Hope

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What a horrible day this is. For over two thirds of my life I’ve taken my European citizenship for granted, and now it has been ripped away from me. I’m genuinely heartbroken. I’m well aware of the arguments that can … Continued

Mandarin

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This morning I updated my Mac’s operating system to Catalina, a nerve-wracking process, though in the event it ran quite smoothly. As I hoped, the upgrade has solved one of the issues I’d been having, and I’ve now been able … Continued

Flash

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Actually, compared to the male of the species, she’s rather understated – much like myself – but I do love the little flash of green that a female teal wears on each wing. Quite a few ducks, and some other … Continued

Topknot

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Perhaps I liked her so much because we were essentially wearing the same hairstyle – though hers was tidier. Mine had been dragged every which way by the vicious wind howling across the top of the Cotswolds scarp, and by … Continued

Poised

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I had a busy day, mostly involving things I’d rather not have been doing, but I managed to pop into Hillers at lunch time to see what birds were about. Sadly, there was an unusual level of noise in the … Continued

Dismal

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Dismally dismal. Having been kept inside all morning by the weather, R and I were chewing the door frames, so we decided to brave the hostile elephants and go to Chipping Campden for a squelch around and some coffee. The … Continued

Non-garden duckwatch

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The only photos I took today were in Stratford, at lunch time, of the tufted ducks. Because ducks. But in order to represent the day properly I should have photographed some garden birds, because this afternoon I did the RSPB’s … Continued

Grey and brown

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It was a grey and brown sort of day: overcast, mizzling, muddy. But when I went to Hillers to relieve the tedium of sitting at home, staring out of my study window at greyness and brownness, I was pleased to … Continued

Bobbin

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No exaggeration: this is genuinely what the light was like at about 2pm today. Even to photograph some hellebores in the show garden at Hillers I had to push the ISO to 2500, and by the time I was in … Continued

Young love

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It seems as though a weather switch was flipped overnight, and instead of the lovely light of the past few days, today we had to endure unremitting twilight. I spent the morning (grumpily) at my desk, processing and rationalising image … Continued