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”

A bow and a bow

Today’s guest picture, the very last from Bruce’s Highland tour shows the photographer and his wife casting long shadows beside the Crinan Canal near Lochgilphead. It was a miserable cold and wet morning about which the less said the better. Some winter visitors appeared in the shape of a siskin… …and a brambling. Having ignoredContinue reading “A bow and a bow”

A happy but quiet birthday

Today’s guest picture is another from the seasonal treats offered in Nottingham.  My brother didn’t just have the chance of curry, he could have had Belgian waffles too. It was my birthday today but since when you get to a certain age, just arriving at another birthday is a treat and a privilege, we didn’tContinue reading “A happy but quiet birthday”

Up and down, up and down and up and down

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who came upon a horde of ladybirds on one of her visits.  This picture shows just a few of the insects that she saw. It was a bright but chilly morning here and I had to scrape ice off the car windscreen after breakfast before IContinue reading “Up and down, up and down and up and down”

Two trips

Today’s guest picture is a swan which was spotted by my Somerset correspondent, Venetia while on a walk.  She notes that the magnifying effect of the water gives it enormous feet. My day started not with swans but geese, as a large skein flew over the garden just after breakfast with a lot of honkingContinue reading “Two trips”

Wrong sort of miles

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  As well as seals and curlews, his new house offers him fine sunrises as he walks his dogs. We had a lovely crisp and sunny morning here, perfect for cycling if I had had any go about me.  Sadly, my go was gone and I was stillContinue reading “Wrong sort of miles”

Rolled up trouser leg

Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce’s holiday on Arran.  He saw not only good views but some mighty fine rose hips. A brief report today as we have had another long day in Edinburgh.  This time we were visiting Matilda and her parents and we caught an early train and walked up Cockburn Street fromContinue reading “Rolled up trouser leg”

A typical summer day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She was visiting the Lake District a couple of days ago and enjoyed the same good weather as we have been having.  She took this picture from the top of a double decker bus while she was going from Grasmere to Keswick. After the excitements of theContinue reading “A typical summer day”

A great day

No guest picture today but a portrait of Cornet Little, who carried the town’s flag today. We had been promised all sorts of weather, thunderstorms, steady rain, occasional drizzle but in the end, we got a beautiful day for our Common Riding and it was shirtsleeve order until the very end of the day whenContinue reading “A great day”