It’s still September

If I’m not careful I’ll catch up with myself, blogging at this rate.

Tuesday 20th September ’16

A “Grade ‘A’, grey day”* on the pond. What’s the correct spelling of GREY (or GRAY) anyhow? Apparently gray is used more in the U.S of A. but grey elsewhere although either is OK wherever you are. see herelink.
Ivy flowers have pollen covered stamens to coat wasps, bees, flies and hoverflies when they come for the nectar.
The seeds of the sycamore spiral slowly down helicoptering as they go. The low speed of descent allows the wind to carry them far afield. I hate sycamores. They spring up any- and every-where and grow so fast that other trees have little chance to compete. Continue reading

First half of April

Anyone who voted tory can bugger off.
I love you not!

As before the appropriate page on Flickr is linked after every load o’ pics.
I’ve done quite a few Hugin panoramas but not put a lot on here – they’re all on Flickr.

All Fool’s Day

“April Fool” and such customs are stupid. That was a bonus and unsolicited opinion with the compliments of the management.

Flickr album (9)
The cat Gingernuts vanished at the beginning of March (ish) leaving Gingerkit as the sole representative of his colourway.
I believe the small bird to be a chiffchaff but it might be a willow warbler. As before this is to be extended to all occurrences of the bird.
Saw Nb Carrie Lou first at the shopping centre & walked up to Morse with them.
The magpies posed for the picture but the crows were scavenging in the mallards’ left overs. The left hand crow seems to have a broken beak. Continue reading

September and on:

T’other day I set out on my usual daily walk. Coming through the bushes around the pond I saw a once familiar sight: a guy I used to see almost every day walking his dog – a white Jack/Staffy cross I think; name of Angel (the dog, not the guy). I haven’t seen him for a good while and said as much to him. “I’ve been in a coma for a month.” He said. I was about to ask more but he forestalled me with: “In ten minutes I’ll have forgotten meeting you, but I remember you from before.”

Anyhow: no chat – on with the pics:
All the pictures here are on my Flickrlink page under the appropriate date. If there’s a lot for a particular date I’ve put in a link.

15th Sept ’14



Omnipresent Robin

Omnipresent Robin

This tree's about 50ft from my door what tree is it?

This tree’s about 50ft from my door what tree is it?




Heron (Doin' The Buggerin' Off)

Heron (Doin’ The Buggerin’ Off)

More herelink


To Scofton and back

To Scofton and back

Stable bridge with a Narrowboat

Stable bridge with a Narrowboat



Owl and pussycat guarding the West door of Scofton Church.


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Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit







Robin on the fence

Robin on the fence


Appeared at my back door  - loved cat food.

Appeared at my back door – loved cat food.


Wasp attacking a comma butterfly

Wasp attacking a comma butterfly


Hovering dragonfly

Hovering dragonfly

Spider wrapping up its dinner

Spider wrapping up its dinner




30th September 2014

Boys will be boys (?)

Boys will be boys (?)

Cock pheasant walking across the field

Cock pheasant walking across the field

Try to snap the moon every month - not always successfully

Try to snap the moon every month – not always successfully

Only 2½ months to catch up now!

July – 28th to the end of the month

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Monday 28th July

Pond and canal to town is all.
Robins are attractive all year round.DSC_9232On a fencepost

Spiders are intriguing to watch. The caterpillar on the ragwort is a cinnabar moth.

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October, week the second

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Tuesday eighth of October

Dunno if that’s a rush, reed or grass. 🙂
Grebe parent with a fish and junior hurrying to grab a beakfull. Can’t be long before they get kicked out now.
One of the last peacocks.
Ian’s dog in the Ryton and willow leaves showing their silvery undersides in the wind.
Great crested grebe parent and child. Is there a way of telling the gender of grebes?


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Gonna …

… have to stop bloggin’ pics soon, ’cause I’m approaching my free storage limit on WordPress and I don’t rate this blog enough to pay out for it. Reckon I might make it to the end of October and then I’ll just stick ’em on flickr.

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Saturday 21st September 2013

Walked up the lane to the underpass. The river looks beautiful just yards away from the bridge. The feather on the canal caught my eye floating and spinning in the breeze. Spiders are ubiquitous at this time of year, great big bodied fat ones sitting in the centre of their webs, gripping threads waiting for blundering flies. The magpie was a chance capture down near the cricket pitch. Lastly a fairly representative pair of butterflies.
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A Few More Pics

I’ve started making the first picture each day of the pond between two of the poplars at the west end. When I remember I’ll stick one of the pond pics as the header above.

As usual most of the pictures are around Godfrey’s pond and Chesterfield canal at Worksop with an excursion to Steetley chapel thrown in.

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Monday ninth September 2013

Just round the pond

The gull on the water just appealed as a study in blue. I should say that I don’t accentuate colours beyond tightening the black/white spread if possible, see herelink for what I do do to pics.
Fluffy sparrow was one of many in the bushes around the pond. There were a lot of low down untidy webs in the grass shown up by dew. The rat was scampering around hoovering up left over bread thrown for the ducks. The plane and bird were accidental; I didn’t notice the bird until I had the pic on the computer. Moorhens are rarely seen in the air and hoverflies rarely not.

Tuesday 10th

First grebe pic of the post and a couple of really cheeky looking sparrows* on shrubs in the shopping centre car park. The guy with the fish, I often see with his son (I think) on the canal.

*Must cut down on the anthropomorphism.


Wednesday eleventh September

Sparrows! A cow parsley seed head standing out against the sky. Gotta have a speckled wood pic! Some birds: heron, moorhen, swan and all four grebe chicks. I could no more climb up that crane than fly there. I’m the king of acrophobes.

Thursday 12th

I walked by sundry byways to Steetley chapel with the intention of getting some pics for a girl I met a while ago who’d got married there. (I’m OK calling someone 30-40 years my junior a girl aren’t I?) However they turned out rather ungood so I’ll give it another go in a few days.
Anyhow, the walk there and back:

I like dew on grass, you might have noticed. The robin was in the act of buggerin’ off – I only just caught it. Ivy fruit is really weird looking, isn’t it?
Wasps were crawling in and out of the nest in the ground. The spider lost out, the hoverfly disentangled itself and did the buggerin’ off.
Only noticed the horse’s red nose when I was home: “slipped with the lippy, duck?” Another thing you’d never get me up in – a powered paraglider.
Butterflies, ferns and geese.
The biplane flies from Netherthorpe airfield regularly. Tiny moorhen chick!
And a great crested grebe to finish the day with.

Friday 13th

Nothing superstitious but I didn’t set foot outside.

14th – Saturday


A speckled wood, a comma in an apple tree and another speckled wood on some peeling graffiti.

Some grebe family snaps
Downy feather blowing in the breeze.

Downy feather blowing in the breeze.


Grebes, mallards and a cat.