My pre-holiday newsletter

To make the most of the run-up to our holiday I knocked together a simple newsletter that aggregates various sources of information.

So, the weather information I’m pulling from Google RSS feeds

Photos of the area, I’m pulling from Flickr – for example,,Landscape

News feeds are being pulled from a variety of sources – one, for example, is the The Montana Standard (RSS for the local area news at

And, of grim fascination, the exchange rate for Sterling to the Dollar is being scraped from a simple Google query.

The whole lot is compiled using a cron job once a day, and a prettified email  including a dynamically generated countdown image is sent to me and my partner, Helen.  The finished thing looks something like this: