Another day, another walk and another cough

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary, who popped over to Paris for some culture.  She bravely used that external escalator. It was frosty again when we got up and I recorded the fact with the aid of a spirea. My recovery from the cold has been delayed again and so I took advantageContinue reading “Another day, another walk and another cough”

Three wheels on his wagon

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone and shows the roadside repair man fitting a new wheel to Dropscone’s car after he had inadvertently lost the original while driving along. Dropscone arrived for coffee today with a tale of woe.  He had been driving back from a golf event up the borders at the weekend, whenContinue reading “Three wheels on his wagon”

Back again

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who met this nose diving elephant at a Regent’s Park art fair. Unfortunately, it was another fine day today.  I say unfortunately because my back was still giving me trouble and I had to waste it by doing nothing more energetic than wandering about the garden andContinue reading “Back again”

A complete turnaround

Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle correspondent, Fiona and shows her resident garden hedgehog on the left with one of four new hoglets on the right.  She thinks that the hoglet is three or four weeks old.  We are very envious. We had a slightly cooler but still sunny day.  With our final concertContinue reading “A complete turnaround”

A welcome forecasting error

Today’s guest picture shows a very nice bridge that my sister Mary met in the Lake District last week.  You can see Lancrigg Hotel in the background.  She tells me that Wordsworth used to sit and write poetry there. After our brief burst of unseasonably warm and sunny weather, we were promised a day of continualContinue reading “A welcome forecasting error”

Ave atque vale (or hail in the vale)

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  He came upon this bridge over the River Dove when he was out with his walking group.  He points out that it is  unusual in that the later two lane bridge, to save costs, has been built on top of the old medieval one lane one. We hadContinue reading “Ave atque vale (or hail in the vale)”

A bonus pedal

Today’s guest picture, sent by Dropscone, shows how the greenkeeping staff at a prestigious golf course still use traditional methods for preparing the ground.  The only thing lacking is that they should have their trouser legs tied up with string. I had thought of offering to go with Sandy to help fill the Moorland feedersContinue reading “A bonus pedal”

Thank goodness for Mozart

I am short of innovative guest pictures at the moment but luckily my brother saw a lot to interest him on his visit to Ely Cathedral.  Here is the magnificent organ.  He tells me that the casing is by Scott, modelled on that in Strasbourg Cathedral but you knew that of course. The day startedContinue reading “Thank goodness for Mozart”

Nothing doing

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit to Nottingham Castle by my brother Andrew.  No sign of the sheriff. For the first time in a while, I had a good night’s sleep and woke refreshed and invigorated.  It hardly needs saying that the weather gods had a really good laugh at this and made itContinue reading “Nothing doing”

An unexpected visit

Today’s guest picture was sent to me a couple of days ago by my neighbour  Bruce, who is on his Mediterranean cruise.  It shows the island of Crete.  He adds that the temperature was 31 degrees C. We returned to rather chillier times here today and the thermometer struggled to get over 13° .  AsContinue reading “An unexpected visit”