Cleaning up

Today’s guest post comes from our son Alistair. He found a welcome visitor in his garden and took this splendid picture of it. We had two unusual things to contend with when we got up. It had rained overnight and there was a greenfinch and a goldfinch on the feeder. I was able to copeContinue reading “Cleaning up”

Plan B again

Today’s guest picture comes from my Welsh correspondent Kieron and shows a Welsh tree from Wales. The wind was slightly kinder today but it was still very cold out in the garden, unless the sun was shining….which it did intermittently. When it shone, I tried to be ready with my little camera.  Among the familiarContinue reading “Plan B again”

Getting my goat

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie.  It shows some early peach blossom. We were promised wall to wall sunshine today by the forecasters with some confidence so it was disappointing to get up to a cloudy day with the standard chilly wind.  Still, it didn’t rain and I was able not only toContinue reading “Getting my goat”

Net gain

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo from Manitoba who is not in Manitoba at all at the moment.  She is in London and visited Kew Gardens where she took this picture.  You might think that as it was taken in a famous garden it shows a wonderful plant but in fact it is anContinue reading “Net gain”

Not a leg to stand on

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother Andrew’s cycle ride through Duffield.  As well as the pub, he saw a fine bridge over the Derwent  there. I had a subdued day today.  I was meaning to take a bit of exercise, but cold wet windy weather once again suggested that more rest for theContinue reading “Not a leg to stand on”

Hello, hello, hello

Today’s guest picture is a look back at Venetia’s African trip.  There are so few bees in our garden that I wondered whether a relative of this handsome carmine bee eater might be responsible for the dearth….but it is probably just the cool weather. A cold and sometimes drizzly day made it easy for meContinue reading “Hello, hello, hello”

A very full day

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Bruce from his recent visit to Sheffield.  I have never seen a public bicycle pump station like this before but it strikes as me as a good idea. There was never a dull moment today with no less than three visiting experts.  Ian painted the garage doors,Continue reading “A very full day”

Serious rain at last

Today’s guest picture of her allotment was sent to me by our daughter Annie, and shows that she takes after her mother…and then some.  She did get some help. The day started with lovely sunshine and steadily got greyer until it was raining in Edinburgh  when we got there.   We were not complaining as theContinue reading “Serious rain at last”

Icicling and bicycling

Today’s guest picture is a weather vane from the Somerset Rural Life Museum sent to me by Venetia, my Somerset correspondent.  The weather vane is a memorial to a long serving volunteer at the museum, a nice idea. The weather here was warm and sunny but not quite as warm and sunny as yesterday asContinue reading “Icicling and bicycling”

Full of beans

Today’s guest picture comes from one of my Canadian correspondents, Lucie.  She has been visiting relatives in the UK and when she passed through Edinburgh on her way north, she stopped off to check out the view from the castle. We had a warm and sunny day today and with lighter winds, it felt likeContinue reading “Full of beans”