Cloudy

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The last time I went to see my GP – with a list of small niggling worries, because I don’t go very often and like to make it worth both of our whiles when I do – I casually threw … Continued

Ruddy Darter

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Sorry…? No – that’s actually his name – or more properly, Sympetrum sanguineum. I certainly didn’t swear at him, because he was one of just two Odonata I managed to find today. Sadly he was resting on a bridge, and … Continued

Blue

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Polyommatus icarus proceeded almost unchallenged into the second round of the 30mm Wingspan Freestyle Nectaring competition at the AOG this morning, the only other competitor in this size class being a single rather battered Essex Skipper. P. icarus did lose … Continued

Mono Monday: Touch

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Today has been a pretty quiet day – boring even, though all the national turmoil and unpleasantness of the past few weeks has brought me to a point at which I rather appreciate being bored. The one exciting thing that … Continued

Southern Hawker

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Aeshna cyanea, the Southern Hawker, came a very creditable second in her heat of the 30 Minute Photographer Evasion Stakes at the AOG, being snapped only at the 28th minute when she came momentarily to rest on a rose bush. … Continued

Honeybee rescue

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In these unsettled and troubling times, it’s good to know that there are still some things on which you can rely. For example: trying to take macro photographs in a high wind will always be a bad idea, leading to … Continued

Yes? Was there something?

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Fudge: eight year old Yorkshire terrier, encountered today on Bridge Street in Stratford. “Awww! Can she not walk?” “Oh yes – she can. But if she rides in here we can take her into shops.  We’re here on our holidays … Continued

Patchwork

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I’m pleased and relieved to report that today was a much better day than the last few have been. This morning R and I dropped the PC into Logical Computers in Stratford, where the chap made a “Hmmm…” noise when … Continued

Velvet

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“Do you think she’s seen us?” “With all these nettles? Nah – you’re fine. Just keep your head down and she’ll never spot us.” Good things that happened today: 1. I got an email to say that the 5D is … Continued

Stewards’ Enquiry

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At the Alternative Olympic Games, two members of the Neoascia Mixed Gymnastics Squad mistimed a vault in practice, and found themselves the subject of an IAOC investigation and some lurid speculation in the tabloid press…. “What shiny little hoverflies,” I … Continued

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