Really zooming along


I have a general rule that if I’m going out and might meet anyone that I’m likely to talk to, then I wear a mask. As most of my walks eventually end up at the local shops this effectively means that I wear a mask every time I go out.

I bought two boxes of fifty masks on t’internet.
Although bought from Boots (an ex-British company) I suspect they were made in a non-English speaking country: the box description includes “Plane type”.

Once on I don’t remove it until I return home where I can wash my hands and chuck it in the washer.

I’ve also just bought a cloth mask from Wilko (£3.00) which is at the moment in the washing machine ’cause it tells you to wash it before use.

A tissue must have snuck in with the other stuff. Result: black mask with interesting white sprickles.

On with the month:

Thursday the Ninth of July

Thursday: fifth day of the week, Old English þurresdæg, a contraction of þunresdæg, literally “Thor’s day,” from Þunre, genitive of Þunor “Thor” ; from Proto-Germanic *thonaras daga (source also of Old Frisian thunresdei, Middle Dutch donresdach, Dutch donderdag, Old High German Donares tag, German Donnerstag, Danish and Swedish Torsdag “Thursday”), a loan-translation of Latin Jovis dies “day of Jupiter.”
Roman Jupiter was identified with the Germanic Thor. The Latin word is the source of Italian giovedi, Old French juesdi, French jeudi, Spanish jueves, and is itself a loan-translation of Greek dios hēmera “the day of Zeus.”

Tufted vetch flower in the wet

Rowan berries are reddening up beautifully

Tenth of July

in 1040 Lady Godiva rode naked on horseback through the streets of Coventry to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes.

The ducks (and geese and swans) like a bit of birdseed

Mummy swan and the kids on the ramp.

A female blue tailed damselfly.

No idea!

I think that this is probably possibly a shield bug but I have no idea which.

Who in their right mind would take a picture of a tiny piece of poo?


Green shield bug

Is this a shield bug?

Meadow brown butterfly feeding on clover.
These aren’t as common this year. (so far)

Small skipper

🎵Nuts, whole hazelnuts.
🎵Cadburys take them and they cover them in chocolate.🎵

Eleventh of July

Moon at two thirty AM

On this day in:

1274: Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland was born. His body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, while it is believed his heart was interred in Melrose Abbey.

1576: Yorkshire born explorer Martin Frobisher sighted Greenland. In all he made three voyages to the New World to look for the Northwest Passage. He was later knighted for his service in repelling the Spanish Armada.

1656: Ann Austin and Mary Fisher became the first Quakers to arrive in America and were promptly arrested. Five weeks later they were deported, back to England.

1776: Captain Cook sailed from Plymouth in the Resolution, accompanied by the Discovery, on his last expedition. He was killed in Hawaii in a fight with Hawaiians in 1779. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge which was to influence his successors well into the 20th century and numerous memorials worldwide have been dedicated to him, including this one at Whitby where Cook served as a merchant navy apprentice.

Captain Cook

Two damselflies: a female blue tailed and a male common blue

A grasshopper

Grasshoppers abound in the south facing hillside to the north of the pond. They’re not easy to photograph as they are either constantly jumping if the sun is warm or invisibly immobile if it’s not.

Small skipper, green veined white and a red admiral.

Dock bug

Deceptively pretty greenish white flower of white briony

I know that these aren’t good pictures – I was taken by surprise and it was gone in seconds – but I think that this is a mink. It was on the footpath at the south-west of the pond.

My old friend the short beaked heron is back. He (or, of course, she) has been around and about for at least five years now.

Here’s that dock bug again on its dock leaf.

And some pretty but poisonous nightshade to finish the day.

July the Twelfth

2012 The public launch of the Canal & River Trust. The new charity took over from British Waterways and was given responsibility for canals and rivers in England and Wales. It was the largest ever single transfer of state assets to the voluntary sector.

Anderton Boat Lift, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’.
(not my pic – nicked off the net

Moon at a quarter to four (in the morning!)

Dock bugs

Mating dock bugs tail to tail.
Which is female,
Which is male?


Ragwort feed loads of insects!

Caterpillars and mating red soldiers

As do thistles

Common blue damsel


Comma butterfly showing its comma

Monday July the Thirteenth

Thirteenth: from Old English þreoteoða (West Saxon), þriteogeða (Anglian)

Moon at ten to three o’ the clock

DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup

A clump of cygnets.

Fireweed, as I believe rose bay willow herb is known across the pond.

The blackbirds will be feasting on the ripening rowan berries soon.

Cinnabar’s occasionally feed on other plants, here one’s on a nettle as is the ringlet. Hazelnuts are slowly ripening along the towpath.

Tuesday the Fourteenth of July

Tuesday: third day of the week, Old English tiwesdæg, from Tiwes.

Fourteenth: from Old English feowerteoða,

1766: The official opening of the 137 mile long Grand Union Canal (Britain’s longest canal) that links London to Birmingham.

1858: The birth, in Moss Side Manchester, of Emmeline Pankhurst, the English suffragette who led the fight for women’s suffrage in Britain, often by violent means.

Moon at ten past six. Just beginning to cloud over.

Hollyhock outside my garden window

Back garden grapes are growing

Snail ascending

Ants on their aphid farm


Published by Roger

2 thoughts on “Really zooming along

  1. The things I didn’t know I didn’t know.
    You’re lucky to have a vine – do you ever get grapes ripe enough to eat?
    Bird seed attracts more than birds.
    First there were baby rabbits, which are also trying to earn their keep by keeping the grass down.
    Then came the baby rats.
    i stopped filling the hanging feeders and put seed on the bird table. There’s room on it for two rats.
    The rowan berries here are nowhere near ripening.
    Not seen a hazel bush or tree, but there may be some lurking where I don’t go.


    1. In September when the grapes are purple
      Marguerite pick the grapes with me
      There are silver bells upon her fingers
      All the little boys come out to see

      Yes the grapes ripen – loads of ’em.

      Bird seed attracts squirrels and at least one rat. Especially the detritus they dump on the ground under the feeders. I’ve got wheat growing now.

      The birds attract cats and a sparrowhawk and there were a couple of hedgehogs mating noisily a few weeks ago.

      Our rowans are fully ripe now – blackbirds love ’em. The only hazel trees that I know are adjacent to the canal towpath and have nuts if you know what to look for.



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