Up for the cup

Today’s guest picture shows a colourful bed in the secret garden in Regents Park. It was taken by my sister Mary, and brings a much needed note of colour into another grey day here. After a second wet and windy night, we had another windy day but not so wet. This was a relief, andContinue reading “Up for the cup”

Puddle jumping

Today’s guest post comes from Mary Jo in snowy, slushy Manitoba. In the midst of chilly weather, it brings back happy memories for her and recalls a sunny day on holiday last year in New Zealand, showing the ocean view from her table at Fleur’s in Moeraki, NZ. She tells me that the view wasContinue reading “Puddle jumping”

Seeing the country

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. Derby may not have great mountains and lakes but it does have sunshine and cabbages palms. We had a pretty good day here today, not sunny in the morning, but much calmer than previous days. It was inevitable then that we had to drive to Dumfries forContinue reading “Seeing the country”

Biscuits but no cheese

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He has sent me this cheerful study of plumbago and blue sky. We woke to find that the merest speckle of snow had settled on Langholm overnight. It might have been that sort of snow that was too thin to be picturesque but thickContinue reading “Biscuits but no cheese”

A whey we went

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He found a heron standing on the ice when he visited his local park this morning. For once we didn’t have an icy start to the day here, with the temperature staying between 2 and 4 degrees C all day. There was ice about though.Continue reading “A whey we went”

Blue sky thinking

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. You can see famous Glastonbury Tor in the background and reflected in the floodwater. Venetia tells me that flooding is very common at this time of year on the Somerset Levels. I suppose the clue is in the name. We were in no danger of floodingContinue reading “Blue sky thinking”

Staying upright

Today’s expansive guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent Keiron. It shows the beach at Aberavon at dusk last week. They promised us sunshine today and we got sunshine today. It was most unsettling. We didn’t just get a little sunshine either, we got sunshine all day. There were two minor matters that affected ourContinue reading “Staying upright”

Bike good, wind bad

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother Andrew’s visit to Nottingham.  As well as bridges, he saw this wheel.  Your town or city is unappealing if you don’t have a big wheel these days it seems. After a lonely breakfast, I checked on the vigour of the wind outside and decided that this wouldContinue reading “Bike good, wind bad”