Poop, poop!

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Flower Friday with a DIY twist: I did the roof all by myself! My collection appointment in Coventry was at 10.30am, and it was 1pm when the MX-5 and I finally made it back into Stratford-upon-Avon, where I fell on … Continued

Mimicry

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I first spotted him yesterday; he was fast and I couldn’t get focus on him (and I didn’t have my glasses on), and therefore I think it’s forgivable that my first thought was Common Carder bee. But there was something … Continued

Speckled Wood

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The received wisdom about these little brown butterflies is that they eat honeydew from the surface of leaves, rather than drinking nectar – but I stalked this one round the front garden for about quarter of an hour while it … Continued

Ol’ red eyes is back

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After dropping off the final documentation for my car number plate transfer at the garage in Coventry, and waiting while they made new plates for my old car and fitted them (really, DVLA? Are you perhaps trying to make this … Continued

Mono Monday: Reflections

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I’ve had to take it pretty easy today, suffering the inevitable joint reaction to all the running about I did at the weekend. But I decided to go for a walk along the river in Evesham this afternoon, looking for … Continued

Emergency bee blip

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Three blips in one day! I’m zorsted. I had a blessedly good homeward journey from Lancashire yesterday, and arrived in time to watch some Saturday evening BBC4 noir, spill a full glass of red wine across an expensive hand-knotted carpet, … Continued

The Great Hall at Mains

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This was the venue for the wedding of my cousin Helen and her fiancé Jon – a very happy occasion, in a charming setting. I took this view as we arrived, when the Hall was set up ready for the … Continued

River Wyre

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If you ever feel the need to stay at an hotel on a mud flat, in humidity of 90+%, enveloped by an all-embracing miasma of pig slurry, and with the room thermostats centrally set to Heston Blumenthal Slow Roast, just … Continued

Iris

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Fooof! What a day… I’m going to Lancashire tomorrow for a cousin’s wedding, leaving R and Arthur in charge of the house. I know – that’s what I thought. I’ve curtailed Arthur’s Facebook privileges in the hope of stopping them … Continued

Fun in the….

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… Well, no – not sun. Obviously. Grey murk would be closer, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. But it’s the half-term holiday here, so despite the gloom and sub-Arctic temperatures the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford … Continued