OOPS: New Year’s Eve 2021 Reprise

It is just gone half past eleven o’ the evenin’ on December the 31st and I thought that I might put some pics on t’ web. I’ve got Twitter, Tiktok (although no-one’s seen it) and even Facebook! The last i against my will but someone asked me to so …

I’ve not posted on here since pics from October so here’s some December ones. They’ll be mostly all just pics from around the pond, hardly any commentary.

Friday the Seventeenth of December

Lichen (liken or litchen? – up to you) is at its best when the leaves are absent so there’s a lot of pics of the various types – I keep intending to learn more about it.


Sat 18th Dec

Just taking a second or two to wish you all a happy new year – it’s midnight! Trust 2022 will be an improvement on 2021.

The black cat is Notmycat™ – a feral beast who has graciously allowed me to feed him and permits me to use his bed. The tabby is another feral beast – this one’s at a friend’s door.

There’s the first cherry blossom of the winter and this season’s earliest goosanders

Obviously loads of lichen pics.

Every time I walk round the pond I throw some grain for the ducks and swans

And I walk up the canal to the twenty mile (from Chesterfield) stone where I drop seed for robins. dunnocks, tits (great and blue) and blackbirds.

Robins are territorial in the extreme.


Gonna publish this NOW – will follow up later in the year (Perhaps)

Still October

Friday the Eighth

What sort of a word is “eighth”? Starts with two vowels and ends with four consonants – stupid word!

Eighth: next in order after the seventh; an ordinal numeral; being one of eight equal parts into which a whole is regarded as divided; late 14c., eighthe, contracted from Old English eahtoða, from Proto-Germanic ahtudon (source also of Old High German ahtoda, Old Frisian achta, German achte, Gothic ahtuda).

Man Friday: from the 1719 book Robinson Crusoe the term Man Friday became an idiom to describe an especially faithful servant or one’s best servant or right-hand man. The female equivalent, Girl Friday, has been used since 1912.

Spiders are always with us but in October they really make their presence known.

A couple of spiders doing spidery things


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Onward in October

Playing catch up

Thursday the Seventh of October

Thursday: fifth day of the week, Old English þurresdæg, a contraction (perhaps influenced by Old Norse þorsdagr) of þunresdæg, literally “Thor’s day,” from Þunre, genitive of Þunor “Thor”; from Proto-Germanic thonaras daga, a loan-translation of Latin Jovis dies “day of Jupiter.”

Seventh: next in order after the sixth; an ordinal numeral; being one of seven equal parts into which a whole is regarded as divided;” c. 1300, from seven + -th, replacing earlier sevendeseveth, from Old English seofunda (Anglian, Northumbrian), seofoþa (West Saxon), from ProtoGermanic sebundon.

October: late Old English, from Latin October (mensis), from octo “eight,” from root *octo(u)- “eight”. The eighth month of the old Roman calendar (pre-46 B.C.E.), which began the year in March.

(There, aren’t you happy that I told you all that?)

On with the pics:

Starting with the view from my window: sparrows love to hang on to the hollyhock stems and pick the seeds while waiting for a space on the feeders.

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