Taking it easy

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. His phone reminded him that he had taken this picture of two cheerful walkers resting on a bench by the river seven years ago. We were much younger then. The caption on Gavin’s picture reminds us that our granddaughter Matilda has now just turned seven and thatContinue reading “Taking it easy”

Getting a pedal and the needle

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found himself beside the river on a lovely day today. Two geese had the water to themselves. We had a much improved day here today with no rain and a lot less wind. It was still pretty grey in the morning whenI went off for aContinue reading “Getting a pedal and the needle”

Holding back

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found some good weather today to visit the Lenton Firs summerhouse with its 200 year old rockery. It is in the grounds of Nottingham University. We had another fine, dry day here with light winds. It had been cold overnight and once again the day tookContinue reading “Holding back”

Found

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She noticed this ferocious looking bird while on a walk from her home to collect her car from the garage. I am starting today’s post with a backward reference to yesterday’s post. It was entitled, “Taxing day” and alert readers must have wondered why. I wasContinue reading “Found”

Return to sender

I am short of current guest pictures so I have gone back to the files again to find a snowy dog in East Wemyss, or perhaps, a dog in snowy East Wemyss. We had another sunny and dry day here today, although it never got very warm in spite of the sun, with the temperatureContinue reading “Return to sender”

Looping the loop

Today’s guest pictures come from Laura in Michigan. She tells me that these ice sculptures were carved during the recent St. Joseph Magical Ice Festival. Some stand about 8ft tall. (They also have a frozen fish tossing contest at the festival I believe.) We were far from icy here today and the weather seems toContinue reading “Looping the loop”

Hanging about

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s sister, Elizabeth. She hangs out a good array of different feeders and was rewarded by a visit from long tailed tits. The forecast was quite correct. It was just as cold this morning as it has been for the past few days but there was no sun to brightenContinue reading “Hanging about”

Up the wall again

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. She took this impressionistic study of moss in snow and sunshine in her garden. We woke to another fine but chilly day here, very fine but very chilly. In spite of the sunshine, it didn’t get above freezing until ten o’clock and the average for the dayContinue reading “Up the wall again”

Biscuits but no cheese

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile Tom in South Africa. He has sent me this cheerful study of plumbago and blue sky. We woke to find that the merest speckle of snow had settled on Langholm overnight. It might have been that sort of snow that was too thin to be picturesque but thickContinue reading “Biscuits but no cheese”

Well shod

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. On one of her recent walks, she passed this fine example of a Victorian gothic building at Holly Village in Highgate. After another sub zero night here, we had a fine dry day which struggled to get above zero, though it did manage to climb to 2°CContinue reading “Well shod”