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”

Making a splash

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a decent day recently to enjoy swanning around at his local boating pond. We didn’t enjoy a decent day here today, so our daughter and granddaughter, Annie and Evie, spent most of the day sheltering from the rain indoors. There wasn’t a dull moment though.Continue reading “Making a splash”

A day with a pedal and a tootle

Today’s guest picture is another from Simon’s recent walk to Langholm from Canonbie. He found the sun shining directly along this track. We had a very cold night here, with temperatures as low as -6°C overnight. It was still -3° at breakfast time . . . . . . but it was very dry, soContinue reading “A day with a pedal and a tootle”

Four bridges and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was visiting the village of Melbourne today, and enjoyed its old world atmosphere (though he wouldn’t like to live there). We had a grey and windy day here today. It was very windy at times, but not windy enough to do any noticeable damage. I cycledContinue reading “Four bridges and a tootle”

A day of toddling and tootling

Today’s scenic guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He says that they have started to pick the table grapes there. I apologise before I start as took far too many pictures today so I will stuff as many as I can into galleries so that they can be easily slid overContinue reading “A day of toddling and tootling”

A pedal and a tootle

Today’s guest picture is the third and last from Venetia’s recent walk. As well as the bridge and the lime kiln, she visited this attractive little harbour. Looking at the forecast a few days ago, it seemed that today would be the best day of the week for a pedal. As it turned out, yesterdayContinue reading “A pedal and a tootle”

Another birthday

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She saw this fishy sculpture beside the sea, and, in a sign of the times, she tells me that it is entirely filled with plastic rubbish picked up from the beach. It was Mrs Tootlepedal’s birthday today. She is a remarkable person, and has now been sixtyContinue reading “Another birthday”

An unexpected opportunity

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. It shows that they have autumn colour in London too. We woke to sub zero temperatures (-2°C) but some cheerful sunshine made up for the cold. I had a look at the birds after breakfast . . . . . . and then went for a shortContinue reading “An unexpected opportunity”

Tootling business but no pedal

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. It shows that even a parked drilling rig looks golden in East Wemyss. We woke up (rather late) to a chilly, but bright and calm morning. It had been my intention to go out for an after breakfast cycle ride if I got up early enough andContinue reading “Tootling business but no pedal”

A delayed farewell to a musical friend

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent Mary Jo’s trip to the Rockies. She took this fine view from the road as they drove along. Today’s post is the wrong way round as I want to start with the most important part of the day and that was the evening. I caught the 5.20Continue reading “A delayed farewell to a musical friend”