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

Keeping on with June

As you, gentle reader will be aware, I walk along the canal towpath most days. What won’t be so obvious, to those who know me as a surly old curmudgeon, is that I have many a happy word for those I pass.

Generally folk will greet each other and me with a fairly cheery “Hi” or comment on the weather. Some will pause with a comment, often about my camera or something they’ve seen that they think was worthy of a snap. Added bonus is meeting people walking dogs. Much fuss can be made of our four legged friends.

I know quite a few anglers because they are often at or near the same place on so many occasions. My usual greeting to them is “Doin’ owt?”. This usually brings either a lament: “Nar, it’s rubbish. They’re not bitin’.” or “Just lost a big ‘un.” or, quite rarely, “Great – twelve in t’ last hour.”

Cyclists are a different kettle of fish. Most are OK – tingling their bells at a reasonable distance and thanking you as they pass. Some just sneak up, the first you know is their tyres hissing on the gravel as they near your heels.

It’s a sign of the times that single women usually pass in silence often with eyes cast down. Can’t blame ’em – there’s a whole load of yobs round here and nothing to mark me as an exception.
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Blogs, soap containers and walking with a camera

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Just a word about publishing WordPress blogs – of which this is one. While editing there’s a box at the right-hand side of the display looking like this:


To check how the page will look when ready for the big wide world without letting everyone see, the   Preview   button can be clicked, this creates a preview (duh!) on a separate browser tab.
This box slides up as the bottom of the worked on page is reached. Thus the   Publish   button becomes the only part of the section visible.
Inattention will mean that instead of   Preview  ,   Publish   is pressed. I’ve accidentally given blog posts premature release several times now and probably will again.


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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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January carries on

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Saturday 18th January 2014

MMW 5.67map
Walked up to Shireoaks using the road from Highground bridge to Haggonfields lock, detouring through what was Dormer’s old factory site and the wood beyond – apparently called Tranker Wood. Came back over Shireoaks Woodland and down the canal. Continue reading

More January pics and stuff

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Ever been walking along & seen someone approaching who you don’t want to meet? You dodge into a shop or even about face and do the buggerin’ off, don’t you? Well, ever noticed someone seeing you and doing the same? Weird isn’t it?

Just heard “… my cholesterol was high …” in a TV ad as “Michael Aspel was high”* – it took me a couple of head shakes to realise what I’d heard.

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