Waiting

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who is still in Cornwall. She wondered if tourists were entirely welcome at Porthleven harbour. We had a curious day here in Langholm today. After a teaspoonful of overnight rain., it was grey, humid, still and warm. The whole day had the feel of the calmContinue reading “Waiting”

In the doghouse

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She found a fine robin’s pin cushion on a wild rose when she was out walking today. It is a gall caused by the larvae of a tiny gall wasp, Dipoloepis rosae. We had another grey cool day today, but it was pleasant enough for a walkContinue reading “In the doghouse”

A song cycle day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She found this extravagantly yarn bombed tree when out for her walk today. We had another dry day here for which we were only moderately grateful, as a spell of overnight rain would be really useful. We are getting warnings to be careful on our use ofContinue reading “A song cycle day”

A cycle (and an occasional walk) on the wild side

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He was on his way to Kings Lynn when he came to a bridge at Stamford. Knowing that I like a bridge, he took a photograph of it. It was another dull day here, and to suit the weather we had rather a dull morning with onlyContinue reading “A cycle (and an occasional walk) on the wild side”

Going nuts

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. It is not the sharpest picture that he has ever taken but you don’t get to see an otter very often, so any picture is brilliant. Our spell of gorgeous late summer weather continued here today. Once again it was sunny without being too hot, so weContinue reading “Going nuts”

Winding down

Today’s guest picture is another of Laura’s from St Joseph, Michigan. We got up to some heavy showers and strong winds here today. It wasn’t the best weather for the last day of Clare, Alistair and Matilda’s stay with us, but we made the best of it. Mrs Tootlepedal had a busy morning taking theContinue reading “Winding down”

A quiet day at home

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. We read an article recently which told us to be more respectful of flies as they are very useful pollinators, so I have put his picture of a tenthredo lividae sawfly here out of respect. We had a reasonably warm but very grey day here. In spiteContinue reading “A quiet day at home”

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”

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”

Totally lacking lustre

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He spotted a small tortoiseshell butterfly today. We had a definitely gloomy day here today, with either a hint of rain or the real thing always on hand. As the forecast was for floods and thunderstorms, we got off very lightly with just the occasional shower. ItContinue reading “Totally lacking lustre”