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We all know that Waggon Wheels used to be enormous but tell me this: did walnut whips have another bit of nut inside at the bottom, or am I misremembering?
Saturday 16th August 2014
(Sæternesdæg syxteoða Weodmonað)
seventh day of the week, Old English sæterdæg, sæternesdæg, literally “day of the planet Saturn,” from Sæternes + Old English dæg. Partial loan-translation of Latin Saturni dies “Saturn’s day” (cf Dutch Zaterdag, Old Frisian Saterdi, Middle Low German Satersdach; Irish dia Sathuirn, Welsh dydd Sadwrn).
A homely ancient Nordic custom, however, seems to be preserved in Old Norse laugardagr, Danish lørdag, Swedish lördag “Saturday,” literally “bath day” (Old Norse laug “bath”). Etymology
Love the idea of “bath day” – that’s what Saturday was when I were a nipper.
A fairly unusual picture of a resting dragonfly on knapweed.
Bee feeding on clover; pretty climber on hawthorn; narrowboat Sonny on her way back home to Shireoaks’ marina and a banded demoiselle damselfly on Haggonfields bywash.
Shireoaks Woodlands is glowing yellow with bird’s foot trefoil, ragwort and fleabane.
Sunday the 17th
Up to Lady Lee nature reserve.
My phone has a fight with GPS: contrary to the evidence above, I didn’t walk across the water at Lady Lee. The Sony tablet’s better but I have to carry it in my rucksack* so it’s not as convenient.
Dragonflies are quite common now – they forage around quite a distance from water where they breed if I’m not mistaken. Even on Shireoaks Woodlands, about 200 yards from the nearest water course, the canal, there are quite a lot.
That’s a grasshopper I think (crickets are nocturnal). The narrowboat Louise Claire was moored at the Lock Keeper on its way East. I came across the dropping walking up the long field to Lady Lee; a bit of research leads me to believe it was probably from a fox.
Kids (I presume) have constructed a
dam weir across the Ryton – takes me back to my infancy when we used to dam the Meers brook in Sheffield. Fungus season’s coming up – here’s a stump covered in brackets. More dragonflies and a large white butterfly
Young rabbits are sometimes slow at crossing the footpath. The sky was black over Bill’s mother’s. Speaking of Bill – here’s Billie (yes, that is how it’s spelled) with Jasper – another dog that makes an unwarranted fuss of me.
It’s not easy to say which is spottier – the speckled wood or the bramble leaf. Water lilies seem to have the sun glowing at their heart. The police copter is forever to and fro over the pond and Worksop generally.
I seem to have made a speciality of taking ‘head on’ pictures of speckled wood butterflies. Dead nettles are still flowering. Down Canal Road the old fire station hose drying tower is said to be home to a nest of sparrowhawks.
On the recreation ground between Priorswell Road and Bracebridge they’ve carved out three beds a and filled them with flowers. About three times a week planes fly low on approach to Doncaster Airport, sometimes with wheels already down in readiness.
The rose garden at the end of the Canch isn’t half what it has been in former years but there’s still a few decent blooms left.
To Shireoaks Woodlands & back.
I rather like the swan on the pond.The rook was one of the regulars on the school field
A pigeon under Tylden Road bridge at Rhodesia (purple toes!). Convolvulus is a much disliked weed and flies were stomping about on thistle seeds.
Red admiral on ragwort to finish the day.
Old working boat Petrel was descending as Nb Meno Mosso (seen Meno Mosso several times – it’s based at Retford) headed uphill west of Morse Lock.
Nb Bancroft about to lock down through Morse towards the Trent. Little Brown Job tentatively identified as a chiffchaff (thanks Twitter)
On Brancliffe Farm a hedge is thoroughly laced with woody nightshade. Not quite as poisonous as the deadly version. The steps are down from the rail crossing at Turnerwood next to the canal feeder. Surprised me that they’re marked SNCF – French railways. Seen the Tiger Moth a load of times – it’s currently based at Netherthorpe airfield.
The swan was kipping on Godfrey’s pond.
As I write there’s ads for Bayer’s lungworm medication for dogs on t’ telly. Any connection with their bee killing insecticides?
Am I being somewhat cynical to see a PR job underway?
More to come