Jolie laide

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Truly a face that only a mother could love, wouldn’t you say? What was especially adorable about these moorhen chicks was the fact that as they moved through the water, not only were their little feet paddling nineteen to the … Continued

Wash and brush up

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I had a fairly irritating morning doing battle with my PAYE software, which had to be updated twice before I could use it (always a nerve-racking situation, especially at the point where you need to close off one tax year … Continued

Metallica

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R: “So, I wonder what this statement Theresa’s going to make is all about?” J: “North Korea, probably. Though Peston says he’s waiting for her to call a snap election.” R: “Ah – I like the election theory.” J: “I … Continued

Mono Monday: Above

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I really should have known better. After 31 years, I should have known that describing him as not being foolhardy would be taken as a challenge. This is, after all, the person on the company team-building exercise who volunteered to … Continued

Beardy

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This morning R and I decided to clean the windows. It took us most of the day… In fact there’s still one left to be done tomorrow, which is the one closest to my desk. Because of its position above … Continued

Holly Blue

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I’m soooooo far behind with everything, I just don’t know how I’m ever going to catch up with myself: desk covered with paper, requiring more or less urgent processing; garden going to hell; house an utter tip; multiple folders of … Continued

Intrepid

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It must be toadally zorsting, trying to keep track of seven offspring when they’re all highly mobile and inquisitive, and lack any trace of common sense. I’ve chosen this image of Mummy Mallard with just two of the brood because … Continued

Weedy

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I was tired today, and out of sorts for most of it – not least because the weather had turned cold and overcast, which made gardening unappealing and bug hunting largely fruitless. But I did need to test the 7D … Continued

Fields of lead-tin yellow

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It has a ring to it, don’t you think? Someone should put it in a song lyric. Forgive the waspishness, if you would (fields of waspish yellow?). Today was a long day, much of it spent travelling, and alternately boring … Continued

Plumpie

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I have not, I swear to you, Photoshopped this bee into this image – it is genuinely a female Anthophora plumipes, coming in to land on the lovely blossom of our cherry tree. It’s not technically my best shot of … Continued

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