Hot foot

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  He is visiting Aranjuez in Spain.  It is 30 mins from Madrid and is a town built around a Royal Palace.  His picture shows one of the rooms in the so called ‘Labourer’s House’.  I don’t think that the labourer lives there any more. We had aContinue reading “Hot foot”

A day of two halves reversed

Today’s guest picture, sent to me by her father, shows Matilda posing with flowers in the botanic gardens in Edinburgh. The forecast had suggested that if I wanted to cycle in dry conditions, a prompt start might be advisable as rain was on the way by midday  It seemed like a plausible prediction so IContinue reading “A day of two halves reversed”

A poor effort

Today’s guest picture comes from my Highland correspondent Jenni.  She went even further north from Inverness for a cruise and found herself in Alaskan waters. We had an uncharacteristically dull day here both as far as the weather went and my level of activity.  Mrs Tootlepedal was up and at it early with a tripContinue reading “A poor effort”

Risen from the shed

Today’s guest picture shows an interesting robin, seen in Nottingham by my brother Andrew. After many weeks absence, we saw a robin in our garden today…. …but it was a rather more modest bird than the Nottingham one.. Alert readers will have noted the absence of Sandy from the blog in recent weeks.  The reasonContinue reading “Risen from the shed”

Visitors

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Venetia, my Somerset correspondent, who got the chance of a ride in a hot air balloon.  Her picture shows how far I would have gone on the journey before finding something else to do.  I don’t like heights.  She was very brave and has put lots ofContinue reading “Visitors”

Thank goodness for the Olympics

Today’s guest picture is another from our recent week as guests in the south.  Sally and Richard took us to the gardens of this fine mansion, Heale House, which was built in the latter part of the sixteenth century. My ideal plan for the day relied on an early leap out of bed into gloriousContinue reading “Thank goodness for the Olympics”

Three sunny days in a row. Summer at last.

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by our neighbour Liz who met this colourful beast on a recent walk in the south. I had been pressed by Scott, the minister, to go for a cycle ride of a decent distance with him as today promised wall to wall sunshine and tolerable winds.  As heContinue reading “Three sunny days in a row. Summer at last.”

Listening to my legs

Today’s guest picture shows a Venetian scene.  My daughter is there, working at the Venice Film Festival.  It’s tough to work in these conditions but she puts up with it.My legs had been grumbling a bit yesterday on the way back from our cream tea and they were positively mutinous this morning so I hearkenedContinue reading “Listening to my legs”

Just a little bit further

Today’s guest picture, sent to me by her mother, shows Matilda settling down at home after having sampled all the excitements of Langholm Common Riding. We had another lovely sunny day today and with a drop in the temperature from roasting to merely hot, it was just about perfect.   We were up quite early andContinue reading “Just a little bit further”

Crossed wires

Today’s picture, sent by a fond father,  shows Maisie practising being a baby with her new little sister Frances. My plan was to go to Annan, where I had business, with the speedy bike in the car, do a little cycling combined with the business and be back for one o’clock in time to waitContinue reading “Crossed wires”