Mirror, mirror

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent Mary Jo. It is an orchid cactus. Mary Jo tells me that it over winters in her basement storage room and gets no attention. It does well, all the same. We had another very good summer day here today, with temperatures rising to 25°C (77°F) in theContinue reading “Mirror, mirror”

Goodbye, hello

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was on a father’s day walk with his boys today when he met these two interesting customers. We had a fine summer day here, with plenty of sun, warm temperatures and not too much wind. It is a pity that almost perfect cycling days often seemContinue reading “Goodbye, hello”

Back in the groove again

Today’s guest picture(s) come from Dropscone’s holiday in Devon. He took a trip on the Babbacombe cliff railway. We had a very familiar sort of day here now that we are back home. We rose rather late to let us recover from the journey yesterday, and then we had coffee with our neighbour Margaret. ItContinue reading “Back in the groove again”

International travel

Today’s guest picture comes from none other than Mrs Tootlepedal herself. She has been going round the garden taking pictures with her tablet for her records so that she can remember what the garden looked like this year when she is planning for next year. This is her view of the front garden. It wasContinue reading “International travel”

Some business and a little stretch

Today’s guest picture comes from my South African correspondent, Tom. He came across this tense stand off between a cat and a hadeda. Tom tells me that he sided with the bird and chased the cat away. We had a rather grey and windy morning here after more overnight rain. When I went out intoContinue reading “Some business and a little stretch”

Short and sweet

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a big football supporter in Nottingham. We had another fine summer day here today. On these hot days, Mrs Tootlepedal’s plan is to be busy in the garden in the morning, and relax in the afternoon. I take the opposite view, and take the morningContinue reading “Short and sweet”

Modified ambition

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He found a lonely poppy. The forecasters were right and we got a summer day today. After breakfast, I went out in to the garden. My focus was on peonies. We cycled off to church in sunshine and a cheerful mood. We had an adventurousContinue reading “Modified ambition”

Flowers wild and tame

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who spotted a colourful array of boats in a local harbour. We had a cool, grey day here today. There had been some overnight drizzle but it didn’t amount to anything. It had left its mark on the flowers in the garden though when I went outContinue reading “Flowers wild and tame”

Taking a chance

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony, who grew this fine flower in his garden. We had another showery day here today and unlike yesterday, there were no sunny intervals, just times when it was raining and times when it wasn’t raining. One of the side effects of lockdown seems to be unfortunate typosContinue reading “Taking a chance”

A ride of four halves

Today’s guest picture comes from another visit to Regents Park by my sister Mary. She would like to be playing tennis there, but that is not possible yet so she enjoys the flowers instead. We had another unpromising morning and light drizzle put paid to a garden coffee meeting. Luckily a rather annoying crossword keptContinue reading “A ride of four halves”