Another (very small) mountain to climb

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She took a boat trip down the river Thames to Greenwich today and passed the famous Cutty Sark which these days seems to float on a building. Our current cold spell got colder today. The overnight temperature dropped to -5°C (22°°F) at breakfast time and didn’t riseContinue reading “Another (very small) mountain to climb”

A day for soup and a brisk walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. In spite of some morning frost, he still had some fine autumn colour to enjoy in Derby today. We had the first really frosty day of the winter today here with the thermometer touching -4°C (25°F) over night and staying below freezing until coffee time. It wasContinue reading “A day for soup and a brisk walk”

Spicing up my life

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He came across this unusual bee sculpture from Manchester made out of seized knives and firearms. It is touring Derbyshire to promote anti-violence policies. We had another cold day here, with a little rain in the morning, but it was mostly dry and sometimes bright. I startedContinue reading “Spicing up my life”

Inflated expectations

Today’s guest picture comes from Mrs Tootlepedal. She cycled up to the tree nursery today and took a picture just to show that she had got there. The seedlings are in winter mode now. We had a much better day of weather here today, with no clouds sitting on the town. It didn’t go soContinue reading “Inflated expectations”

Again and again

Today’s guest picture comes from my camera club friend Simon. He has reached the Isle of Lewis on his Highland tour. This is the Dun Carloway Broch, probably constructed in 200 BC. It has walls so thick that a staircase goes up the middle of them. December started as November finished, with a cold, greyContinue reading “Again and again”

Not the foggiest

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She saw this Victorian typewriter in a museum of brands in London and thought that it looked interesting. I agree. We woke up to a very misty and chilly morning with the temperature just above freezing. Both the mist and the temperature lifted during the day,Continue reading “Not the foggiest”

Home again

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce. He has noticed a subtle change in our post vans over the last month. After an early (by our standards) breakfast, we waved goodbye to our daughter and granddaughter, caught the tube from Stockwell to Euston, found our comfortable seats on the train to Carlisle, and proceededContinue reading “Home again”

A tootle but no pedal

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce. He was sitting at the window of a cafe in Longtown counting the number of wheels on a passing wagon’s trailer as one does (16 as it happens) when he was struck by this coat of arms on the pull down side of another passing vehicle. ThereContinue reading “A tootle but no pedal”

A bridge too far

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend and ex-work colleague Ada. She has been on Tenerife and sent me this atmospheric picture of the Tiede Volcanic National Park there. We had another day here that was better than we might have expected from the forecast of a few days ago, generally cloudy and quite breezy,Continue reading “A bridge too far”

Nursery slopes

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He and his daughter Matilda have been cooking up Halloween treats. Although there was a little shower of rain in the morning, generally today was a much better day than we expected. We had so many visitors for coffee that they had to work in shifts. SandyContinue reading “Nursery slopes”