Not quite a Zephyr

Today’s colourful guest picture is another one from my sister Caroline’s holiday in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. We got a reminder of how gentle the breezes have been lately when we woke to a grey and very blustery day today. I read on the internet that Zephyrus, the god of the west wind,Continue reading “Not quite a Zephyr”

Sunshine and song

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She has just had a short holiday on the Isle of Wight, and found a sunny day to visit Ventnor Botanical Gardens. We had a warm day here, with a lot of excellent sunshine and light winds. It would have been the perfect day for a longContinue reading “Sunshine and song”

Help for old knees

Today’s guest picture shows the West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills in Derby. My brother Andrew passed it on his walk today, and a good deal of noise indicated that it was being used as a wedding venue. We had a generally dry day, with only one short shower to disturb the gardeners. Both SandyContinue reading “Help for old knees”

Levelling up

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She took this peaceful canal scene today just to show the rest of her family that she had been out and about. The forecast was right, and it was a bit cooler today than the past two days. However, it was only a bit cooler, and asContinue reading “Levelling up”

Getting acquainted with Sir Isaac Newton

Today’s guest picture comes from ex Archive Group member Ken. He visited Cragside and found a splendid Archimedes screw. The Archimedes screw is a 17m long galvanised turbine weighing several tonnes. Last year, it produced 21,000kwh, providing Cragside with around 4% of its electricity. I intended to go cycling today, starting as early as possible.Continue reading “Getting acquainted with Sir Isaac Newton”

Braking distance

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. She is on holiday in Tenerife and enjoying the flowers there. This is Lantana. We had another day with a chilly morning but quite a lot of sunshine here. Dropscone remarked that he was pleased to have been well wrapped up when he cycled over for coffeeContinue reading “Braking distance”

Singing in the sun

Today’s guest picture comes from Elaine, my correspondent on the north east coast of England. It shows a very impressive life boat and mover at Seahouses, purchased with public donations. Elaine tells me that it cost £3 million. The end of our warm and sunny spell of weather is in sight, so we made sureContinue reading “Singing in the sun”

A quiet day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary, who found a wonderful show of colour on a recent visit to the park. We are still a bit short of colour in our garden, which is no surprise after another chilly night. At least we had a good day to follow the cold night. In spiteContinue reading “A quiet day”

Treacle treat

Today’s guest picture comes from Mrs Tootlepedal while on her cycle ride this afternoon. She passed the moorland wild goats grazing among the long grass . We didn’t have any more frost last night, and we enjoyed a reasonably warm, reasonably calm day today. It was warm enough for coffee outside, and I was veryContinue reading “Treacle treat”

Up to speed

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Gavin who is on holiday in the west of our region. He enjoyed the sight of the Bladnoch Distillery, and the aromas too. This is the most southerly of Scotland’s many distilleries. We had the hedgehog camera out over night, and when Mrs Tootlepdal brought it in, weContinue reading “Up to speed”