A free excursion

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. Though this riverside park would normally have been a hive of activity, the 30 degree plus temperatures were keeping most people firmly in the shade today. It was pretty warm in Langholm too today but at 27°C in mid afternoon it was nowhere near as hot asContinue reading “A free excursion”

A matching pair

Today’s guest picture is from Paul. He was exploring the tracks round Entwistle Reservoir and spotted this handsome heron. Our excellent spell of summer weather continued here with another warm dry and mostly sunny day. We could get used to this sort of thing. I was reading the newspapers after breakfast when Mrs Tootlepedal calledContinue reading “A matching pair”

A late stroll in the sunshine

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She ventured over the border into Wiltshire to find this fine gate at Courts Garden in Holt. After a brief effort over the last few days, the weather gods stopped even pretending it was summer here today and dropped back into very cool temperatures and occasionalContinue reading “A late stroll in the sunshine”

Beer but no skittles

Today’s guest picture is another from Tony in sunny East Wemyss. He passed this delightful garden maintained by OAPs for the benefit of passers by. We had another lovely day here with the only worry that it might get a bit too hot for us pallid northerners. One sign of the easing of the lockdownContinue reading “Beer but no skittles”

Acting my age

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who extended her permitted walk as far as Regents Park where she enjoyed the rose garden. We had a warm and sunny day today with light winds.  Days like this are to be treasured. The star in the garden was the first peony, beating the tree peonyContinue reading “Acting my age”

Azalea Armageddon

Today’s guest picture comes from Sandy.  He has attached a bird box to his shed and is very happy to see that it is getting used by blue tits. The day started with a WhatsApp conversation with Annie and Joe and our granddaughter Evie.  Evie is ten months old now and very grown up. WeContinue reading “Azalea Armageddon”

Not a scone to be seen

Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce’s recent trip to the central belt of Scotland.  He found a bit of a wall there that wasn’t built by Hadrian. There was torrential rain to the south of us today, leading to serious flooding in England but it was warm and dry here when I got up.  ThereContinue reading “Not a scone to be seen”

Better than expected

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s visit to Orviedo while he is in Spain.  It shows the  800 AD church of St Julian, built in the Byzanto-romano style, which the ruling Visigoths of Asturia liked. The advance forecast has been rather gloomy about the weather this week, but we got a stay ofContinue reading “Better than expected”

Plum crazy

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who visited a Book Cafe but found that reading one of their books might be tricky.  He tells me that he didn’t bolt his coffee and cake though. This morning couldn’t have offered a greater contrast to yesterday’s summer weather.  The clouds were clamped down on theContinue reading “Plum crazy”

Brightening up

Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s visit to Kew Gardens.  As well as the glass sculptures, she met this imposing dragon. The rain stopped on cue over night and we woke up to a calm and sunny day with the dam looking as though butter wouldn’t melt in its mouth.  All theContinue reading “Brightening up”