Rained off

Today’s flower is another bergania. They spring unnoticed from beneath cabbage like leaves. We were greeted by howling wind and lashing rain when we woke and after a brief telephone consultation, Dropscone and I wisely decided that the day was not suitable for the morning cycle. As a result I spent some time after breakfastContinue reading “Rained off”

The last day of sunshine

Today’s picture is of a bergania which has just come into bloom. The day dawned with one of those mists that promise a lovely day when they clear. It was still misty and decidedly chilly when Dropscone and I set off on the morning cycle ride but by the time that we had finished, itContinue reading “The last day of sunshine”

Glorious sunshine

Today’s picture is of one of the remaining chaffinches enjoying a sunflower seed in the warm evening sunshine Today’s blog is rather picture heavy but not too many birds from the garden. Bruce, a great railway enthusiast read yesterday’s blog and sent me two pictures from years gone by to match the places that MrsContinue reading “Glorious sunshine”

A pedal and a tootle

Today’s picture was taken on a recent walk on Whita Hill by my tootling friend Susan. It certainly has that romantic air which the landscape painters loved. The day started with a ride round the morning run with Dropscone. He has got a heart monitor after reading an article on getting fit in a magazineContinue reading “A pedal and a tootle”

Many a slip

Today’s picture shows just how desperate the cabin fever is getting in the Tootlepedal household. Mrs Tootlepedal is polishing a stainless steel spoon. I have to watch out myself. If I stand still too long, I get dusted. The day started with a double dose of sociability. Our neighbour, Liz, joined us for a cupContinue reading “Many a slip”

Out and about at last

Today’s picture is of a large skein of geese over the Esk near the border taken with my little camera. You can just see them if you peer very hard. The temperature has been so benign (above freezing) for a few days that Dropscone and Arthur were able to play in the winter golf competitionContinue reading “Out and about at last”

Still plenty to do

Today’s picture is of snow in North London. On a nice day, my sister Mary likes to have breakfast outside in this cafe at Kenwood  but not yesterday as you can see from her picture. Mrs Tootlepedal started the day with what would have been a well deserved lie-in if she hadn’t got up inContinue reading “Still plenty to do”

It’s behind you

Today’s picture is of us getting ready to venture to Longtown after 2 ins of snow had fallen in the early morning. It was a bit of a double edged feeling to look out of the bedroom window to find the town beneath a beautiful mantle of gleaming fresh snow. Mrs Tootlepedal had to goContinue reading “It’s behind you”