Fame at last.

Today’s guest picture comes from my walking friend Mark. It shows a curious old gentleman who went with him on a walk yesterday. We were up and away promptly after breakfast when we cycled up to join the volunteers at the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve tree nursery. The last few trays of seedlings needed toContinue reading “Fame at last.”

A climb and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He saw some very beautiful water lilies today. Owing to one thing and another, I have started writing this post rather late in the evening, so it will be a rushed job, with writing kept to the minimum. Rather to our surprise, we had good weather allContinue reading “A climb and a tootle”

Driven to pedalling

Today’s guest picture shows the sort of thing that you see if you live in the middle of a big city. Our daughter Annie took it in her London garden. We had a lovely morning here, bright and sunny and not too much wind at all. We had a moorland morning as Mrs Tootlepedal wentContinue reading “Driven to pedalling”

The hills are alive . . .

Today’s guest picture comes from Paul, my Lancashire correspondent, who is currently in the Lake District. He visited Levens Hall, famous for its topiary. We had a fine, warm but pretty windy day here. Mrs Tootlepedal spent a lot of it in the garden, but she found time after coffee with Margaret to cycle aContinue reading “The hills are alive . . .”

Diagonal

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She visited Hestercombe Gardens, near Taunton, and has kindly sent me photographs of a selection of doors and openings. This is one of them. Others may follow. We had another grey day here to go with the very sombre international news, and the continuing indisposition ofContinue reading “Diagonal”

Carried away by the sunshine

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent Mary Jo. She is on a visit to British Columbia, and sent me this fine shot of a lake between Vernon and Coldstream. It was snowing heavily when we went to bed last night, so we were both pleased and surprised to wake up to a sunnyContinue reading “Carried away by the sunshine”

Going out like a lamb

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. I had to look twice to see that East Wemyss does not in fact have mist shrouded mountains in the background. After a night of heavy wind, we were relieved to find that there had been none of the destructive gusts that brought trouble before. In fact,Continue reading “Going out like a lamb”

More than a breath of fresh air

Today’s bright guest picture comes from my friend Simon. After sampling the sunshine on England’s northern fells last week, he went off to Europe to see what they could do there this week. We had another grey day here, slightly warmer than yesterday but much windier, especially in the afternoon. Mrs Tootlepedal went off onContinue reading “More than a breath of fresh air”

A day of rest

Today’s guest picture comes from Drospcone. On the golf course, the roots of this tree, which was toppled by Storm Arwen, show how little soil there is under the grass on the fairways. We had a fine day here at last, but I failed to make much use of it. As usual we went toContinue reading “A day of rest”

A bit of this and a bit of that

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent Paul. He is on holiday in the Lake District and had a splendid day today for enjoying views of the Kentmere Fells. My plan for the day, which involved enjoying wall to wall sunshine, coffee with Sandy and a mid length cycle ride, was an excellent planContinue reading “A bit of this and a bit of that”