Retail therapy

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s visit to Shugborough Hall and shows the modest dwelling itself. The forecast was gloomy again and the day was pretty gloomy but not quite as gloomy as the forecast. I checked out how the trimmed hydrangea looked after my efforts last night… …and reckoned that the haircutContinue reading “Retail therapy”

Action and pictures

Today’s guest picture is another from a splendid set that my brother sent me after his visit to Shugborough Hall near Stafford a week ago. We awoke to find it was still raining after a night of rain and a check on the scientific rain gauge showed two centimetres had fallen.  This is a fairContinue reading “Action and pictures”

Lots of action, not many pictures

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She took it a week ago at the height of the hot weather in London and it shows a fine crop of green algae on the canal. The mornings are getting chillier now and I had to wait for a bit until the thermometer hit 10°C, whichContinue reading “Lots of action, not many pictures”

Lounging around

Today’s guest picture comes from my eldest sister Susan, an inveterate traveller, who has just come back from Italy.  She saw this handsome church door in Ortesi in the Dolomites. Like King Lear, I was going to do such things today but also like the King, I didn’t know what they were so in theContinue reading “Lounging around”

Good timetabling

Today’s guest picture, from my ex-colleague Ada, shows a passing traveller whom she ran into (but not over)  on the road. The forecast said that it would start to rain at 3pm today and it was absolutely spot on which made it lucky that I had managed to get my day organised on that basis.Continue reading “Good timetabling”

A strange day – no rain at all

Today’s guest picture is the second from my brother’s visit to churches in Hull. I liked this colourful ceiling in Hull’s cathedral. It took me some time to really believe that it wasn’t going to rain today.  I had a bit of Archive business after breakfast to take my mind off the question and thenContinue reading “A strange day – no rain at all”

Catching up

Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile, Irving.  He tells me that he hasn’t seen this recent visitor to his garden in Lochmaben for some time. It was good to be back home again today after the very enjoyable visit to London but the weather didn’t seem very pleased to see me as it wasContinue reading “Catching up”

Sunshine and bonding

Today’s guest picture comes from my son Tony who has been experimenting with my old Lumix which I gave to him on Thursday.  This is his ‘flying birds’ taken at none  o’clock in the evening.. We had a really lovely day today with a cool underlying temperature (17° C at its hottest) and wall toContinue reading “Sunshine and bonding”

A ray of metaphorical sunshine

Today’s guest picture comes from my son Alistair and shows what Attila the Gardener can do when she visits her granddaughter with a pair of shears in her handbag. We had another grey and generally rainy morning today and I was happy to stay inside and prepare a lamb stew for the slow cooker whileContinue reading “A ray of metaphorical sunshine”

Thwarted dream

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew and shows the River Derwent at Derby on a very, very calm day. The forecast was for a warm and sunny day and I had a dream of what I might do on such an unusual day.  Sadly the dream was dashed as soon as I wokeContinue reading “Thwarted dream”