At last, a tootle and a pedal

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary.  She encountered this impressive prancing beast at Covent Garden.  It is doing some serious strutting but as it seems to be standing in the sledge it is supposed to be pulling, it looks like a bit of a freeloader to me. It was cold, grey but dryContinue reading “At last, a tootle and a pedal”

Virtually English

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s archives.  For some reason he came upon the picture from 2004 of certain young(ish) golfers enjoying a break in Majorca to get away from Langholm’s winter weather.  It snowed and I still have the umbrella that I had to buy while we were there. I don’t know what theContinue reading “Virtually English”

Scones and songs brighten the day

Today’s guest picture is another from our friend Bruce’s Highland tour.  It shows McCaig’s Tower in Oban, a prominent granite folly overlooking the town. It was a rotten day here, rainy, cold and with gusty winds.  It was hard to see the birds at the feeder… …but much easier to see Dropscone coming round withContinue reading “Scones and songs brighten the day”

Croaking

Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia’s recent trip to America.  As well as wild life in Wyoming, she saw still life in Thousand Oaks. We had a second fine sunny day today, frosty at dawn but warm enough for the rest of the day to make being outside a pleasure. So it was a pityContinue reading “Croaking”

Feeling the heat

Today’s guest picture comes from my Sheffield correspondent Edward.    He has acquired a second bird for his backyard. We woke to a light snow shower and I took the hint and retired back to bed for a snooze and a crossword after breakfast, while alternating snow and rain showers appeared beyond the windows.  I feltContinue reading “Feeling the heat”

All action

Today’s guest picture comes from my next door neighbour Irving who is spending the festive season visiting his son and family in Florida.  The picture shows some of the  20 to 30 ibis they see outside the house every day. We had another sunny day here today but the temperature was at zero when weContinue reading “All action”

The darkest hour

Today’s guest picture was taken by our daughter Annie as she stopped off in Hong Kong on her way back from Macao. We should have been in celebratory mood today as it is the winter solstice and the start of a new year but Mrs Tootlepedal’s cold had got a bit worse and she wiselyContinue reading “The darkest hour”

On the slide

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  He has been out and about enjoying the bright lights of Edinburgh. We had no bright lights here this morning.  In fact it was hard to discern any light at all as it was the gloomiest day imaginable, cold and wet and very miserable. As we areContinue reading “On the slide”

More concerted action

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie, who has been out shooting night street scenes in Macao while working at the film festival there. We had another bright and sunny day today but it was even colder than yesterday so we were very pleased to be one of the parts of the country thatContinue reading “More concerted action”