Not playing around

Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Caroline’s recent sunny visit to her park in Southsea just beside the sea. The weather continues to be odd. From early morning to late in the evening as I wrote this, the temperature has stayed between 14°C and 18°C, and is is warmer now at nine o’clockContinue reading “Not playing around”

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”

Another pedal, another tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my South African correspondent, Tom, the Langholm exile. He came across this elegant track from a four foot long Liguaan lizard on one of his walks. They didn’t see the lizard itself. We had another sunny morning here but with the wind coming from the north, it felt a littleContinue reading “Another pedal, another tootle”

Progress

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who has been enjoying her walks up to Kenwood recently. She had this fine view of the grounds on Wednesday. We had a cool, grey morning here today, definitely feeling like autumn a lot more than like late summer. It stayed dry though, but with the temperatureContinue reading “Progress”

Another fine day

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew in Derby. He spotted a local heron having a day on the tiles. We could hardly believe our luck here when we had a second dry day in succession. We made good use of it. Mrs Tootlepedal drove up to the Langholm Moor, where she and otherContinue reading “Another fine day”

Service with a smile

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair in Edinburgh. He spotted a visitor on his garden fence. We had some long awaited rain overnight which was very welcome. Conveniently it stopped for long enough to let us have our regular garden coffee morning, though it must be said that a light drizzle had startedContinue reading “Service with a smile”

Zoom, zoom, zoom

Today’s guest picture comes from my cycling reader Paul. He lives in Lancashire and he sent me this picture of a reservoir to show that we are not the only ones having a dry time just now. I am starting today’s post with a picture from yesterday. I almost always only use pictures in aContinue reading “Zoom, zoom, zoom”

Clouded vision

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia.  She visited the Haynes International Motor Museum with my sister Mary and saw many wonderful motor cars, including this 1900 Clement Voiturette. When you look back at them, there are some days which seem to rather slip through your grasp and you never really get aContinue reading “Clouded vision”

Another day, another plan collapses

Today’s guest picture was taken by my brother Andrew’s wife’s Australian cousin Janet who found Andrew hard at work on his son’s mower making hay  while the sun shone. After yesterday’s outing to Beamish, I had a plan for today: in the morning I would put the pictures from Beamish on the blog, mow aContinue reading “Another day, another plan collapses”

Short in the tooth

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair, and shows his daughter Matilda in the nice new dress which her Granny has made for her. No prizes for guessing the theme of the performance. We had much better weather today which was very welcome, but it turned out that I had lost a filling fromContinue reading “Short in the tooth”