September!

Starting as I mean to go on* – a few more comments on the pics and so on.

*but I don’t forget that the road to hell is paved with good intentions

I live about fifty metres from Godfrey’s Pond, or Sandhill Lake as it’s officiallly known.
What Three Words ///clown.sparks.shiny

The ‘Godfrey’ bit of the name comes, I am told, from the former owner who was a pig owner and butcher who’s sties were where my flat now stands. Godfrey also sold fly maggots for anglers.

Pond: about CE 1300 “artificially banked body of water,” variant of pound “enclosed place”. Applied locally to natural pools and small lakes from late 15c.
(Interestingly: “Jocular use in reference to the Atlantic Ocean dates from 1640s.” I thought it was a modern usage.)

Sandhill refers to the origin of the pond: excavating sand for ‘export’ on the canal.

Lake: “body of water surrounded by land and filling a depression or basin,” early 12c., from Old French lack and directly from Latin lacus “pond, pool, lake,” also “basin, tank, reservoir” (related to lacuna “hole, pit”)
There was a Germanic form of the root which yielded Old English lacu “stream, pool, pond,” lagu “sea flood, water, extent of the sea,” leccan “to moisten”. In Middle English, lake, as a descendant of the Old English word, also could mean “stream; river gully; ditch; marsh; grave; pit of hell,” and this might have influenced the form of the borrowed word.


Tuesday the First of September

There are houses on two sides of the pond and consequently an excess of cats.

Speckled wood butterflies are increasingly common although there don’t seem to be as many as in former years.

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August

A short way through the month I got fed up with working on the pics so I Just put ’em all in daily slideshows.

They’ve all been on my twitter so you can keep up with ’em there’

It’ll only take a few seconds for you to click on the arrows to page through the pics so enjoy!


Saturday, the First of the Month

August 1st is ‘Yorkshire Day’ – to promote the historic English county. It was celebrated in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as a protest movement against the Local Government re-organisation of 1974. The date alludes to the Battle of Minden (1759) and it is also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, had campaigned.

1740 Rule Britannia was sung for the first time, for the then Prince of Wales’s daughter’s third birthday.

1774 Joseph Priestley identified oxygen, which he called ‘a new species of air’.

1798 The English, under Nelson, destroyed the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile, in Aboukir Bay, stopping Napoleon Bonaparte’s plans to invade the Middle East.

1800 The Act of Union 1800 was passed which merged the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1975 Cigarette advertising was banned on British television.


Apparently, although I don’t remember, I didn’t go beyond my back garden where there were bees in the sunflowers

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