Winterfylleð continues

Winterfylleð* was the Old English name for the month which became October. It apparently means winter filling or possibly winter full moon. It was nicked by J.R.R. Tolkien for use in Lord of the Rings.
*ð was pronounced very like ‘th’ so it was winterfilth
Tolkien‘s biography, for the interested.
I read a lot of books, not so many now – t’internet takes up an awful lot of my attention. I recall waaaaay back in Sheffield Central Library picking a book and being scorned by my father: “What do you want that for? Elves and dwarves are kids stuff.” It was, of course, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. That probably marks the beginning of my lifelong fascination with science fiction and especially with fantasy.
‡or is it dwarfs?
More on my reading matter later.

Meanwhile to carry on in October in this two thousand and sixteenth year of the Common Era:

Sunday 9th October 2016

I love skies so here’s a couple. The first is a view of the pond with a patch of blue above. In the second there’s rather more sky but considerably less blue; it’s taken looking almost due south from ‘Lady Lee Bridge’ on the canal.
Did I mention the alder beetle? Once thought to be extinct in UK, plentiful round here.
Trees on Shireoaks Woodlands are really turning on the autumn colour.
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Next few days of March

Don’t forget to click the pics to see ’em bigger.

 

Monday 14th March ’16

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Blackthorn is really beginning to bloom everywhere now.
Think there are four grebes(great crested obviously) on the pond but there might be more. They move so quickly underwater that, unless you see two at the same time, you can’t really tell.
This was a Molly Walking day and quite warm. She enjoys paddling to have a drink without having to bend down.
Here’s three grebes at once. If I recall correctly, I did catch sight of four at once but not on camera. Continue reading

Second half of November

See Flickr for more.


16th November 2012

Robins are shouting heir territorial claims.

Robins are shouting their territorial claims.

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17th

Heron on Rhodesia quarry pond

Heron on Rhodesia quarry pond

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18th

Grey wagtail and goldfinch on a roof.

Grey wagtail and goldfinch on a roof.

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19th

There's a couple of folk who feed the ducks daily. The ducks see 'em well before they arrive.

There’s a couple of folk who feed the ducks daily. The ducks see ’em well before they arrive.

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20th

Possibly my new favourite  birds for cuteness

Possibly my new favourite birds for cuteness

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22nd

Elusive jay

Elusive jay

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23rd

More long tailed cuteness.

More long tailed cuteness.

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24th

Beautiful lady mallard

Beautiful lady mallard

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25th

Crow in treetop

Crow in treetop


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26th

Sparrers in a sparrer bush

Sparrers in a sparrer bush

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28th

Couple of dogs at Brancliffe

Couple of dogs at Brancliffe

Fairly long walk to Turnerwood: Flickrlink


29th

Flock of goldfinches.

Flock of goldfinches.

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30th

Moon in the afternoon

Moon in the afternoon

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That’s all for November folks

Only 27 days behind.

Thrid week o’ Mudmonth

More songs I recall from my infancy.
There was Abdul abulbul Amir:

The sons of the prophet were hardy and bold,
And quite unaccustomed to fear,
But the bravest of these was a man, I am told
Named Abdul Abulbul Amir.

Abdul had an enemy:

There are heroes aplenty and men known to fame
In the troops that were led by the Czar;
But the bravest of these was a man by the name
Of Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

Rather like the Two Cats of Kilkenny,* the pair fought and both died. See here for the whole thing.

*There once were two cats of Kilkenny,
Each thought there was one cat too many,
So they fought and they fit,
And they scratched and they bit,
Till, excepting their nails
And the tips of their tails,
Instead of two cats, there weren’t any.

15th Feb

Walk 4.2 miles


Just to town & back, apparently. The fence post is leaning at about 45° I like how the growth rings have altered the licheny/mossy stuff.
The two cygnets (swans?) have seemingly decided to take up long term residence on our pond.
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February begineth

Why does February have an “r” in the middle? I always pronounce it “Feb you airy” as do most people I know. Thinking about it – I occasionally say “Febry” so I dunno.

February: late 14c., from Latin februarius mensis “month of purification,” from februa “purifications, expiatory rites” (plural of februum), of unknown origin, said to be a Sabine word. The last month of the ancient (pre-450 B.C.E.) Roman calendar, so named in reference to the Roman feast of purification, held on the ides of the month. In Britain, replaced Old English solmonað “mud month”. English first (c.1200) borrowed it from Old French Feverier, which yielded feoverel before a respelling to conform to Latin. from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=February

Love “mud month”.

ð (Ð – capital) is still used in Icelandic. it’s called “eth” or “eð”. I understand that (ðat!) it’s pronounced like a hard, voiced th as in ‘that’, ‘this’ as opposed to the soft, unvoiced th in e.g. ‘thing’ represented by þ – “thorn”.

Food:
       from B&M: Carte Noire coffee – excellent flavour for an ‘instant’ all the way down the bottle and moreover it’s not Nestlé (it’s Kraft);
       from Poundland: Haribo wine gums;
       from YumYums: sundry different bars of Swiss choccy – cheaper and tastier than Cadbury (Kraft win some and lose some);
       from M&S food: Pikelets! (and ice cream and casseroles and fruity yoghurts and …)

Bird facts on the British Trust for Ornithology site tells me that Great Crested Grebes have an incubation period of 27 – 29 days so I reckon that the pond family should be hatching in the next week.(writing on the 22nd Feb) Watching!
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December 2013: third tranche

Just by the way: all these pictures are on twitter the same day as they’re taken (usually)

December 23rd 2013

Keeping on where I left off but with a special batch: kingfisher on the canal made my day month year
Giving these full size treatment:DSC_8538KingfisherDSC_8541KingfisherDSC_8544KingfisherDSC_8550KingfisherKi
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Three days

Thought I’d post these three days now ’cause I went on a “walk” to Lindrick Dale yesterday (Thursday).

Please click pics to see ’em bigger.
Some of the pics have captions visible when you “mouse” over.
If the caption’s too big for the picture then you’ll just have to ‘click the pic’.

First to get Tuesday & Wednesday out of the way:

Tuesday the twenty-second of October 2013

Only pond & canal to town and back.

Wednesday

Same again

Thursday

LindrickDale
I didn't set out with a longish walk in mind, there must have been about six points on the outward journey that included: "Shall I go left, right or straight on?" or: "Should I turn back now?" In every case the longer choice was taken, so I did about ten miles in the four hours or so that it took me
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