A short song cycle

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent, Paul. He thinks that this pretty pot rose of his has a very fitting name, “Alpine Sunset”. We did have a good sunset here today, but we had a very grey dawn and it rained while we were in church, so once again we got damp bottomsContinue reading “A short song cycle”

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”

A cold start

Today’s guest picture comes from my camera club friend Simon.   He came across a tree beside the river at Canonbie, about which it can be truly said that the bottom has fallen out of its world. We had a frosty start to the day here but thanks to my policy of rising slowly and late,Continue reading “A cold start”

A man with a plan…and a pan

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin.  He and his wife Gaye (pictured beside the train) spent 18 hours on this train from Salt Lake City to San Francisco.  He tells me that route took them through the Utah Salt Desert, Nevada Desert, and then finally the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was spectacular butContinue reading “A man with a plan…and a pan”

Just a spoonful of sugar

Today’s guest picture is the last of the Derby insects sent to me by my brother Andrew. I am irresistibly reminded of my favourite limerick.  I remember it as: There was a young man from St Bees, Who was stung on the knee by a wasp. When they said, “Does it hurt?” He replied, “No,Continue reading “Just a spoonful of sugar”

A garden visitor

Today’s guest picture, sent to me by her mother Clare, shows Matilda having fun in the Botanic gardens in Edinburgh this morning. We were promised a wonderful day of sunshine here today but when I set off to fill the Moorland bird feeders after breakfast, the hills were covered with clouds.  By the time that IContinue reading “A garden visitor”

Not going cycling

After yesterday’s railway bridge over the new Borders Railway, Dropscone’s guest picture of the day shows the shiny new railway itself as seen from the bridge. It was another fine day today but it was quite crisp in the early morning so I was happy to arrange to have  a cup of coffee with Sandy ratherContinue reading “Not going cycling”

Straightforward (and back)

pain Today’s guest picture shows sunset over the Mersey.  My brother is in Liverpool. It was a calm day with a good forecast so when Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing with the church choir, I got the fairly speedy bike out and made good use of some light Sunday traffic by cycling up theContinue reading “Straightforward (and back)”

Miracles do happen

Today’s guest picture comes from my neighbour Liz’s recent jaunt to Spain.  She saw the point. The morning radio was full of talk of heat waves and burning sun but when it came to our part of Scotland, low cloud and a pleasant warmth was the order of the day.  As I am not veryContinue reading “Miracles do happen”

What we’ve missed

Today’s guest picture shows a fine boat on the Trent and Mersey Canal.  It was encountered by my brother Andrew as he was cycling along the tow path. It was a rather disappointing morning as we woke up to be greeted by yet more rain.  Instead of cycling, I did useful things like putting aContinue reading “What we’ve missed”