A goodbye, a welcome back and a concert

Today’s guest picture shows Argentat on the Dordogne which was visited by Venetia during her recent French holiday. After a good breakfast, we said goodbye to Granny as she went off to the deep south with Mike and Frankie.  She had been the perfect guest and we were sad to see her go. Shortly afterContinue reading “A goodbye, a welcome back and a concert”


Today’s guest picture shows the suitably decorated head and shoulders of William Wallace.  This is a giant statue on a hillside  in the Scottish Borders.  It was taken by my friend Bruce, who was on a tour of the borders. It was a grey day today both meteorologically and spiritually.  In spite of not reallyContinue reading “Down”

All hail

Today’s guest picture is a bit of a cheat as it is of a guest but not by a guest.  Standing beside Dropscone leaning on his carbon fibre machine is the minister, Scott posing with his very new and stylish Bianchi bike   He joined us for our morning run to Gair and back today andContinue reading “All hail”

To the point

Today’s guest picture, sent to me by my sister Mary, shows my daughter Annie in the act of taking yesterday’s guest picture at Kew gardens.  Self referential or what? The day started with Mrs Tootlepedal getting up at crack of dawn to visit the world’s greatest baby in Edinburgh.  Matilda was very pleased to seeContinue reading “To the point”

Red faced

Today’s guest picture shows a colourful townscape from my sister Susan’s recent trip to Croatia. An apology to start off with.  The unusual visitor which we had yesterday… …was not a quail at all.  A well informed correspondent has pointed out that it was a red legged partridge.  These are put out into the countrysideContinue reading “Red faced”

Get up and go, go, go.

Today’s picture, sent by my friend and near neighbour Bruce, shows that the local chaffinches can be found in force in more than one garden round here.  The sunny weather was a couple of days ago. We were far from sunny today.  In fact it was raining seriously for the first time for a fewContinue reading “Get up and go, go, go.”

Cold nose

Today’s picture of a willy wagtail from Western Australia was kindly sent to me by a reader called Jennifer in return for a copy of Susan’s nice picture.  This is a very fine picture and  a very nice gesture. The question this morning was, ‘Would it be warm enough for a pedal?’  The thermometer saidContinue reading “Cold nose”

A sense of normality undermined by treacle

Today’s picture features a London bridge (not the London Bridge) from one of my sister Mary’ s walks round Kenwood. The powers that be, having held a conference, decided that they didn’t want to spoil us with too much sun and put it away for the day.  They sent a little wind to liven usContinue reading “A sense of normality undermined by treacle”