Out in the sun

Just to remind us of how lucky we are to get generally kindly weather here, Lucie from Brandon in Manitoba has sent me today’s guest picture. They get five months of winter there, and visits from rather ferocious wild turkeys too. You can see one on her neighbour’s doorstep if you look closely. We hadContinue reading “Out in the sun”

A job well done

Today’s guest picture shows Chaddesden Church. Rupert Brooke asks, “Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?” My brother Andrew replied that the clock stood at ten to two and the nearby cafe was closed! We had a bright and frosty morning here, and the cold weather hadContinue reading “A job well done”

Perfect practice

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He came across these unusual wooden butterflies on a visit with friends to the Markeaton Park Dementia Friendly Walled Garden in Derby. After a slightly warmer night, we got a slightly warmer day which was very welcome, though it was still a “coats on for coffee inContinue reading “Perfect practice”

Deja vu

Today’s guest picture comes from Elaine, the sister in law of our neighbour Liz. She is over on the east coast enjoying some fine weather at Beadnell Bay in Northumberland. We had some fine weather here too today, but sadly it didn’t even last until coffee time. It clouded over abruptly, and we sat inContinue reading “Deja vu”

Home and awhey

Today’s guest picture comes from my occasional correspondent Elaine. She found the pond at the Lockerbie nature reserve well frozen the other day. As the pond was a curling rink in a previous existence, there must be ex-curlers looking at it with regret. We had another grey and chilly day here today, but it didn’tContinue reading “Home and awhey”

Got there at last

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. As well as rain and snow in recent days, he has seen an owl too. Our run of cool days continued but once again we didn’t get a frost, although the thermometer wasn’t far above zero. It was pretty still again in spite of low pressure andContinue reading “Got there at last”

Jam today

Today’s guest picture is another showing my missed opportunity yesterday. As well as Tessa, my friend Gavin found a moment to rush up the hill, and got there in the nick of time before the mist burnt off. He was pleased that he went. We got up to a lovely sunny morning today and notContinue reading “Jam today”

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”

Ten minutes of rain

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She mowed her lawn today but tells me not to look too closely at it.  It looks good to me. We had another lovely morning and as a result, Mrs Tootlepedal had to spend a good deal of the day watering the garden.  Even after a goodContinue reading “Ten minutes of rain”

Winter draws (back on)

Today’s guest picture is a delightful pastoral scene which my Somerset correspondent Venetia captured a week ago on one of her permitted walks. The temperature was back to being well down in single figures again this morning and I dressed accordingly when I got up after my usual lockdown morning routine of leisurely breakfast andContinue reading “Winter draws (back on)”