A day of two halves

Today’s cheerful guest picture, taken by a co-operative member of staff, shows my three sisters, Mary, Susan and Caroline, meeting in a cafe in Chichester last week. We woke up to a disappointingly wet and chilly morning here today. As a result we drove the short distance to church, but on the bright side, theContinue reading “A day of two halves”

Winding down

Today’s guest picture is another of Laura’s from St Joseph, Michigan. We got up to some heavy showers and strong winds here today. It wasn’t the best weather for the last day of Clare, Alistair and Matilda’s stay with us, but we made the best of it. Mrs Tootlepedal had a busy morning taking theContinue reading “Winding down”

A distraction

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He abandoned the delights of East Wemyss to sample the new St James Quarter in Edinburgh. The St James Quarter replaces the old and unloved St James Centre which was recently demolished. He met a curious being while he was there. We had another cool, grey andContinue reading “A distraction”

Sing, walk, sing , cycle

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Simon, who is in Sandwich in Kent, helping with the preparations for the forthcoming Open Championship at the golf club there. He was much struck by the flint walls in the town. We had another very calm day here today, and this made an otherwise rather cool andContinue reading “Sing, walk, sing , cycle”

A doubly reflective walk

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He saw not just one, but two butterflies on his walk with his dogs today. We had a pleasantly warm and unusually calm day today. The temperature never got much above 18°C but thanks to the lack of wind, it felt warmer than that. We had coffeeContinue reading “A doubly reflective walk”

Nothing doing

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. I think this must have been a stopping point on her journey north. The offer of tea and cakes seems attractive. We had a better day here, slightly warmer and slightly less windy. As the sun often came out, it was much more pleasant in the garden too. ThisContinue reading “Nothing doing”

Mysterious things

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbours Libbie and Irving. It shows their view of the rambler rose on the fence between us. Irving says he modestly takes the credit when visitors compliment him on his lovely rose. There was rain during the night and the soil in the garden seemed very wet when weContinue reading “Mysterious things”

An adventure

Today’s guest picture comes from one of my brother Andrew’s walks in the countryside round Derby. He doesn’t have to go far from home to find some pleasantly spacious views. We had one of those days that figure in the old joke: if you don’t like the weather round here, wait for half an hourContinue reading “An adventure”

Cutting it fine

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair, and shows just the sort of delicious meal that we would be enjoying if we were allowed to go to Edinburgh to visit Matilda. We are missing Matilda but we are missing Al’s cooking too. We had a dry but windy day today, windy and chilly enoughContinue reading “Cutting it fine”

Short in the tooth

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair, and shows his daughter Matilda in the nice new dress which her Granny has made for her. No prizes for guessing the theme of the performance. We had much better weather today which was very welcome, but it turned out that I had lost a filling fromContinue reading “Short in the tooth”