Home alone

Today’s guest picture is an arty effort from Edinburgh, courtesy of my younger son. The first business of the day was toast and porridge and the second was a trip to Carlisle to put our guests on the London train and wave goodbye.  Owing to following the precautionary principle with a little too much zeal,Continue reading “Home alone”

Making the best of the day

Today’s picture shows my sister-in-law Catherine admiring a South African locomotive in a Welsh station at Porthmadoc on their recent Welsh holiday. It was another lovely morning and this time, I had nothing to stop me making the most of it on my speedy bike. It was warm enough for me to shed all superfluousContinue reading “Making the best of the day”

Climb every mountain

Today’s picture shows a fine patch of bluebells on the Lodge Walks.  Spring really is here now.  The bluebells make it official. In a foolish moment last night, I said to Sandy that if he woke up early he should give me a ring and we would have a quick expedition.  He woke up earlyContinue reading “Climb every mountain”

The first and probably the last day of summer.

Today’s picture shows a sunlit Ewes valley. The day was like this from the very start.  Dropscone told me later that he had done 25 miles on the bike before breakfast.  I had a blood test so I couldn’t start out until that had been done.  At about ten o’clock, I went round the morningContinue reading “The first and probably the last day of summer.”

Mob handed

Today’s picture shows my brother Andrew at Pop’s View in NZ.  It was taken by my sister Susan on her phone.  Who needs a camera? We didn’t have quite the same mountains to look at here today, but we did have some excellent sunshine.  It was still freezing when we got up but the sunshineContinue reading “Mob handed”

A little learning

Today’s picture shows my old place of work standing above the building site which is going to provide a replacement.  I bet the new building doesn’t last as long as the old one. It was another cold, cold morning with a bitter east wind of considerable strength and I sensibly decided to forgo any thoughtContinue reading “A little learning”

All change again

Today’s picture shows a slightly uninviting opportunity to sit outside a pub on the river in Barnes.  My daughter Annie sent it and tells me that she didn’t sit out today.  Wimp. We had another day of mixed weather, starting with this… …but changing into this as the day went on. I went across theContinue reading “All change again”

Will this fine weather never end?

Today’s picture shows a Zulu dancer and his group who were performing in Langholm today.  Not the sort of thing we see every day. The Zulu group rounded off a very good day indeed. The day started, as usual on the first Saturday of a month, with a visit to our local producers’ market whereContinue reading “Will this fine weather never end?”

Two pedals and a toddle

Today’s picture came to mind when Dropscone and I were drinking a plain cup of black coffee from simple tea cups.  They do these things differently in France as this picture from his recent holiday shows. We had yet another dry day today and although it was still hovering only just above zero when weContinue reading “Two pedals and a toddle”

The unexpected scone (et Le Tour des Eglises)

Today’s picture shows a pair of charming twins enjoying some sunshine on a morning outing. I was enjoying the same sunshine on a morning walk of my own.  At 2° it was a touch too chilly to cycle so I decided to enjoy the fresh air of a wonderful morning while Mrs Tootlepedal went toContinue reading “The unexpected scone (et Le Tour des Eglises)”