Slow train

Today’s picture from the phone of Mrs Tootlepedal’s nephew Julian, shows his wife Emma in a familiar pose a couple of weeks ago in front of a famous building. It was a chilly but calm morning after the wind and rain of yesterday and Dropscone duly turned up ready for the morning run.  Paddockhole wasContinue reading “Slow train”

The rainy season

Today’s picture, which was just sent to torment me, shows the lovely weather that my sister Susan is enjoying in Croatia. We couldn’t have been further away from Croatia weather wise than we were here today as it was cold, dark and wet when we got up and apart from one or two brighter moments,Continue reading “The rainy season”

The best butter

Today’s picture, from one of my recorder playing friend Susan’s walks, shows that those in charge of maintaining the track to the top of Whita Hill haven’t quite grasped the principles of drainage yet.  Mind you, it did rain a lot. There were no drainage problems for Dropscone and me as we went round theContinue reading “The best butter”

Thrice visited

Today’s picture shows the Market Place in Langholm.  The bunting is in preparation for Langholm’s Great Day. In marked contrast to our recent weather, we had another fine day today and I got up early and went up to the moorland feeder station because Cat Barlow had told me that she would be ringing birdsContinue reading “Thrice visited”

Miserable morning

Today’s picture is another from my brother’s visit to a bird sanctuary.  It is a takahe and must be the most thoroughly ringed bird in the world. It was another lovely, sunny day today.  Sadly for the frog, it was below freezing and the frogspawn in the pond was thoroughly frozen.  I was quite pleasedContinue reading “Miserable morning”

In and around

Today’s picture shows an example of Mrs Tootlepedal’s craft skills.  I can’t say what it is because we don’t talk about it when it’s in the room. She has been working very hard to get it finished for the festive season.  Today was an ideal day for indoor work because for most of the morning,Continue reading “In and around”

Non slip

Today’s picture is another from my brother Andrew in New Zealand.  It shows a kaka, or brown parrot. We had another brilliantly sunny, still day to day with subzero temperatures which lasted the whole day.  It was definitley frosty. The goldfinches were feeling the chill. Though some were trying to get warm through exercise. IContinue reading “Non slip”

Golf at second hand

Today’s picture from her recent holiday in the Lake District was sent to me by my sister Mary. We woke to a light dusting of snow and below zero temperatures.  At last, I thought, a chance to wear the yaktrax.  To my disappointment, when I went out of the back door, the path was completelyContinue reading “Golf at second hand”

Wet walk

Today’s picture is another look at our resident robin…or it may be one  of a string of robins that visit us.  All robins look a bit the same to me. It was another gloomy morning and the only colour came from the birds. I think that the chaffinch gives an idea of the dampness ofContinue reading “Wet walk”

A bit of a frost

Today’s picture shows a chaffinch enjoying the sunshine I too would have enjoyed the sun if it hadn’t been freezing as well as sunny.  This put paid to the morning run as neither Dropscone or myself harbours any ambition to fall off in icy conditions.  We’ve tried it and it’s no fun at all. IContinue reading “A bit of a frost”