A cool air

Today’s picture shows a lighthouse at Whitley Bay where my friends Gavin and Gaye were recently on grandparenting duty. Although the day here promised to be sunny, it soon faded to a dull grey with a keenly nipping wind.  As I walked up to the town, a passer by described it to me with considerableContinue reading “A cool air”

Two windows of opportunity

Today’s picture shows a very nifty hat which Mrs Tootlepedal has just knitted for herself following a pattern sent to her by our daughter.  The colours come at random  from the multicoloured wool she used. Once again, there was a dry and almost sunny interval when time for the morning pedal came round.  Unfortunately theContinue reading “Two windows of opportunity”

Things going swimmingly

Today’s picture is of a very chubby baby siskin. The morning was cloudy with a hint of sun but the northerly winds were back so it was decidedly chilly for the time of year.  Dropscone arrived and we had another pedal where I peeled off after a while and left him to get on withContinue reading “Things going swimmingly”

Not at home

Today’s picture is of a bird in New Zealand sent to my sister Susan by a friend. It looks quite chilly there.  It was fairly warm but overcast here and at breakfast time, Sandy rang me up and asked if I wanted to visit a sand martin nest site.  As the forecast was for rainContinue reading “Not at home”

In hot water

Today’s picture is another charming Chinese scene from Bob and Nancy’s recent tour. It shows the garden of the master of the Nets in Suzhou but of course you knew that already. It was another lovely day and I had a pang at not being able to go out for a good pedal but IContinue reading “In hot water”

Gently does it

Today’s picture is a splendid gorge in Macedonia where my ever restless sister Susan has recently been on tour. I was following the new regime today and so I didn’t go cycling with Dropscone.  This wasn’t the loss it might have been because firstly it was raining and secondly, Dropscone came round for coffee anywayContinue reading “Gently does it”

A day of many rests

Today’s picture was sent to me by my son Tony just to show what a nice day it was in Edinburgh today. Any advertising is entirely coincidental. They all got sunburnt. We had another uncommonly warm and sunny day here again today after a chilly start. It is rather weird to have midsummer temperatures whenContinue reading “A day of many rests”

A tootle and a pedal (but not in that order).

Today’s picture is an improved view, taken by my sister Mary during a walk in better weather, of the magnolia at Kenwood. We had yet another dry day here too but in contrast to yesterday, the sun didn’t make it through the clouds apart from an hour or so in the morning.  We are inContinue reading “A tootle and a pedal (but not in that order).”

Minute improvement

Today’s picture shows the first wallflower to raise its head for this year. It was another grey, windy day but once again Dropscone arrived promptly for the morning pedal and we made it round without any unusual excitement and pleasingly, in a minute less than we did yesterday.  Any improvement is welcome.  There were noContinue reading “Minute improvement”

A sense of normality undermined by treacle

Today’s picture features a London bridge (not the London Bridge) from one of my sister Mary’ s walks round Kenwood. The powers that be, having held a conference, decided that they didn’t want to spoil us with too much sun and put it away for the day.  They sent a little wind to liven usContinue reading “A sense of normality undermined by treacle”