Toured out

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia’s trip to Cornwall. The picture shows the Burma Bridge in the Lost Gardens of Heligan. I had grand plans for a long cycle ride today as the weather was forecast to be cool with light winds. However, I was very tired when I woke up, andContinue reading “Toured out”

Keeping our cool

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He, Clare and Matilda visited a well known landmark on their way back from a dance competition this afternoon. (Matilda was doing the dancing and did very well.) The scale of the Kelpies can be judged from the people walking round them. We had another genuine summerContinue reading “Keeping our cool”

Singing, biking and shopping

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She has been visiting Cornwall, where she found this military display of sunflowers all in a row. Our sunflowers are not nearly out yet but the sun was certainly out here today, and we had another lovely summer day. We cycled to church in the morning,Continue reading “Singing, biking and shopping”

Scones, jam and cream

Today’s guest picture of these lovely roses comes from my brother Andrew. On a grey and occasionally rainy morning, Mrs Tootlepedal was hard at work soon after breakfast making scones. I rushed round to the shop and bought biscuits and a pot of double cream. The reason for this preparation? The imminent arrival of ourContinue reading “Scones, jam and cream”

A welcome return

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She found this splendid knobbly tree when she visited Milton Lodge Gardens, near Wells. We had another day here where the enjoyment of some welcome sunshine was tempered by very brisk winds. We got out into the garden though, and spent quite a bit of timeContinue reading “A welcome return”

Picking the low hanging fruit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He went to Tamworth to go skiing in the SnowDome, but found it was closed for a private function. Ever one to turn a disappointment into an opportunity, he went to visit Tamworth Castle instead. We had another gloomy and grey day here today, and it wasContinue reading “Picking the low hanging fruit”

Enjoyable sitting around

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. There are fruit trees planted in his neighbourhood, with the fruit freely available for passers by to pick and eat on their walks. We had another grey day here, but as it stayed dry and the wind was very gentle, it was pleasant enough. Mind you, itContinue reading “Enjoyable sitting around”

A dull day, but with scones

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She looked out of her window at just the right moment to see a sparrowhawk visiting her garden. The most exciting thing to visit our garden today was undoubtedly Dropscone, who came for coffee. He is always welcome, especially when he comes bearing home made sconesContinue reading “A dull day, but with scones”

A pedal and a tootle!

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce who was beside the Tarras Water today. I expect that this golden-ringed dragonfly was having a rest as it was obviously tired. We had another mostly grey but dry day here today, still a bit cool for the time of the year, but there was nothing toContinue reading “A pedal and a tootle!”

And finally . . .

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent Paul who is on a visit to the Lake District. He climbed Cat Bells and got this fine view of Derwent Water. Although the forecast had been full of rain, it was another case of “rain later” today, and we woke up to a quiet dry dayContinue reading “And finally . . .”