Going wild

Today’s guest picture comes from Mark’s marathon walk over the twelve hills round the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve last Sunday. It shows the party at 5am in Langholm at the start; on top of Tinnis Hill (the first hill) at 8.30am; on the high point of the walk at Roan Fell cairn (the fourth hillContinue reading “Going wild”

A hazy day

Today’s guest picture is for those worrying that the sun may have stopped shining in East Wemyss. Tony sent me this scene today to reassure you, and added himself in too. Rather surprisingly, we had a pretty good day here. It was a bit warmer than yesterday, and quite a lot windier, but the forecastContinue reading “A hazy day”

Up, up and away

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. While she was on a shopping trip, she passed this family of swans sitting quite happily a few metres away from a very busy road. After a series of warm but wet days, we finally awoke to a chillier but sunny morning today. It was veryContinue reading “Up, up and away”

On the up

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline who found a quiet moment in a visit to a cafe to reflect on things. Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . We had another lovely day here today, though at times when the sun was fully out, it was almost too hot, a good complaintContinue reading “On the up”

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)”