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)”

The B picture

I have got a great many potential guest pictures of the day on hand at the moment so if I don’t use them all, I apologise.  Today’s is a starfish which our son Tony spotted while out on a walk recently. We had a wildly different and exciting day today…..no, I am fibbing there.  WeContinue reading “The B picture”

Bedding in

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Gavin who is making friends with a cactus out in Spain while we shiver here. We had some equivalent sunshine at the start of the day…. …but it couldn’t disguise the fact that it was jolly chilly again and I had to put a coat on as IContinue reading “Bedding in”

Sunny Sunday morning

Today’s guest picture is another from Bruce. He found this signpost near Carlisle and thinks that it might be of more interest to cyclists than motorists. There had been wild talk of 7°C in the forecasts for today but the reality was 3° when we woke and 4.5° when Mrs Tootlepedal went off to churchContinue reading “Sunny Sunday morning”

Straightforward (and back)

pain Today’s guest picture shows sunset over the Mersey.  My brother is in Liverpool. It was a calm day with a good forecast so when Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing with the church choir, I got the fairly speedy bike out and made good use of some light Sunday traffic by cycling up theContinue reading “Straightforward (and back)”