Driven up a hill

Today’s guest picture is another which Mary Jo took while being driven through the Rockies. These mountains make our little hills look quite insignificant. After yesterday’s brief sunny interlude, we reverted to autumnal gloom today, and there was no motivation to put a nose outside the back door all morning. We did open the backContinue reading “Driven up a hill”

A change in the weather

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She had a furry rather than a feathered friend at her bird feeder yesterday. We read a news item today saying that this September had been one of the warmest Septembers on record. It doesn’t look as though October is going to break any heat records,Continue reading “A change in the weather”

Picking the low hanging fruit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He went to Tamworth to go skiing in the SnowDome, but found it was closed for a private function. Ever one to turn a disappointment into an opportunity, he went to visit Tamworth Castle instead. We had another gloomy and grey day here today, and it wasContinue reading “Picking the low hanging fruit”

A hot ride

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found a picturesque lake to sit beside while having his lunch today. In spite of the continued absence of Mrs Tootlepedal in the south, the sun shone in Langholm today. Our local weather station recorded just under 30°C for a brief period in the afternoon butContinue reading “A hot ride”

Thoroughly alarmed

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He met two new friends on his walk yesterday. In contravention of my unwritten rule to use only pictures taken on the day of a post, I am starting today with a picture I took yesterday when we were on our way to visit Mike and Anne.Continue reading “Thoroughly alarmed”

A dull day, but with scones

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She looked out of her window at just the right moment to see a sparrowhawk visiting her garden. The most exciting thing to visit our garden today was undoubtedly Dropscone, who came for coffee. He is always welcome, especially when he comes bearing home made sconesContinue reading “A dull day, but with scones”

Paying for pedalling procrastination

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who was walking his dogs before six in the morning when the sun came up in East Wemyss a day or two ago. It had rained in the night here, but Mary Jo’s scientific rain gauge was wasn’t even up to half an inch when I checkedContinue reading “Paying for pedalling procrastination”

Mrs Tootlepedal gets a present

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony, He found a butterfly very successfully pretending to be a leaf. The forecast had suggested that it would be cooler today after the excessive heat of the past couple of days. It was cooler, but as it was only a couple of degrees cooler and the sunContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal gets a present”

Wilting a bit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found it a little chilly on Skegness pier this evening on a visit to the east coast of England. It wasn’t at all chilly here as we had another very warm day, with the thermometer showing 27°C (80°F) in the afternoon. It is still well overContinue reading “Wilting a bit”

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”