A summer day (and night)

Today’s guest picture comes from the phone camera of our younger son, Al who took it while sitting on the new bench in our garden this afternoon. It is a very smart device which not only takes the pictures that he wants but often takes one or two just before and/or just after he hasContinue reading “A summer day (and night)”

Farewell to sun, sea and sand

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who was beside the river on a sunny day in Nottingham. For our last day beside the sea in East Lothian, we got continuous sunshine.  This was very welcome.  I put my nose out of the back gate to check the temperature… …and found that it wasContinue reading “Farewell to sun, sea and sand”

The sun was late

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz who popped into our garden and kindly sent me this confirmation that our alliums are doing well.  It is good to have people keeping an eye on things while we are away. The spell of sunny weather was put on hold today and we woke to aContinue reading “The sun was late”

More sun, more sea, more sand

Today’s guest picture comes from our older son Tony who is working in Fife and took the opportunity to walk along the Fife Coastal Path from Anstruther to Crail today. We had good weather on the south side of the Forth too. Mrs Tootlepedal and I spent some of the morning on the beach watchingContinue reading “More sun, more sea, more sand”

Edinburgh lawn care

Today’s guest picture shows an old bridge with more arches than water.  It came from my brother Andrew.  He tells me that it is the Segovia bridge in Madrid, over the river Manzanares. Completed in 1584, it is the oldest bridge in the city – the architect was ‎Juan de Herrera The over night rainContinue reading “Edinburgh lawn care”

Terrifying ladybird

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom.  He sent me this delightful view, taken on his morning walk in South Africa. There are far too many pictures in today’s post but when the sun shines after so much gloom, it is hard to stop the shutter finger clicking. It was a beautiful day inContinue reading “Terrifying ladybird”

Turning back the clock

Today’s guest picture is another form Irving’s Highland fishing trip.  As well as an old bridge, he caught a new one too. After some days which have had hints of spring about them, we had a return to cold weather today.  As the sky was blue and the sun was out, this was a bitContinue reading “Turning back the clock”

All action

Today’s guest picture comes from my next door neighbour Irving who is spending the festive season visiting his son and family in Florida.  The picture shows some of the  20 to 30 ibis they see outside the house every day. We had another sunny day here today but the temperature was at zero when weContinue reading “All action”

Almost a white Christmas

Today’s guest picture, taken by Alistair, shows Matilda and her mother Clare enjoying a good book. The miserable weather gave us a break today and we even got a sunny spell.  It was quite a bit cooler but as it kept a few degrees above freezing, no one was complaining. After some early dancing withContinue reading “Almost a white Christmas”

That 11 seconds passed in a flash

Today’s guest picture was taken by a guest, our son Al, of a guest, his daughter Matilda. We didn’t really enjoy our extra 11 seconds of daylight today.  There were two reasons for this, firstly because it was so gloomy that it was hard to tell daylight from night and secondly because we were veryContinue reading “That 11 seconds passed in a flash”