilda scootering to infinity and back. It is a rather hasty post tonight as it is late as I write this after a full day. The weather gods relented and let me get out for a dry cycle ride today.  Perhaps they wereContinue reading “Under the rainbow”

Into the woods

Today’s guest picture brings a bouquet of South African garden colour into our gloomy winter scenes, courtesy of my South African correspondent and Langholm exile, Tom. By contrast, what Langholm looked like today when we got up was this…. …but the snow had stopped and gradually melted away during the day, although the temperature neverContinue reading “Into the woods”

Playing the game

Today’s guest picture comes from Matilda’s father, Al.  He took her, her mother and some of her Christmas guests to see the light show at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens where they entered the cathedral of light. There was not much light of any sort in Langholm this morning when I set out after breakfast forContinue reading “Playing the game”