Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me
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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Absent friends, and playground tantrums

Had a few absent friends this year.

The most recent has been Adrian.

Absent for a few weeks now.

Some fellow bloggers have e-mailed him and had no response or reply.

A few days ago I rang him on his mobile, which went straight to voicemail.
I left a message, but had nothing back so far.

Maybe he's taking a break from blogging.

Maybe he's eloped with a nubile young female camper.

Either way, I hope he's OK.

Here's one of Whisky to get started.

It's all about fun

We've had some good long local walks recently. A few from our travels.

Grey Squirrel gathering his winter store.

These are one of Whisky's favourite playmates and he never passes a chance to chase one.

A pair of Common Darter, doing what comes naturally

 Large White

Painted Lady

Only seen a few of these this year.

Green Woodpecker, clinging to the side of some office buildings.

and finally, Whisky managed to catch one of those pesky Pokemon buggers.


(bless you)

Oh, and the playground tantrums?

Try Twitter and FaceBook.

Social media, my arse. Seems you can't comment at times without some folk throwing a hissy fit.

C'est la vie


Friday, 26 August 2016

August draws to a close

A whitearse bee gathering pollen from a Teasel.

Wild flowers/plants have grabbed my attention recently, so here's a few.
If you're bored with plants, skip these ..................

Lesser Water Parsnip

Purple Loosestrife

Common Ragwort

Not the demon people are led to believe. See my other blog for some facts.

Canadian Fleabane

Common Fleabane

Here's a monster ................

Water Dock

Red Bartsia

And a butterfly,

Green-veined White on Common Ragwort


Brown Hawker Dragonfly

A bird


A field of cows caught my eye one morning.

Usually the calves are taken away from dairy cows at a very early age, (their mothers), which is obviously very distressing for both animals. The reason is so some of us can have the mothers milk in our tea.

We are the only animal species that drink the mothers milk of another animal.

The calves are then slaughtered for meat.
Sad, but true.
These cows, however, were given a slight reprieve, and allowed to bond; if only for a short time.

I watched them as they made a futile attempt at bonding; licking each other, and being close.

 Enjoy your tea.

I'll end with a shot of my boy.

Always my companion.


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Whatever happened to white dog poo?

August already. Where has the year gone?

Here's a young Wren. I found a family of them while out with Whisky a couple of days ago.

And a young Redstart

I've given the macro lens a bit of an outing recently too.

A bee on a Teasel

Great plants Teasels. Bees and Hoverflies love them as they start to come into flower, and when they've finished, the birds move in for the seed; especially Goldfinches. More people should always find room in their gardens for Teasels.

I found lots of these in a very boggy field. A tiny electric blue leaf hopper called Cicadella viridis, or Green Leaf Hopper.

Staying in the boggy field I came across some of this.


At the top right of this picture is a berry beginning to form.

And here's a developed berry.

Another 'berry' plant;


A couple of plants that seem to be everywhere at the moment:

Rosebay Willowherb

Common Ragwort

A plant that used to be very common in crop fields once upon a time.


These days you are more likely to come across them in wild flower seed mixes.
Judging by the amount of chemicals farmers spray on their crops these days I can see the Poppy coming to the same fate.
Farmers .......... they have the cheek to call themselves guardians of the countryside. Wankers.

Here's a picture that I couldn't resist taking.

Well, it amused me.

I've been seeing a few of these recently.

Gatekeeper, enjoying a Coreopsis flower in the garden.

And finally, the garden has a new resident at the moment.

A Feral Pigeon.

He doesn't seem to be able to fly, or walk without falling over. He may have crashed into the window and injured himself, so I don't hold out much hope for his well being, or long life, given the number of fucking cats that visit here at night and shit everywhere.

Well, I couldn't end without a picture of Whisky, so.

Whisky and one of his brothers, Obi.

 and his other brother, Thistle.

.....and the white dog poo?

It's partly down to what dogs eat these days. The white is the calcium that's left behind after the water evaporates and the organic stuff is consumed by bugs, slugs and others.
Tighter regulations on dogs crapping on pavements these days means that a lot is bagged and disposed of, so it doesn't hang around like it used to and doesn't get the opportunity to dry out and turn white.

Crap, innit.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A July post

Приветствуем посетителей из России . Мне интересно знать, как вы приехали сюда .

I've only been dipping in and out of the internet recently, and blogs have been neglected as a result. Real life is far more important anyway, even though things are pretty shit at the moment; here and in the rest of the world.

I haven't been taking quite so many pictures to post either, not really felt the need to post here, although some have been posted elsewhere.

Here's a couple though that I found quite interesting.

Germander Speedwell is a very common wild flower with blue flowers which have a white 'eye' and grows in grassy places.

but I found some that had me a bit confused.

After a bit of research I found out that the buds are often galled by a tiny midge, forming a small, cotton wool like ball. Fascinating.

The 'speedwells' are a large family of plants which can prove tricky to ID at times. Here's one other family member, before I move on.

Thyme-leaved Speedwell.

Another common one, which flowers from May to October.

I haven't seen many butterflies yet this year, but then I've not really been searching them out. Here's 3 that have happened to be where I've been, and had a camera to hand.



Small Heath

A grasshopper of unknown name turned up one day.

As did an unknown bee;

No bird pictures worth showing at the moment, so here's a plant I've never really noticed before.

Water Figwort

Growing at the edge of my local lake.

Finally, one of the boy, relaxing in the sun.