Blogs, soap containers and walking with a camera

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Just a word about publishing WordPress blogs – of which this is one. While editing there’s a box at the right-hand side of the display looking like this:


To check how the page will look when ready for the big wide world without letting everyone see, the   Preview   button can be clicked, this creates a preview (duh!) on a separate browser tab.
This box slides up as the bottom of the worked on page is reached. Thus the   Publish   button becomes the only part of the section visible.
Inattention will mean that instead of   Preview  ,   Publish   is pressed. I’ve accidentally given blog posts premature release several times now and probably will again.


DSC_4236Liquid soap thingsmallA while ago I got hooked on using liquid soap (Palmolive) rather than tablets thereof. Mainly it’s that you can work up a decent soapiness however hot or not the water is – I use it as shaving lotion as well – recommended!
And so?
Well, what can you do with the old containers? They’ve a lovely pump action dispenser that probably costs more than the contents and it seems such a waste to just throw them away. The labels peel off easily but leave a nasty sticky residue.

Suggestions as to uses for them please. (printable please ;-))


Thursday 7th August 2014

Really chuffed with this picture:
DSC_1037Gatekeeper on ragwortIt’s only a female gatekeeper on ragwort, which I’ve got a thousand pictures of, but the grass and almost monochrome background do something.


A speckled wood perched on a berry and a green veined white feeding.


Fairly certain that this is a “brown argus” butterfly – strangely it’s a ‘blue’.Brown Argus


Knapweed’s a good food plant for bees too.
Narrowboat Beatty had only just left Morse lock as I came down the canal.
I’ve a grapevine in my (tiny) garden which I’ve rather let go mad this year – must prune it back this winter.


Friday 8th

Used to be an every day photo – a grebe patrolling. I must be growing a bit blasé about ’em.
DSC_1388Great crested grebe on Godfrey's pond


Nb Beatty again – moored at the Lock Keeper.
Nb Hay Boat has a rather cute crew member. The reason for the name. I was told, was that when their (now adult) kids were nippers, they had always been promised that sometime they would get “A boat” (that’s ‘A’ pronounced ‘ay’). When the boat was eventually acquired BW didn’t allow boat names beginning with a single word ‘A’, so “Hay Boat” was the next best thing.
Sparrows are said to be less common than before, but you wouldn’t know it round here.
When you see a grebe with a fish on the surface it’s almost certainly got hungry young nearby as they usually eat ’em as they catch ’em underwater.


Saturday 9th



The cats go in and out through my kitchen window so I occasionally leave it open all night – it’s not very big and a burglar’d get stuck more likely than not. This means that other things can enter – in this case a rather fine snail.
Nb Hay Boat moored at the Lock Keeper.
I forget whose roach this was and why I found it worth snapping.

Ripples on the canal are often worth recording. They remind me of the old bathroom window glass.
The fence around the cricket pitch is just low enough to photograph over.
More snails.


Monday 11th

Round the pond and up to Shireoaks Woodlands (the old pit spoil heap) where I met, quite by chance, Ian & his two dogs. Down to the Marina and then back down to do the shopping in town.14 08 11 woodland


A green veined white feeding on a thistle flower.
Two slightly differently exposed views of the same dragonfly.
Narrowboat (hireboat) Robin Hood leaving Morse Lock.


Up onto the tip. A dragonfly on a thistle seed head.
There’s a good number of marsh orchids on the Woodlands – obviously blooming’s over but they’re making seeds like mad.
I bumped into Ian and his two dogs on the top – Archie (Archy?) always goes rooting for a stick when he sees me – he rather out performed this time.
Back down at the canal I caught brief sight of a kingfisher at Shireoaks Middle Lock – just for evidence I’ve ‘shopped a couple of distant views together.
A grey wagtail was perched momentarily on the edge of the lock pound.


Down the canal a young robin.
The moorhen chick was being offered a condom!
Two birds with one slug on the towpath …
… and a beautiful little tufted duck on the pond.


Tuesday 12th

Town and back with a side jaunt to the rugby club. Forgot to turn the tracker on for the return.14 08 12


All three of the grebe chicks at one view.
A dragonfly on the new pond path.
A small white feeding on convolvulus.
She started with (at least) nine – down to three chicks.
Dragonfly basking on the towpath.
Again I’ve no memory of whose fish this was – pretty big ‘un though.
Sparrows love the fence as a vantage point.


Wednesday 13th

The gatekeeper:ragwort pairing is becoming a bit monotonous, no?
The mushrooms were in wood chippings from spring’s tree clearance.
Goldfinches often sit on the top of this particular hawthorn chirruping away.
Hawthorns are reddening up.
Is this one of the last ladybirds of the summer?
And a speckled wood on a spotty dock leaf.


Thursday 14th

Been learning how to use (read “playing with”) my camera. First off started by whooping ISO up and down – that apparently increases the sensitivity of the camera. This insect was snapped at enormous ISO of 6400.
DSC_2320Thistle meeet Wasp


The first gull below was at ISO 6400, so not generally recommended (but see the waspy thing above) the second at ISO 100 as was the mallard


Friday 15th

We’re down to one swan on the pond now.DSC_2702Swan lake


The geometric pattern of a wasp contrast with the smooth circles of the ragwort.
Rose bay willow herb (fireweed) is popular with bees.
Litter makes an excellent basking point for dragonflies. Horrid though, innit?
Staring at the camera is a speckled wood.
The gull doing Delorean door impressions showing off to a tufty.


Now only two of the mallard brood left.
Reeds have male and female flowers respectively looking like tiny brussels sprouts and spiky balls.
Goldfinches call from atop hawthorns.
I can never identify waspy things like the one on the blossom.
Speckled wood balancing on a haw.

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4 thoughts on “Blogs, soap containers and walking with a camera

  1. So – these sticks.
    Do they get dropped at your feet?
    Our dog will quite happily run after /for stuff, but hasn’t got the idea of letting go.
    Paul has to have two rings to throw for her. Waving the second makes her drop the first.
    Very cute, no brains.


    • No. Refuses to let go and generally alternates being ahead/behind us as we walk. The sticks are great for ankle rapping as behind changes to ahead.

      Dunno if he behaves like this with anyone else.

      The other dog (Alfy) also goes berserk at the sight of me: rushing up and jumping up to be petted. Dunno why – I’ve never done anything particularly for either of them. 🙂



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