A longstanding complaint

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia, who knowing my taste for bridges, sent me this handsome example from the Kennet and Avon Canal at the Caen Hill locks. We had a very pleasant day today, and when the sun shone, which it did quite a lot, it felt much like summer again.Continue reading “A longstanding complaint”

Betrayed by indolence (and the weather forecast)

Today’s fine guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia.  She was luckier than us and was able to enjoy the eclipse of the moon last night.  We were clouded over. Although I had promised myself a bike ride in the morning before forecast rain arrived, I was not at my perkiest when I staggeredContinue reading “Betrayed by indolence (and the weather forecast)”

Cheesed off

Today’s guest picture comes from one of my brother Andrew’s Heart Walking Group’s outings.  They found themselves near Robin Hood’s Stride, a spectacular tor of gritstone rocks perched on a ridge in the Peak District.  My brother thought that he might nip up to the top of it but was thwarted by its steepness andContinue reading “Cheesed off”

Puffed back

Today’s guest picture was taken by camera club member Mairi on our Beamish outing last weekend, and shows that there isn’t just light a the end of the tunnel, there is a Tootlepedal too. Our spell of excellent weather continued today.  We had a sunny day but it wasn’t too hot so that was theContinue reading “Puffed back”

Collapse of plan (and planner)

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset corespondent Venetia.  She went to Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire to play music and had some time to look at a fine spiral staircase at the orangery while she was there. We had what looks as though it might be the last day of our warm and sunny spellContinue reading “Collapse of plan (and planner)”

At last, a pedal and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from Lucie, one of my Canadian correspondents, who took this fine view of  Lake Athapapaskow, a glacial lake in Manitoba, while on holiday. It took us some time to come to terms with the fact that it wasn’t raining when we woke up but I recovered from the shock and gotContinue reading “At last, a pedal and a tootle”

Quincentenary

Today’s guest picture is another from my daughter’s working trip to Venice.  After the storm had passed, she got a better view out of her office window. We woke to a brilliantly sunny morning and I got up into my cycle clothes, ready for a pedal in the sun.  A look at the thermometer, whichContinue reading “Quincentenary”

In training

Today’s guest pictures were sent to me by Langholm exile Tom and show that the South Africans are just as good at spoiling beautiful scenery with power lines as we are. We enjoyed the last day of our good weather today and I had a busy but uneventful time. It started when Sandy came roundContinue reading “In training”

Welcome home

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother and shows two of his venerable sisters discussing a very interesting blog over breakfast while they were visiting him.  (This is an entirely spontaneous moment and there is no element of artificial posing in this picture.) Our fine weather took leave of absence for a while today and,Continue reading “Welcome home”

An interesting visit to Australia

Today’s guest picture arises from some coloured wools that Dropscone gave to Mrs Tootlepedal.  She converted some of them into a colourful edition of Shaun the Sheep and the picture shows Leo, Dropscone’s grandson, giving Shaun a warm welcome. There has been some wet and windy weather in Britain over recent days but by andContinue reading “An interesting visit to Australia”