The hills are alive . . .

Today’s guest picture comes from Paul, my Lancashire correspondent, who is currently in the Lake District. He visited Levens Hall, famous for its topiary. We had a fine, warm but pretty windy day here. Mrs Tootlepedal spent a lot of it in the garden, but she found time after coffee with Margaret to cycle aContinue reading “The hills are alive . . .”

Party time

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend and neighbour Gavin. He was on North Uist today and was impressed by the amount of work two crofters had put in to provide their only source of heat for the coming year. We had a generally sunny but very windy day here, with some gusts making usContinue reading “Party time”

A dig, a jab and a doddle

Today’s guest picture is a good example of swanning about. My brother Andrew took the picture of the River Soar while visiting his son Nick who lives beside the river. We had a warmish, dry day here without the benefit of much sunshine, so it was quite annoying to hear the weather people on theContinue reading “A dig, a jab and a doddle”

Strictly for the birds

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s sunny visit to Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton. Our day here started with some sunshine, and even though a sharp shower intruded, it was only a brief interlude, and I was able to cycle up to the town to pay my account at the newsagent and collect some suppliesContinue reading “Strictly for the birds”

A wet walk

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He had good company, weather, and scenery on a recent cycle outing. We were definitely short of good weather here, as it rained all day, not heavily but persistently. Luckily I had things to do indoors in the morning. First, I made bread inContinue reading “A wet walk”

Sight reading

Today’s guest picture was taken near Dunbar yesterday by our friend Gavin. He had gone to the East coast for his walk and had got some sunny but windy weather. The bridge crosses the river Tyne, but is only usable when the tide is out, as otherwise it is marooned in the middle of theContinue reading “Sight reading”

The open road

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He walked across this fine metal viaduct at Bennerley, built in 1877 by the Great Northern Railway Company. At over quarter of a mile long, it is the longest wrought iron viaduct in the country. It straddles the River Erewash connecting Ilkeston in Derbyshire with Awsworth inContinue reading “The open road”

Rising above myself

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She saw light at the end of a tunnel and found that it was a canal. My cold improved slightly today, and I felt a good deal perkier. The weather did not respond and was chilly and misty . . . . . . and the viewContinue reading “Rising above myself”

Feeling the cold

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She came across this fine seasonal decoration near Tower Bridge on a recent outing. As an addition to the Covid situation, we have got an outbreak of avian flu in our area, and I saw several of these signs on my cycle ride yesterday. Perhaps as aContinue reading “Feeling the cold”

Unsupported

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. It shows my sister Susan chatting to an old friend in Granary Square in London. (Susan notes that the flowers are plastic.) After an inch and a half of rain overnight, we woke to a grey and drizzly morning here. Chaffinches didn’t seem to mind the rainContinue reading “Unsupported”