A song cycle day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She found this extravagantly yarn bombed tree when out for her walk today. We had another dry day here for which we were only moderately grateful, as a spell of overnight rain would be really useful. We are getting warnings to be careful on our use ofContinue reading “A song cycle day”

Wrong then right

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan who is having a short break in Chichester with my sister Mary. They couldn’t help noticing the cathedral. The weather here was variable once again. I got up early intending to go cycling before breakfast but it was raining. I fortified myself with porridge and a bananaContinue reading “Wrong then right”

Trying (and failing) to find a gap in the weather

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia, my Somerset correspondent., She did not have to go far to find some interesting wild life, as this Jersey Tiger Moth was on the outside of her bedroom window. We were correctly promised frequent showers for today by the forecasters, and the trick was to try to avoid themContinue reading “Trying (and failing) to find a gap in the weather”

And finally . . .

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent Paul who is on a visit to the Lake District. He climbed Cat Bells and got this fine view of Derwent Water. Although the forecast had been full of rain, it was another case of “rain later” today, and we woke up to a quiet dry dayContinue reading “And finally . . .”

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”