A little bit over the top

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who passed the (very) old school at Beardsall on one of his recent walks in the sunshine. Our run of lovely summer days here continued today, but once again it was marginally hotter than was totally comfortable in the direct sun, so we took things quietly asContinue reading “A little bit over the top”

Some business and a little stretch

Today’s guest picture comes from my South African correspondent, Tom. He came across this tense stand off between a cat and a hadeda. Tom tells me that he sided with the bird and chased the cat away. We had a rather grey and windy morning here after more overnight rain. When I went out intoContinue reading “Some business and a little stretch”

First fruits (or rather, vegetables)

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. It goes to show that East Wemyss can look good even if the sun has gone in for a moment or two. And that he has a good eye for a composition, in my view. Summer continued in Langholm today. It was a degree or two coolerContinue reading “First fruits (or rather, vegetables)”

A new addition to an old walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She found the the council had let things grow beside the seaside at Portsmouth. After overnight rain, a welcome event for the garden, we had a cool grey, windy day here today. I dillied and dallied after breakfast, and didn’t really get into action until Mrs TootlepedalContinue reading “A new addition to an old walk”

Another pedal, another tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my South African correspondent, Tom, the Langholm exile. He came across this elegant track from a four foot long Liguaan lizard on one of his walks. They didn’t see the lizard itself. We had another sunny morning here but with the wind coming from the north, it felt a littleContinue reading “Another pedal, another tootle”

Nothing doing

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. I think this must have been a stopping point on her journey north. The offer of tea and cakes seems attractive. We had a better day here, slightly warmer and slightly less windy. As the sun often came out, it was much more pleasant in the garden too. ThisContinue reading “Nothing doing”

Acting my age

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony, who visited the Union Canal at Ratho near Edinburgh at just the right moment. We woke to a sunny morning, although it was chilly again, and as the forecast was pretty positive, I decided that this was the day for a longer ride after a month ofContinue reading “Acting my age”

Pastures new

Today’s guest picture is another from Tony’s friend Michael and his recent visit to the Solway coast. Michael was very pleased to come across the SNP flagship while he was there. The forecast had said that it wouldn’t be freezing here when we got up and they were right. It was still pretty cold though,Continue reading “Pastures new”

Mrs Tootlepedal is wiser

Today’s guest picture comes from both of my two older sisters, Mary and Susan. Like us, they have socially distanced coffee outdoors when they can. Today they each took photos of the other. As it was Mrs Tootlepedal’s birthday, she got a little bit older and a little bit wiser today. Since she had meContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal is wiser”

Almost too much cycling (if that is possible)

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. It shows some fine colour which she encountered on a recent visit to Regents Park in London. When Mrs Tootlepedal looked out of the dining room window after breakfast, she could see a good collection of blackbirds. They had gathered to nibble on cotoneaster berries under theContinue reading “Almost too much cycling (if that is possible)”