Derwent Valley flight

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As a gift for his 60th birthday, R’s aunt and her husband bought him a helicopter flight over the Derwent Valley reservoir – and today was the day of the flight. R and I drove up to Derbyshire this morning … Continued

Meon Hill

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I went to the Stratford Food Festival this afternoon. The weather was gorgeous, and the town was teeming with people sampling and buying food, or just sitting around in the sun enjoying the atmosphere. I took a few photos, but … Continued

Flowering cactus

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I saw this little flowering cactus when I was buying bags of compost at Stratford Garden Centre the other day, and bought it because it immediately brought to mind the late, great Jake Thackray – which is always something to be … Continued

Grey heron

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As the weather was good again, I went back to Stratford this afternoon – with a long lens on the camera this time, as opposed to yesterday’s wide angle – and walked the first short section of the Avon Valley … Continued

Trouble in Paradise

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I’m happy to tell you that I had a much better day today than yesterday. Arthur has been unable to deal with the freezer bag clip owing to a sad lack of opposable thumbs, and the t-shirt is once again … Continued

Running for shelter

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Today was one of those days. Firstly the weather was quite stormy, and though we set off for our morning walk in a sunny period between showers, the dogs both went on a go-slow and we were right on the … Continued

Mono Monday: Mood

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Some of the squirrels that live in our garden are pretty bold, but as soon as I spotted this one this morning I could see that it was nervous:  it stopped eating every few seconds to check around for danger. … Continued

Verbena and bee

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I spent about three hours in the front garden today – weeding, lifting and splitting overcrowded plants, and putting in a few new purchases. For once I remembered to have the camera close at hand, and I was able to … Continued

Rudbeckia

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I finally managed to get a reasonable photo today of Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ – I’ve never had much success with rudbeckias before, but this one is looking quite sturdy and I think it may take. It certainly adds some zing to … Continued

Going over

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Firstly, thank you for helping me to celebrate my almost-accidental capture of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth yesterday – I’m very grateful for all the nice comments, stars and hearts it received. Today I went after flowers – though it was so … Continued

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