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

August back end

Thought I’d better do some bloggin’ or folk’ll think I’ve snuffed it. Starting from t’ end of August.
Here goes (click the pics to see ’em bigger)(All pics are on Flickrlink, where they’re bigger than here)

Wednesday 31st August ’16

Wednesday: Wodnesdæg: Woden’s day
“When gorse is out of bloom, kissing’s out of fashion.” As I was told some short time ago.
It’s the start of spider season. At least the fat bodied ones that create webs in the brambles. Speaking of which, there’s more and more blackberries; “mellow fruitfulness”† indeed. Continue reading

First Four days of May 2015


Þrimilce is the Old English version of May: “month in which cows can be milked three times a day.” (Þ is pronounced like ‘th’ in ‘three’)
Most days I only walk up to Deep Lock, back down to town and home.
As usual the pictures are clickable if you want to see bigger versions. I have linked the appropriate Flickr page with each set but there aren’t so many extra ones this time.




Round the pond, train to Kiveton Park, up to the tunnel mouth and back down the canal home.

The canal between the tunnel and Cinderhill is the best bit – no argument. So many boaters are deterred by the sheer number of locks to be negotiated (22!) that they go no further than Shireoaks Marina. Shame 😦

First, round the pond and up to the Lock Keeper, down to town to get a sarnie (real shame that Birds butchers have gone!). Up to the station for the 0914 train. Continue reading

April – second bit

I really recommend that you either click on the pics to see ’em at a better (bigger) size or visit the Flickr page linked after each batch.

Thursday 16th April 2015

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The heron was standing by the canal below Morse Lock for quite a while. It gave a sudden standing lunge, took a fish and flew off with it.
St Anne’s Church makes a good photograph in the distance. A bit of ‘shoppery here to have the near cherry tree and the church both in focus.
Great tits never disappoint – so photogenic.
The small tortoiseshell posed on the equally pretty blackthorn blossom.
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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.

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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

Second bite of March

Not everyone’s got one of these:



In case you don’t know what ’tis – I’m blocked from seeing Stephen Fry’s tweets. I have no idea what I’ve done to deserve it but it gives me quite a thrill! We have mutual once/twice removed acquaintances (i.e friends of friends type of thing) but I don’t think it’s anything to do with that – ?

All the pictures can be enlarged by clicking on ’em. “Flickr album” links are to that ‘page’ of pictures with the total number of pics in brackets. Any other links are flagged ‘link’ and should open a new tab or page.

Monday the Sixteenth

Things I keep coming back to:

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At least once a year I try to catch midges in flight – not very successfully.
Lichen is another thing I regularly snap – it’s often the only colour in winter and is hidden as leaves grow on trees.
Grasses are very attractive, both for their individual shapes as here and when billowing in the breeze en masse.
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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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Click ’em to embiggen.

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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