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.
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)
🎵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.
Two damselflies: a female blue tailed and a male common blue
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.
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
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 close–up“
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
Ants on their aphid farm