A song and a stroll

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. It shows a delightful vegetated shingle beach where she took a seaside walk today. We had another day with rain and thunder in the forecast, but happily, there was no sign of either as we cycled off to sing in the church choir in the morning. InContinue reading “A song and a stroll”

A night on the town

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She was in a local botanic garden and was surprised to find a plant full of snails. Our spell of fine weather came to an end this morning and Mrs Tootlepedal and our neighbour Liz went on a post breakfast cycle ride in a light drizzle. TheyContinue reading “A night on the town”

Tunnel vision

Today’s guest picture comes from Tom, the Langholm exile in South Africa. He was up today for his morning walk while the moon was still high in the sky. We got up to find that very annoyingly it had been below zero again overnight. We are beginning to question whether it will ever get warmContinue reading “Tunnel vision”

Oiling the wheels

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who was once again up early enough on his way to work to catch a fine sunrise complete with artistic lamppost. I wasn’t up early enough to see a sunrise but I was up early enough to find that the temperature was once again below zero atContinue reading “Oiling the wheels”

Up and about

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone. He suggested that this stretch of road north of Eskdalemuir was one that I might want to avoid when out cycling. I will take his advice. It was another grey and gloomy day here today, but it was brightened up by the fact that Mrs Tootlepedal was able toContinue reading “Up and about”

Up and down (and round)

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan again. It shows the fine bunch of flowers that my sister Mary brought with her on her last visit for lunch. Susan has been self isolating after a successful minor operation, and this was a celebration to mark the end of that. After the merest sprinkle ofContinue reading “Up and down (and round)”

Getting the picture

Today’s guest picture comes from my South Africa correspondent, Langholm exile Tom. He is tormenting me with pictures of delicious looking table grapes almost ready for picking. I love grapes. We had another in our series of cold days here after another icy night, but by way of compensation, there was hardly a cloud inContinue reading “Getting the picture”

2021 100% sunny so far

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. A week or so ago, before the current London lockdown, she went down to the river and took this view of the access to the new footbridge across the Thames. The most remarkable thing about the picture is the almost complete absence of any people on aContinue reading “2021 100% sunny so far”

Blue sky thinking

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. You can see famous Glastonbury Tor in the background and reflected in the floodwater. Venetia tells me that flooding is very common at this time of year on the Somerset Levels. I suppose the clue is in the name. We were in no danger of floodingContinue reading “Blue sky thinking”

Cowed

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin. He was walking with Mike Tinker when they came across this fine example of hair ice this morning. Gavin’s hair ice shows that it had been a sub zero morning, but it also shows that the sun was out, both conditions needed for hair ice formation. IContinue reading “Cowed”