A lot better than expected

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s recent garden visits in Somerset. This lovely pattern was captured at The Newt, which is a country estate and not an amphibian in this case. The forecast had been a bit apocalyptic with talk of blizzards and gales and Arctic blasts, but I am beginning to suspect thatContinue reading “A lot better than expected”

This side and that

Today’s guest picture shows a couple of flamingos trying to keep warm by dancing in our son Alistair’s snowy Edinburgh garden. It was pretty hard to keep warm in our garden this morning even though it isn’t very snowy at all, but I had to go out into the chilly air after breakfast when weContinue reading “This side and that”

Modified sunshine

Today’s guest picture comes from Mrs Tootlepedal. She has been knitting mittens for our granddaughter Evie to wear in this cold spell. After some pretty gloomy days, we at last got some sunshine here today… …..but it was heavily modified by this sort of thing… …which turned up without notice out of a blue skyContinue reading “Modified sunshine”

Lining up a new route

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia. She found a very elaborate tree on one of her local walks. After a night of rain, we woke to a morning of rain. To show how one day runs almost invisibly into another during lockdown, when I was considering yesterday’s post I completely forgot thatContinue reading “Lining up a new route”

A crowded day

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who found that his local river, the Derwent, had got a bit too enthusiastic yesterday. The first picture in the post today looks a little out of place, but honestly, it was nearly today when I took it when I went to bed last night. I lookedContinue reading “A crowded day”

Tried and tested

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone. It shows his golfing partner Tom enjoying the delights of the winter game beside a large and icy puddle. I think that it may be possible to have too much fun sometimes. We woke up to another dry and frosty morning. When I went out into the garden, IContinue reading “Tried and tested”

Out and out

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline who lives in Southsea in Portsmouth. She found a brisk breeze rippling the waters of a fountain on her walk today. After two days of rain, it was a relief to wake up to a different sort of day here today. This was the view from anContinue reading “Out and out”

Selective snowing

Today’s guest picture is needed to brighten up a second wet and grey day in succession here. Needless to say, it is from Tony in East Wemyss. He took it last week. We woke to a day of two halves here, up and down. Looking down on the garden all was green, but looking upContinue reading “Selective snowing”

Icing on the cake

Today’s guest picture comes from Annie and Joe who had taken our granddaughter Evie down to the river Thames to enjoy the golden evening light. The temperature fell very low (-10C, 14F) last night here, and when I looked at our thermometer just before midday, it was still pretty chilly outside our kitchen window. OnceContinue reading “Icing on the cake”

Well shod

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. On one of her recent walks, she passed this fine example of a Victorian gothic building at Holly Village in Highgate. After another sub zero night here, we had a fine dry day which struggled to get above zero, though it did manage to climb to 2°CContinue reading “Well shod”