Sorry ’bout that!

Bit of a hiatus there – no posts since that covering the end of November – who’s a naughty boy?
Reasons for this dereliction of duty:

  • Sheer idleness
  • Lack of anything amusing to say
  • Much the same old pictures – nothing new
  • Sheer idleness (oops, did I do that one already?)

Should you wish to see what you’ve missed, pics are all here on FlickrLINK by date.
I’m in a dilemma at the moment, I’ve saved up some pennies and wanna buy something. Question is which? Choices are:

  1. Nikon D7100 camera £749
  2. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens £475.9
  3. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens £669
  4. Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM for £590
  5. Tamron SP AF150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens £899

Prices are Amazon; I’m not saying that’s where I’d buy but the prices are fairly representative.
The camera is the next step up in the Nikon range – it’s got a terrifically increased ‘pixel count’ and sundry control improvements.
The two 18-300 lenses appear similar but note the second has larger [6.3→5.6] aperture at maximum extension.
The two larger lenses only close down to 150mm (no good for macros) and would definitely require use of tripod at max, I’ve got shaky hands. (Not an age thing – I’ve always had shaky hands – couldn’t use a film camera some 30 years ago unless lighting was brilliant)
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Second half of November

See Flickr for more.


16th November 2012

Robins are shouting heir territorial claims.

Robins are shouting their territorial claims.

Flickrlink


17th

Heron on Rhodesia quarry pond

Heron on Rhodesia quarry pond

Flickrlink


18th

Grey wagtail and goldfinch on a roof.

Grey wagtail and goldfinch on a roof.

Flickrlink


19th

There's a couple of folk who feed the ducks daily. The ducks see 'em well before they arrive.

There’s a couple of folk who feed the ducks daily. The ducks see ’em well before they arrive.

Flickrlink


20th

Possibly my new favourite  birds for cuteness

Possibly my new favourite birds for cuteness

Flickrlink


22nd

Elusive jay

Elusive jay

Flickrlink


23rd

More long tailed cuteness.

More long tailed cuteness.

Flickrlink


24th

Beautiful lady mallard

Beautiful lady mallard

Flickrlink


25th

Crow in treetop

Crow in treetop


Flickrlink


26th

Sparrers in a sparrer bush

Sparrers in a sparrer bush

Flickrlink


28th

Couple of dogs at Brancliffe

Couple of dogs at Brancliffe

Fairly long walk to Turnerwood: Flickrlink


29th

Flock of goldfinches.

Flock of goldfinches.

Flickrlink


30th

Moon in the afternoon

Moon in the afternoon

Flickrlink


That’s all for November folks

Only 27 days behind.

A quick woosh through October

Butterflies becoming less apparent as the month goes on.
All these pics and more are on my Flickrlink


Wednesday the First of October 2014

Walked up to the doctors to book prescriptions. Went the long way round!

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September and on:

T’other day I set out on my usual daily walk. Coming through the bushes around the pond I saw a once familiar sight: a guy I used to see almost every day walking his dog – a white Jack/Staffy cross I think; name of Angel (the dog, not the guy). I haven’t seen him for a good while and said as much to him. “I’ve been in a coma for a month.” He said. I was about to ask more but he forestalled me with: “In ten minutes I’ll have forgotten meeting you, but I remember you from before.”

Anyhow: no chat – on with the pics:
All the pictures here are on my Flickrlink page under the appropriate date. If there’s a lot for a particular date I’ve put in a link.


15th Sept ’14


16th


17th

Omnipresent Robin

Omnipresent Robin


This tree's about 50ft from my door what tree is it?

This tree’s about 50ft from my door what tree is it?


18th

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19th>

Heron (Doin' The Buggerin' Off)

Heron (Doin’ The Buggerin’ Off)

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20th

To Scofton and back

To Scofton and back

Stable bridge with a Narrowboat

Stable bridge with a Narrowboat

Greenfinch

Greenfinch

Owl and pussycat guarding the West door of Scofton Church.

 

More pics herelink


22nd

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit


23rd

Spinner

Spinner

Kes

Kes


24th

Robin on the fence

Robin on the fence


25th

Appeared at my back door  - loved cat food.

Appeared at my back door – loved cat food.


26th

Wasp attacking a comma butterfly

Wasp attacking a comma butterfly


27th

Hovering dragonfly

Hovering dragonfly

Spider wrapping up its dinner

Spider wrapping up its dinner


29th

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff


30th September 2014

Boys will be boys (?)

Boys will be boys (?)

Cock pheasant walking across the field

Cock pheasant walking across the field

Try to snap the moon every month - not always successfully

Try to snap the moon every month – not always successfully

Only 2½ months to catch up now!

Second week of September

I either read or was told some years ago that oak trees are the single plant that supports more other species than any other. A bit of googling leads me to “up to 284 species of insect” and 324 varieties of lichens on any one tree. The number of insects feeds a population of birds. Jays, pigeons, pheasants, ducks, squirrels, mice, badgers, deer and pigs feast on acorns in the autumn. Something I didn’t know: Acorns are not produced until the tree is at least 40 years old. (from here)link“.


Cats and flying insects have a common ability: they have access to “warp drive”.
Many a time I have left my bedroom, with a cat sound asleep on the covers, to arrive in the kitchen to find the cat already waiting at his food dish without detectably passing me en route. Similarly a butterfly or dragonfly can jump from where you were watching it closely to appear seemingly instantly several yards away in the length of time it takes to raise a camera to the eye and focus.


September was Haligmonað – holy month or Hærfestmonað – harvest festival month to the “Old English”. I’m not sure when these “Old English” folk flourished – rootling round the web gives me 450CE to 1100CE
Ð(cap) or ð(lower) [eth] is pronounced like “th” in “the”; apparently it’s a “voiced fricative”.
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September beginneth

The header pic is the Chesterfield canal between Doefield Dun Lock and Shireoaks Low Bridge.

Charley’s dead

When I were a lad, girls would blush in shame if their petticoat, underskirt or slip was showing. The expression “Charley’s dead” was either shouted, to mock, or whispered, to covertly alert, the wearer when her underskirt was showing below the hem of her skirt or dress. Apparently the expression comes from the death of King Charles – he had pleasured so many ladies during his life that many lowered their petticoats in lieu of half-masting a flag.

Voluminous underskirts

Voluminous underskirts

In the late 50s – early 60s there was a period when lasses wore many underskirts which were starched or, rumour had it, soaked in sugar water to keep them stiffly expanded.
 

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