Driven to despair

Today’s guest picture is a composite of chillis grown and photographed by our sons Anthony and Alistair, with one grown by Mrs Tootlepedal and photographed by me. The title of this post was meant to be a lightly amusing reference to the fact that I played golf with Dropscone today for the first time inContinue reading “Driven to despair”

Bullseye

Today’s guest picture comes from South African exile Tom. He wasn’t able to visit Langholm for the Common Riding this year so went for a walk at home yesterday instead. Like the early risers in Langholm, he enjoyed a fine sunrise. After yesterday’s untypical heat, we were back to more normal summer temperatures today withContinue reading “Bullseye”

Blown off course again

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie and shows a fig from her garden. We had a day without rain today and very welcome it was too. Sandy came down to join us for coffee, and thanks to the very strong wind, we had a morning coffee meeting inside, the first time since theContinue reading “Blown off course again”

Walking the walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh cycling correspondent Keiron. He spotted this serene family of swans making their way up the canal. We had hardly a blink of that nice sunshine here today as it was another cloudy and cool day, but the rain in general held off until the late afternoon and eveningContinue reading “Walking the walk”

Mysterious things

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbours Libbie and Irving. It shows their view of the rambler rose on the fence between us. Irving says he modestly takes the credit when visitors compliment him on his lovely rose. There was rain during the night and the soil in the garden seemed very wet when weContinue reading “Mysterious things”

A rewarding walk.

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She encountered an unusual elephant in Regent’s Park while meeting a friend. I was a bit surprised to hear some heavy rain beating down on the house when I woke up, but by the time that I had actually got up for breakfast, the rain had stoppedContinue reading “A rewarding walk.”

Rising to the occasion

Today’s guest picture is a very unusual white thistle spotted by our neighbour Liz on one of her morning walks. I didn’t really surface today until coffee time, delayed by a tricky crossword, a phone call from our daughter and general laziness. But to save time later, I combined coffee in the garden with aContinue reading “Rising to the occasion”

Another morning pedal

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Sharon. She was out last night to see the town being painted red. Well, not exactly painted, more all lit up. It was a message called ‘Light it in Red’ . The Buccleuch Centre was illuminated by Centre Stage Theatre to bring attention to the current plight ofContinue reading “Another morning pedal”

Adding a little spike to our life

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset corespondent, Venetia. She visited the coast at Klive and saw this very ‘geological’ cliff. When Mrs Tootlepedal went into the utility room to wash her hands this morning, she found that the floor was rather messy. Her first and very natural instinct was to wonder what I hadContinue reading “Adding a little spike to our life”

Bad decision

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz who encountered this large snail when out on her morning walk. She got away safely though. The forecast offered a still, dry and cool morning, followed by an afternoon of light rain. A sensible fellow would have been off on his bike while the going was good.Continue reading “Bad decision”

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