Clouded vision

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia.  She visited the Haynes International Motor Museum with my sister Mary and saw many wonderful motor cars, including this 1900 Clement Voiturette. When you look back at them, there are some days which seem to rather slip through your grasp and you never really get aContinue reading “Clouded vision”

A smart woman

Today’s guest picture comes from Mrs Tootlepedal and features one of our plums. The picture itself might not seem to be earth shattering but the fact that Mrs Tootlepedal took on her new smart phone and emailed it to me, is a giant leap for her into a whole new world of tech. The acquisitionContinue reading “A smart woman”

Rained in

Today’s appropriate guest picture comes from my brother Andrew, who came across this ‘brolly art’ on a visit to Banbury. Mrs Tootlepedal bought some sunflower seed this year which promised low growing multi stemmed flowers.  There was obviously a ringer in the packet though, as one plant is about nine foot high…. …and can onlyContinue reading “Rained in”

Going a bit too far

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who went to the Taunton Flower Show.  You can read about her adventures here. Sad to say, her favourite arrangement in the ‘At the Garden Gate’ class was disqualified for using artificial grass. We had quite a lot of rain and wind overnight and it wasContinue reading “Going a bit too far”

In the garden

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who was taking some refreshment in Russell Square when she noticed that she was being watched. We had a day of almost uninterrupted sunshine and light winds, ideal for pottering about the garden so this is what I did.  I thought of going for a bike rideContinue reading “In the garden”

On the up again

Today’s guest picture comes from Matilda’s grandfather Francis.  He was there to watch Matilda trying out Mrs Tootlepedal’s restored rocking horse a day or two ago under the watchful eye of her grandmother, Eileen. (Those wondering about Matilda’s hand gesture are obviously not familiar with Woody from Toy Story.) We have had several inches ofContinue reading “On the up again”

Saluting our organist

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan.  She was having a cup of coffee beside the Paddington Canal basin when she was  greeted by an appropriate bear. The main business of the morning was the Common Riding church service where a presentation was made to our choirmaster and organist Henry, this year’s cornet.  WeContinue reading “Saluting our organist”

Pottering about

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Fountains Abbey.  As well as some impressive ruins, it has a lovely garden. We had a very nice summer day here today, warm and calm and often sunny.  It might well have been a good day for a pedal but the recent travelling about andContinue reading “Pottering about”

Going, going, going and finally gone

Today’s guest picture, sent to me by my son Tony, is a slightly fuzzy snapshot of members of his family enjoying the rock pools at East Wemyss.  They seem to be settling in well. I did some settling in myself today.  I got up, had breakfast and then settled back in bed for a snooze. Continue reading “Going, going, going and finally gone”

Noun: Sconcompedaltoot – Defn: A perfect day

Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle-on-Tyne correspondent and shows her children posing beside Stephenson’s Rocket. It rained several times today but disappointingly not enough to register any amount on Mary Jo’s scientific rain gauge.  Still, the lightness of the occasional drizzle and the sunny spells in between allowed me to spend a productive andContinue reading “Noun: Sconcompedaltoot – Defn: A perfect day”