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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September – first week

On again. Don’t forget you can click the pics to see ’em bigger.

Thursday September First 2016

More of the same, or at least similar.

There’s one south facing grassy slope that has grasshoppers skulking in warm weather.
Spiders build webs in the brambles alongside the paths around the pond.
There’s aircraft overhead most of the day. This is one of the small ones.
Usually its the coots that fight but here they’re looking on while a couple of female (or juvenile?) mallards have at it.
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A Wazzock Wonders

Things I think while walking.

Anyone remember a song or ditty that included the words: “I’m going back to imazaz” continuing “To imazaz the pub next door”. There’s loads of quotes of just those words on t’internet but I can’t find a whole song.
“(S)He isn’t as green as he’s cabbage looking” An old expression from Yorkshire meaning: “I may look new to this, but I’m not”.



Hands up those who recall Fife Robertson the archetype BBC Scottish reporter “Hellooo therrr, I’m Fyfe Robertson”. (The rather awful sassenach’s Scots is a direct copy from Wikipedia) Can’t imagine why he came to mind.

“Anybody’s for a little apple” was a saying that I seem to recall but I can’t find it anywhere on t’web. It implied that someone was easily influenced.
“They were only playin’ leapfrog” is from the musical “Oh What a Lovely War”. I have, obviously false, memories of hearing this song when I was a kid. The stage musical was staged in 1963 but I can’t imagine that I heard it before the film in 1969. Continue reading

Feb-you-airy carries on

Saturday 8th of February 2014

Old songs that keep replaying in my mind. My mum used to sing them all day long when I were a nipper:

We’d have seen the war in China
If the weather had been finer
If it wasn’t for the houses in between.

Wiv a ladder and some glasses
You could see to Hackney Marshes
If it wasn’t for the houses in between.

Actually from 1899 – well before my time, but I remember it from my childhood. The “war in China” bit isn’t in the original – dunno where I got that from. Think they were ‘music hall’ songs – doubtless from my parents’ courting days.
MapMyWalk 3.58miles



Looking rather less than highly gruntled.
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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”.

       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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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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Again just pics for the most part
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