More Jan

An apology

I know I’ve said this before but: “I don’t remember people.” It’s not ’cause I don’t like particular people; it’s not ’cause particular people aren’t memorable; it’s not ’cause I can’t talk to particular people.
I just don’t remember people.
Folk I meet while walking, anglers, dog walkers or other walkers, often greet me as if they recognise me, they probably do. In order to not appear totally oafish I tend to meet everyone with a nod, a smile and a cheery “Hi”, as if I know them.
Folk I’ve known and spoken with for yonken are the exception* and possession of a dog also ups your chances of recognition. Names: that’s another of my many failings.
*Not invariably – as related elsewhere, I once blanked my brother.

Apropos nothing at all

Aside: Why is ‘I’ the only pronoun that’s always capitalised in English? Indeed it’s the only non-proper noun that is; correct me if I’m wrong.

Mondegreen: A mondegreen is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning (wiki). Continue reading

2017

The cat (the little ginger bastard) knocked my hard drive (one of, anyhoo) off the top* of my desk. It buggered up!

So I’ve lost most of 2015 & 2016’s pics although up to 2014 are on another drive.

*Cats, in case you didn’t know, have a major directive, presumably from their leader, that “if two things exist such that one is on top of the other, then the uppermost shall be hurled to the floor without consideration for any consequences”.

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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

January, end of …

Why do we trip up? T’other day I tripped and definitely went down!

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doing this after walking 9+ miles on the 18th Feb & 6 1/2 miles on the 20th.`

Saturday 25th January 2014

Just under 3 miles: MMW 2.94
Just to show what I sometimes have to do to pull pictures up;

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Mapping my walking

Got a new “smart”phone so I’m using map my walklink – a GPS tracking system that’s supposed to let you monitor your fitness. Anyone who knows me knows that fitness ain’t exactly my thang so I’m using it as much as an aide-memoire as anything.

Most of it’ll be my daily walk to town for cat food – you know I’ve four of the monsters, don’t you?
I go the long way round usually – around the north side of the pond, up t’ canal to the Lock Keeper (pub), down canal to town & back via canal and south side of the pond. I’ll link walks and use MMW mileage to show the link in future.
Dunno if there’s other “aps” that do similar but this one seems to do the job. Just gotta work out how to GPS stamp my pics in camera (gizmo from Nikon costs a bloody fortune!) and all will be good.

The eleventh of January was Saturday and apparently I went to town twice although I don’t recall it.
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2014

January

Again just pics for the most part
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1st

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19 – 28 Feb ’13

Tuesday 19th

12:09:09 Godfreys pond Worksop 19 Feb 13 03013:22:42 Godfreys pond Worksop 19 Feb 13 114Access to the canal is blocked while the towpath is being done.

This hasn’t meant a lot to the locals, who have removed or demolished the barriers at night and weekends.

 

The pond’s inhabitants keep on keeping on. There’s three grebes (great cresteds of course – goes without saying). One solo one at the western end – I suspect it’s the one that was left to rear a sole chick alone last year – and a pair to the east.

Grebe pair

Grebe pair

Robins are especially noticeable – they sit high up singing merrily in territorial announcement.

Male robin

Male robin

A (different) robin

A (different) robin

13:27:39 Godfreys pond Worksop 19 Feb 13 143moorhenMoorhens can be surprisingly arboreal.

 

Spring is springing:

Hawthorn leaves breaking out.

Hawthorn leaves breaking out.

The moon was out at midday – this isn’t a bad snap considering it was hand held:13:35:08 Godfreys pond Worksop 19 Feb 13 147moon

Wednesday 20th

Round the pond – goosanders, grebes and stuff.

White duck among the mallards

White duck among the mallards

Goosander

Goosander

Grebe

Grebe

Another Grebe

Another Grebe

A pair of grebes

A pair of grebes

Another Goosander

Another Goosander

Hawthorn leaves

Spring springing

Thursday 21st

Pond with goosanders

Goosander

Goosander

Goosander diving

Goosander diving

Something we see rather a lot of round Worksop: the police helicopter low overhead.

Police helicopter

Police helicopter

Friday 22nd

A goosanderish day: I’ll get the Grebes out of the way:

Grebes chattin'

Grebes chattin’


Goosander

Goosander

Strange behaviour a fair distance out in the pond a pair of mallards were at it. The female goosander took a very … aah … prurient(?) interest.

Mallards "at it"  with a goosander "dogging"

Mallards “at it” with a goosander “dogging”

Mallards "at it"  with a goosander "dogging"

Mallards “at it” with a goosander “dogging”

Mallards "at it"  with a goosander "dogging"

Mallards “at it” with a goosander “dogging”

Saturday 23rd

Birds:

The eastern grebe pair doin' the buggerin' off

The eastern grebe pair doin’ the buggerin’ off

Tufted duck landing on the water

A tuftie comes in to land

Rubbish

Rubbish. that’s all: rubbish

Sparrow

Sparrow

And here’s the scaup female with one of the tufted duck females.

Tuftie following our scaup

Tuftie following our scaup

Ripples on the pond.

Ripples on the pond.

Sunday 24th

Another chopper overhead

Another chopper overhead

 
 
 
This wasn’t the copper chopper.

 

Catkins Titled "Sniktac" for some reason

Titled “Sniktac” for some reason

 
 
 
These hazel catkins I thought looked funner inverted. Not so sure now.
               😦

 
Sparrow

Common little buggers

More signs of spring

Sprng leaf buds

Sprng leaf buds


Monday 25th

Just around the pond:
Thought this was a female but it might just be a juvenile

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Tufted ducks are so …

Tufted duck with a strand of weed

Tufty with weed


Of course there’s plenty of sparrows, grebes and mallards

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Tuesday 26th

Guess what: walked round the pond again!

Two grebes

The pair of grebes

Ivy Fruit

Puzzle: What is/are it/they

Grebe

Grebe alone

The one white duck among the mallards

The one white duck among the mallards



Every day he feeds the ducks and every day they arrive when they see him approaching

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Wednesday 27th

Can’t recall how big this bird was; it could be anything from finch to thrush for all I know:

Bird

Mystery bird

No mystery here:

Robin

Robin

Took an extra walk to catch the sunset: no apologies for “full sizing” this one, I’m quite pleased with it. The rainbow bottom to top, red to violet.
17:34:07 Godfrey's pond Worksop Wed 27 Feb 13 266

Thursday 28th Feb

Once again just around the pond; loads o’ birds:

Grebe

Grebe


a Chaffinch

A Chaffinch


Departing rapidly and looking almost translucent:

A tit doin' the buggerin' off

A tit doin’ the buggerin’ off


And here’s a robin doing likewise:

Now a robin doin' the buggerin' off

Now a robin doin’ the buggerin’ off


Putting Robin Redbreast to shame:

Chaffinch

Chaffinch


Pussy willow

Pussy willow


 
 
 
 
 
Buds are budding.

 

Here’s a siskin that I didn’t recognise until I’d tweeted it and been inundated with info.

Siskin

Siskin


Here’s a closer picture:12:08:43 Tit04


Here’s a female mallard landing …

Female Mallard

Female Mallard


… and a gull passing by:
Gull

It’s bloody seabird flavour!


This little guy looks as if he knows there’s a camera capturing him:

Tit

Tit


Coming at you!

Tit

Tit


Fat little tit:

Tit

Tit

And a grebe ani-gif to finish. Sorry about the blob! (You might need to click it to move it)
:: Grebes

That’s February done – it’s only nine days ago – I’d rather be out walking than in blogging.