Brief notes

Today’s guest picture comes from Tom in South Africa and shows the calm before the storm. I managed to get up quite promptly and had time for a quick look round the garden after breakfast… …and then I  got going on my new bike before it got too hot (it was a mere 73°F whenContinue reading “Brief notes”

A drop in the ocean

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s trip to Madeira. The forecasters are having a hard time at present getting the details of the weather correct, largely I suspect because the weather is so unusual these days that their computer models are not provided with enough helpful historic data.  All the same, various forecasts wereContinue reading “A drop in the ocean”

Home alone

Today’s guest picture comes from my my friend Marjorie.  She is on holiday in the Highlands and sent me this picture of the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge.  She knew it would interest me as Mrs Tootlepedal and I lived not far from the memorial when we first got married. The house is very quietContinue reading “Home alone”

In a jam

Our daughter sent me today’s guest picture just to show that there are good looking bees in London too. The wind moved round to the east today and brought a little touch of coolness with it so although the day was agreeably sunny again, it was much more pleasant to be out and about. AllContinue reading “In a jam”

Not very flash

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter’s visit to Devon and shows the picturesque Royal Oak in Winsford, originally a 12th C farmhouse and now a hotel and restaurant. After a very dry month of May, we are suffering from a very wet June and things are not made better by persistently strong winds.  ThisContinue reading “Not very flash”

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Today’s guest picture shows the church at Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire.  The picture was taken by my friend Bruce and was of special interest to him and his wife because her great- great-uncle was minister there from 1875 to 1909. I got up early again and put another week of the newspaper index intoContinue reading “The wheels on the bus go round and round”

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”

Another quiet day

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Bruce.  He noticed this fine work-in-progress  by a local artist on the banks of the Esk. I had birds, but not owls, on my mind when I woke up as I had volunteered to fill the moorland feeders in place of the regular fillers for Wednesdays who haveContinue reading “Another quiet day”

The calm after the storm

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Dropscone and shows the sort of food he had to put up with on his recent holiday abroad. Standing in a gale looking at wild flowers for several hours yesterday proved to be curiously tiring and when I woke up this morning, I felt very much likeContinue reading “The calm after the storm”