Wash and brush up

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I believe that this is Syritta pipiens, the thick-legged hoverfly. After gingerly stepping on the bathroom scales this morning, I sympathise with her – it appears that I ate all the food in London over the weekend, and it’s absolutely … Continued

Mono Monday: Work

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This steward was looking a little weary at the Natural History Museum this lunch time, and I can’t say I’m surprised – the place was absolutely rammed. When we arrived at 10.30am we were directed away from the main entrance … Continued

London Day 3

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We began the day at Tate Britain, which is a wonderful gallery – I could have spent half a day there with no problem at all. They also have a great cafe! Then we had an appointment to meet R’s … Continued

London Day 2: Greenwich

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After breakfast (which is worth a mention – K+K hotels do a seriously good buffet breakfast) we tubed down to Westminster and took a river cruise out to Greenwich. The river trip lasted about 45 minutes, and the skipper treated … Continued

London Day 1

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When I asked R what he wanted to do to celebrate the Big Birthday, he decided on a few days in London doing touristy things with me, followed by a family meal out on the day itself. We lived in … Continued

Exhausted

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This poor, tatty Gatekeeper butterfly isn’t long for this world, I fear – it was moving so slowly this afternoon that I had no trouble keeping up with it. It was drinking from a blackberry flower. After a busy day … Continued

Cinnabar

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A couple of times in the past few weeks I’ve seen something in the village that looked like a black and red butterfly, but which research suggested was probably a Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae). Then I saw a photo of … Continued

Common Blue

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Common perhaps, but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen one. I was standing in the kitchen doorway, listening to the sound of someone nearby repeatedly revving what I think was the outboard motor of a dinghy and wishing I … Continued

Mono Monday: Electric

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This is an idea I shamelessly stole from Ingeborg – well, they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We live in a large, old and unecological house; my study is on the first floor, and R’s is … Continued

Another hoverfly

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If I decide to give up photography and put all my camera stuff on eBay, this will be the photo that did for me. I’ve not had a great day, one way and another – all too boring, so I’ll … Continued

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