A strange encounter

Today’s guest picture shows a stone which was so covered in colourful lichen that my neighbour Liz thought that it looked like a concealed tiger when she saw it deep in the woods. After a busy day yesterday, I was quite happy to have a quiet morning today and so I was more than pleasedContinue reading “A strange encounter”

An unexpected outing

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone.  He is lurking in the south of England while visiting his eldest son and took the opportunity to visit Chartwell, home of Winston Churchill. The day started badly as we woke to the sound of heavy rain but I was not deterred.  After breakfast, I put on my waterproofContinue reading “An unexpected outing”

The tragedy of Hamlet

Today’s guest picture was taken by Bruce on a visit to Sheffield.  He thinks that the car owner may have forgotten where he parked the car. We had to put up with yet another  boringly fine and dry day today but we bore this with great fortitude and hardly complained at all. Once again itContinue reading “The tragedy of Hamlet”

Trouser time

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba and shows a really good excuse for taking a break from a painting job. Our good spell of weather ended with a day of strong winds.  However, the promised rain turned out to be no more than one or two early showers and I found aContinue reading “Trouser time”

Hopes dashed

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Bruce.  He and his wife visited the far western end of the Roman Wall yesterday and enjoyed this signpost which they found there.  (Wallsend is at the eastern end of the wall.) I was very hopeful that since today was the first day of the new school termContinue reading “Hopes dashed”

One step at a time

Today’s guest picture shows a bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal crossed by my brother Andrew on a recent visit to Stoke-on-Trent on a rainy day. We had a better day today as far as the weather went.  The sun was not in evidence but neither was the wind, with the result that itContinue reading “One step at a time”

Fairwell, my lovely

As the Open Golf Tournament starts tomorrow at St Andrew’s, I thought that it would be appropriate to have another of Dropscone’s east coast golf course pictures as the guest offering today. The title of today’s post, which I stole from Raymond Chandler, explains why I had to get up at four o’clock this morning,Continue reading “Fairwell, my lovely”

It takes two to tootle

Today’s guest picture, sent by my sister Mary, shows Mr Grumpy’s London cousin trying to pass himself off as a swan or goose at the Serpentine. We were threatened with rain today but in the end it didn’t arrive until the evening and we had a dry, cool day instead.  I had to begin theContinue reading “It takes two to tootle”

A farewell meal

Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s Lake District trip and shows the path to Easedale Tarn. If only I could have persuaded myself to get up at 6 o’clock when I opened my eyes to see strong sunshine outside, I would have been able to make the best of the day.  AsContinue reading “A farewell meal”

Strictly for the birds

Today’s guest picture shows that the weather must be better in the south than it is here because my sister Mary saw this tremendous display of colour in the Isabella Plantation in  Richmond Park yesterday. We had a nice sunny day here today which was welcome but the brisk and chilly wind that came withContinue reading “Strictly for the birds”