Crabby

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Both of us. She’s crabby because a) she’s a crab spider, and b) she hates me sticking a macro lens in her face, and I’m crabby because… never mind, it’s too boring. Tomorrow will be better. Every time I pass … Continued

Tapestry

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The flowering ivy really is the gift that keeps on giving: today when I visited it, this hedge was playing host to half a dozen Red Admiral butterflies, as well as a host of bees, flies, and hoverflies. I also … Continued

Dog of the day

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It having been a looooong week, R and I went out for an unwinding-type lunch today, and decided to try The Ebrington Arms, a place we’d never visited before. People who know me well may be surprised that I would … Continued

East Banqueting House

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I know – I’ve posted this building before. But it’s irresistible, isn’t it? Don’t you want to be in that room? Just the thought of it makes me go a bit mushy. This is what the inside of it looks … Continued

My marbles

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Oh – there you are. I thought I’d completely lost you. So, I have two computers: a shiny lovely Mac, which I mainly use for photo stuff and bickering with people on Twitter, and an old Windows machine which I … Continued

It’s all relative

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Cabbage white butterflies are boring. Discuss. Well, on a day in the middle of summer when you can happily chase round after skippers, and blues (various), and the meadow is full of Marbled Whites and Small Tortoiseshells, and – oh … Continued

Clevedon Pier

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I spent the day in Somerset, taking part in a long exposures workshop at three sites on the coast: Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea, and Weston-super-Mare. It was a pretty long and intense day, but huge fun, and I learned a lot. Not … Continued

Personal grooming

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After an overcast and miserable morning, the sun suddenly burst through in the middle of the afternoon, and within minutes the ivy hedges around the village were all literally humming with bugs. As well as scores of honey bees I … Continued

That’s the way to do it!

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R’s voice from just behind me: “God, I hate Punch and Judy…” I don’t know what on earth is wrong with the man: what’s not to like about a good, old-fashioned, Punch and Judy? Not one of your mimsy, modern, … Continued

All mouth and trousers

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So, this afternoon I was out checking the ivy around the village, looking for female ivy bees – and not finding any – and it started to rain. Looking up, I saw that I was under the edge of a … Continued