A lot better than expected

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s recent garden visits in Somerset. This lovely pattern was captured at The Newt, which is a country estate and not an amphibian in this case. The forecast had been a bit apocalyptic with talk of blizzards and gales and Arctic blasts, but I am beginning to suspect thatContinue reading “A lot better than expected”

This side and that

Today’s guest picture shows a couple of flamingos trying to keep warm by dancing in our son Alistair’s snowy Edinburgh garden. It was pretty hard to keep warm in our garden this morning even though it isn’t very snowy at all, but I had to go out into the chilly air after breakfast when weContinue reading “This side and that”

A day of unrest

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in sunny East Wemyss. Three days ago, his sun had unusual sparkle. We needed a guest picture with sparkle because after a gloomy day yesterday, we had another fairly gloomy day today. It was dry and warmer than it has been lately, and it stayed above freezingContinue reading “A day of unrest”

Rising above it

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent, Keiron. The heavy frost in the morning painted this delightful pattern on his conservatory roof. That well known artist Jack Frost had been hard at work in our garden too. Mrs Tootlepedal told me that the thermometer outside our kitchen window was showing -6°C when I wentContinue reading “Rising above it”

Many a slip

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She came across this delightful converted mill on one of her local walks. You can see the mill wheel if you look carefully. We had another grey and damp day here with no sunshine and occasional rain. I got round to the shop on foot inContinue reading “Many a slip”

A good deal of to-ing and fro-ing

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She came across some very colourful fungus on her walk today. With high pressure settled over us, we had another quiet and chilly day here today. There was no sun about and as a result there was no mist either. It was too chilly to make cyclingContinue reading “A good deal of to-ing and fro-ing”

Getting a bit above myself

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She has been visiting The Newt again. Although my back is a lot better today and I got a good walk in, I am rather tired as a result of not sleeping very well over the past few nights, so this blog will be a bitContinue reading “Getting a bit above myself”

Walking the walk

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She has been suffering from a bad cold but has recovered enough to walk up to Kenwood House to have a coffee and a mince pie in the cafe.  She found a very fine day for her excursion. We had another calm and sunny day here todayContinue reading “Walking the walk”

Coming to a town near you – Summer for one day only

Today’s guest picture comes from fellow archivist and Hibs supporter Ken.  Sadly he is having to leave the town to return to the north east of England for family reasons and he kindly sent me this picture of the Saltburn Viaduct, taken some years ago, which I hope will be the first of many fromContinue reading “Coming to a town near you – Summer for one day only”

Feeding frenzy

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s adventures in the Highlands.  She went out on a boat and saw these bottle nosed dolphins disporting themselves. I had another quiet morning with high quality idling only interrupted by the need to mow the middle lawn and the desire to capture the continuing beauty of the peoniesContinue reading “Feeding frenzy”