A certain lack of excitement

Today’s guest picture shows a very knobbly tree spotted by my neighbour Liz when she was down near Oundle. Yesterday, the weather forecast had said that it would be fine in the morning and wet in the afternoon today but in the event, the day was wet in the morning and fine in the afternoon.Continue reading “A certain lack of excitement”


Today’s guest picture comes from my daughter Annie.  When I saw it, I wondered if she had gone to Holland but it turned out that she was just wandering on Wimbledon Common in the heart of London. Not only did she have windmills on her walk but she had sun too.  There was no sunContinue reading “Re-clouting”

No clout casting

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Bruce who has been up in the north.  It shows a tribute to Tim Baillie a canoeing gold medallist in the last Olympic Games.  It was put up by the Westhill Rotary Club.  Some research tells me that this gold medal came as a bit of aContinue reading “No clout casting”


Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s recent Lake District holiday.  It shows Grasmere.  She takes lovely pictures. It was a bit warmer when I got up today but it didn’t feel much warmer because of the dratted wind which was still blowing strongly.  It took me some time to summon up theContinue reading “Programmed”

That warm feeling

Today’s guest picture is another from Liz’s visit to the Chelsea Flower show.  It shows the much admired Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth garden.  It is difficult to know what to think about it without actually being in it. It was Dropscone’s 74th birthday today and he celebrated by going round his favourite 20 mile morning cycle rideContinue reading “That warm feeling”

Making an effort

Today’s guest picture shows the wonderful “Trees” in the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.  It was taken by Mike Tinker on his way home from NZ. We had a very welcome day with lots of sun and no rain.  It even felt pleasantly warm if you could get out of the wind.  The down side,Continue reading “Making an effort”

Into every life a drop of rain must fall

Today’s guest picture shows Matilda enjoying a train ride while returning from seeing her other grandparents in Cambridge.  It is planned that we shall see her visiting her great granny here at the weekend. It was a day of unpredictable and very heavy showers which made planning any cycle rides or walks very unattractive.  Instead,Continue reading “Into every life a drop of rain must fall”

Uphill work

Today’s guest picture comes in duplex form, courtesy of Irving Davidson and Alan Weatherstone who were both at the road side during the Muckletoon Adventure Festival’s cycle hill climb this evening.   They were kind enough to let me see the results of their expert photography.  In Irving’s picture on the left, I am going uphillContinue reading “Uphill work”

Mopping and mowing

Today’s guest picture shows a view of the Thames taken from Richmond Hill by my sister Mary.  It is hard to imagine that she was surrounded by the great London metropolis when she took it. Although I had enjoyed my cycling yesterday, I was back in trouble with my hip today and spent a veryContinue reading “Mopping and mowing”

Milk Round

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother-in-law Huseyin.  It shows the ferry across the Bosphorous at Istanbul where he was visiting family last month. I woke up this morning to find a dry day, light winds and painless knees.  I determined to make the best of this situation and when Mrs Tootlepedal went off toContinue reading “Milk Round”