Over the top

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who failed to get to a windfall quickly enough. In spite of a better forecast for the day,  it was raining at breakfast time.  I made good use of the time indoors by making a lamb stew for the slow cooker and by the time thatContinue reading “Over the top”

Singing again

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Leicester and shows the last remnant of the castle there, apparently being threatened by  a rather ugly modern building. We were threatened here by more overnight and morning rain and Mrs Tootlepedal had to take her umbrella with her when she went off to singContinue reading “Singing again”

With a song and a smile

Today’s guest picture shows a fine clock which Dropscone saw on his recent visit to Westerham in Kent. I usually like to go for a cycle ride on a Sunday morning while Mrs Tootlepedal goes off to sing in the church choir but there was no chance of an enjoyable pedal today with more windContinue reading “With a song and a smile”

A welcome lift

Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle correspondent and shows some shortbread baked especially for Burns’ Night, the occasion of the annual celebration of the life of the poet Robert Burns on January 25th. (Fiona has baked four good Scots words into her shortbread, words suggested by her reverend parents.  They are bahookie, blootered, drookitContinue reading “A welcome lift”

An unexpected pleasure

Today’s guest picture shows a very woolly goat spotted by my brother who was visiting  Paradise Springs near Rotarua in NZ. It was a calm day after all the rain but I didn’t manage to get organised enough to go out for a pedal.  Instead, while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the churchContinue reading “An unexpected pleasure”

Sing, sing, sing

Today’s guest picture shows a fine stone bridge across the splendidly named Manifold River.  It was taken by my brother last month. After a night of rain, the morning was still gloomy and dank but for a moment it looked as though there might be a gap in the weather and while Mrs Tootlepedal gotContinue reading “Sing, sing, sing”

From Esk to Teviot

Today’s guest picture, sent to me from Hathersage by my friend Bruce, is a curious street scene. It is only when you realise that it is part of a staged exhibition of street furniture designed by David Mellor that it makes some sense. For one reason or another, I wasn’t feeling at my peak whenContinue reading “From Esk to Teviot”

Now we’re cooking

Today’s guest picture shows a fine new staircase at the Tate Britain art gallery photographed by my sister Mary The temperature rose today, the wind was calm and so Mrs Tootlepedal and I resolved to go for a pedal.  First though there was singing in the church choir to be done by Mrs Tootlepedal andContinue reading “Now we’re cooking”

Getting wound up

Today’s picture is a beautiful reflection on the river Derwent south of Derby taken by my brother  at the end of last month. We had a bad forecast for gales overnight and I was a bit nervous as I looked out of the window when I woke up.  I needn’t have worried overmuch as theContinue reading “Getting wound up”