Crocus focus

The guest picture of the day, taken by her husband through the car windscreen, comes from my Canadian correspondent Mary Jo, who has been visiting British Columbia. There is quite a lot of snow there as you can see from the road verges. She tells me that people get helicopter rides to the top ofContinue reading “Crocus focus”

At last a decent dose of sunshine

Today’s guest picture of table grapes comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He tells me that the grapes are grown in paper bags to avoid bird damage. It was quite a bit brighter than it has been here when we got up today, but it was not sunny. Two pairs of jackdaws wereContinue reading “At last a decent dose of sunshine”

More than a breath of fresh air

Today’s bright guest picture comes from my friend Simon. After sampling the sunshine on England’s northern fells last week, he went off to Europe to see what they could do there this week. We had another grey day here, slightly warmer than yesterday but much windier, especially in the afternoon. Mrs Tootlepedal went off onContinue reading “More than a breath of fresh air”

Crossing boundaries

Today’s guest picture is another of Laura’s views from the icy shores of Lake Michigan. After the drop in temperatures last night, I was expecting an icy morning here today. It was an agreeable surprise to find that warm air from the south had blown in, and the thermometer stood at a very reasonable andContinue reading “Crossing boundaries”

The open road

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba where cold is really cold. She was intrigued by this strange crack in the ice on the Assiniboine River. It was quite cold by our standards here this morning, but above freezing. On the other hand it was raining heavily so it didn’t score many marksContinue reading “The open road”

Holding back

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found some good weather today to visit the Lenton Firs summerhouse with its 200 year old rockery. It is in the grounds of Nottingham University. We had another fine, dry day here with light winds. It had been cold overnight and once again the day tookContinue reading “Holding back”