Mono Monday: Old

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When I saw the theme for today’s Mono Monday, kindly hosted by TheAphid, my immediate reaction was “A selfie should cover it” – but then I got a grip, stuffed my (uncharacteristic) panic about an approaching Significant Birthday back into … Continued

Chorthippus parallelus

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Over the course of this summer I’ve become increasingly interested in grasshoppers and crickets, as I’ve noticed them pinging around the butterfly meadow. They’re extraordinary to look at: the design of their exoskeletons makes them appear quite prehistoric, I think … Continued

Changeable

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The weather has been very strange today, with periods of warm sunshine interspersed with heavy showers (including one of hail); and this afternoon a half-hour thunderstorm accompanied by a torrential downpour. Every time it was bright and balmy I thought … Continued

Wassup?

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R and I went to Oxford today, to see the Raphael exhibition at the Ashmolean, which we both enjoyed very much. I’ve always had a rather irritable relationship with Renaissance art – too much religion and classical allegory for my … Continued

Calla lily

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I love calla lilies and find it very hard to resist buying them, though it’s frustrating that I’ve never had any success in bringing one through the winter. I was shopping for odds and ends at Waitrose this afternoon, saw … Continued

Single parent

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I was on my way out of the house this afternoon, aiming for Toddington and some photos of steam trains, but froze with my hand on the back door handle when I saw three green woodpeckers grubbing for ants in … Continued

Brown Hairstreak

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Isn’t it beautiful? I really think it could do with a name that doesn’t sound like the kind of stain your cat makes when it vomits on the carpet. R suggested that something like Sun Burst would be more appropriate; … Continued

Cooking again

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That’s twice already this year – I think I’m going to have to put my rates up. L and G popped in for lunch today, en route back to Cardiff from the wedding of two of L’s friends, which took … Continued

Homecoming

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So, Jill, what did you do on this damp and rather autumnal Saturday evening? Well, R and I drove half way across the Vale, stopping en route to buy a bag of cat kibble, collected two hedgehogs from the Vale … Continued

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