Plum pecker

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She visited a Roman villa with my sister Mary recently. Or, to be more correct, they visited a very detailed reconstruction of a Roma villa in the grounds of The Newt in Somerset. We had a warm and mostly cloudy day here, but it stayed dry.Continue reading “Plum pecker”

Swanning about

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. They don’t just have sun in East Wemyss, they have red admiral butterflies too. We had plenty of sun here today, and as it didn’t get hot but stayed around 18°C all day, it was a very pleasant late summer day. Glancing out of the window atContinue reading “Swanning about”

Our visitors arrive

Today’s guest picture is a composite of flower pictures taken in our garden by our granddaughter Matilda. She has brought her parents to stay with us for a few days. She took a lot of pictures and these were her favourites. She has a steady hand and a good eye. We had a cool greyContinue reading “Our visitors arrive”

An early morning surprise

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone, who has obviously arrived at Brixham in Devon, where he is visiting his oldest son. I was talking on the telephone to Mrs Tootlepedal last night when I idly remarked that I was intending to leap up at the crack of dawn and go for a cycle ride beforeContinue reading “An early morning surprise”

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 day of two halves

Today’s cheerful guest picture, taken by a co-operative member of staff, shows my three sisters, Mary, Susan and Caroline, meeting in a cafe in Chichester last week. We woke up to a disappointingly wet and chilly morning here today. As a result we drove the short distance to church, but on the bright side, theContinue reading “A day of two halves”

Baffled by the lack of rain

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He came across this field of crops heavily damaged by the recent bad weather in his area. In contrast, we had a very fine day here today with lots of sunshine. After the recent showery weather, it took some getting used to. At one stage, Alistair gotContinue reading “Baffled by the lack of rain”

A long day but not much doing

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who found himself standing under a bridge on the now empty Nottingham Canal. I suspect that one of his sons took the picture. It was decidedly cool this morning, and even though it was another still day, we needed a jumper on to go out in comfort.Continue reading “A long day but not much doing”

Better

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to the Haynes International Motor Museum.  This is a 1949 Jaguar 3.5 litre saloon and very nice too.  They keep the exhibits very well polished. The day started much as yesterday had finished, windy and grey. I wisely spent so much time over breakfast that by theContinue reading “Better”

Plum crazy

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who visited a Book Cafe but found that reading one of their books might be tricky.  He tells me that he didn’t bolt his coffee and cake though. This morning couldn’t have offered a greater contrast to yesterday’s summer weather.  The clouds were clamped down on theContinue reading “Plum crazy”