Saturday night in Stratford

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There was a difference of opinion on the River Avon this evening: the swans voted for pizza, but the geese (who were all doing the 5:2 diet) preferred to go to the Boathouse for a Thai meal. Personally, I was … Continued

Another orchid? Really??

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When I get up in the morning I immediately turn on the computers, so that they’ve finished booting and settled down ready for work by the time I’ve had breakfast. Then I check my emails, among which are notifications of … Continued

Hoping for a nibble

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“Don’t mind us – we’re just hanging here admiring your fishing skills. Aren’t we boys?” “Fishing skills, yes.” “Skills.” “Yes, skills.” “Sorry – what was that? We’re making you nervous? Hear that boys – we’re making him nervous!” “Nervous!” “Why … Continued

Remembering

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Most of you will probably recognise this immediately as one of the ceramic poppies from last year’s installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Dead at the Tower of London. When the installation was dismantled the poppies were sold off … Continued

Wet play

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The weather wasn’t actually wet – just gloomy and dull. But I was wet. And sticky. Equipment used: 70D, on a tripod On-camera flash, with diffuser 85mm lens 12mm extension tube Cable release Bowl of water Quantity of Bottlegreen pomegranate … Continued

Mono Monday: Money

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This might look like a coin, but in fact it was never legal tender; however in their day tokens like this changed hands freely as a form of money. In the second half of the C18th Britain suffered from significant … Continued

In remembrance

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For reasons that are not entirely clear to me there are two war memorials in the graveyard of Middle Littleton parish church, and memorial wreaths are laid at the other one. However I still made a silent personal salute at … Continued

Birthday boy

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“Oh good heavens! I don’t want any birthday fuss at my age! No, really – when you’ve had as many birthdays as I have, it’s just another day in the calendar… Sorry – what was that? (Bit deaf now…) Oh … Continued

I don’t want to worry you…

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… but my Christmas cactus is feeling festive, which means it’s probably time to put the sprouts on. Actually, this may well not be the only one of these you see this Flower Friday – I’ve noticed a few on friends’ … Continued

Remember, remember

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Tonight I made my first attempt to photograph fireworks: I had thought I might be able to find a good vantage point from which to snap the Evesham town display without dragging a tripod through a muddy field with several … Continued