Spirits and mist lifted

Today’s guest picture shows a Nottingham Inn dating from 1493 which my brother Andrew passed on his way to the university there. It was calm and dry when I got up but it wasn’t warm.  John in the shop called it ‘fresh’ and my neighbour Liz called it ‘snell’ and at a miserly 6°C whenContinue reading “Spirits and mist lifted”

Unconfined joy

Today’s guest picture is the second portrait of Tony’s dogs by Tash.  It looks as though the dogs had had a New Year’s splash even if Tony hadn’t. We were promised better weather today and we got it but it took some time to arrive as we were covered in mist for most of theContinue reading “Unconfined joy”

The darkest hour

Today’s guest picture was taken by our daughter Annie as she stopped off in Hong Kong on her way back from Macao. We should have been in celebratory mood today as it is the winter solstice and the start of a new year but Mrs Tootlepedal’s cold had got a bit worse and she wiselyContinue reading “The darkest hour”

I remember how to do it

Today’s guest picture shows a regular visitor to Irving’s feeder. I start today’s post with an item from yesterday.  Just after I had put the blog to bed, there were loud noises outside.  It was a very misty night and the pink footed geese might well have been lost and checking where the rest ofContinue reading “I remember how to do it”

Mist again

Today’s guest picture is another Christmas cracker from my son Tony in Edinburgh. We had been promised that temperatures would start to rise by today but it turned out that this happy state of affairs was delayed and the lawn was frosty again when we woke up. It took until about 7 o’clock in theContinue reading “Mist again”

Monument, mist and memorial

Today’s guest picture involves an elaborate play on words.  Whereas a recent guest picture showed a links in Spain where Dropscone played golf and photographed, today’s guest picture shows a lynx in Spain which Venetia saw and photographed. We had another dry and sunny day today, the third without rain in a row.  We areContinue reading “Monument, mist and memorial”

Gently weeping

For today’s guest picture, I have gone back into my files and found this wild eyed, tongue-sticking-out carving which my brother noticed on a visit to the Guildhall in Exeter in January. It was a day when the clouds came right down to the ground so although it was warm enough at 10 degrees CContinue reading “Gently weeping”

Play misty for me

Today’s guest picture is another from Irving’s Brecon canal trip.  I think that these are these are the top two locks in the Llangynidr flight of five.   I do like a nice lock and this picture has two. After our bright snowy interlude, we reverted to more normal weather and woke up to a greyContinue reading “Play misty for me”

Tension

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to Madeira and shows ‘Autonomia’, a monument to celebrate Madeira’s regional autonomy in 1976. It was another chilly but sunny morning here and it looked as though it might well be one of those days when a trip up a hill could be rewarded by some delightfullyContinue reading “Tension”

Mist, a marathon but no tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from  Edinburgh and shows Matilda, who may not be hiding quite as well as she thinks. We had a still and chilly morning so it was no surprise to find some mist about. Mrs Tootlepedal, in her restless search for entertainment, went off to the church choir annual social and coffeeContinue reading “Mist, a marathon but no tootle”