Reflective

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After a horrible wet morning the weather improved quite dramatically, and as R wanted to go into Stratford to collect some books he’d ordered, I tagged along for the walk/coffee/cake/photo opportunities. We already knew, because this Government leaks like a … Continued

Fartnarkle

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I went to Charlecote this morning – sans R, unfortunately, because by the time we’d clocked that it was half-term, and that we’d therefore need to book, there was precisely one ticket available for the entire week, which (at his … Continued

Down the hatch

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It was a fairly miserable day, weather-wise, but R had a strong urge to be out and about, so we created some errands as an excuse for going to Stratford and walking up and down the river. It was dark … Continued

Twiggy

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R and I finished making the dulce de membrillo today. It’s quite a lengthy and tedious business, but everything went well, and by the time I took the baking tin out of the oven to test it the block of … Continued

Autumn Abbey

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It wasn’t the best day for being out and about, being blustery and rainy, but I’m trying to keep moving – for the sake of my mental wellbeing as much as my physical health – so when R went to … Continued

Fly past

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Another Monday, another WHAT???!!! o’clock appointment at Stratford Hospital, this time for a scan. The joy of being old middle-aged, with a long-term medical condition…. Reasons to be grateful however: firstly, it got me up and out of the house … Continued

Green

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It was a bright sunny morning, and quite warm, but it still took me a good while to track down just a handful of invertebrates. This green shieldbug was sunning itself on the laurel hedge, which is a favourite basking … Continued

Comfort food

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It was a horrible day: wet, cold, and windy. I made it better, inside the house at least, by slow cooking a casserole of chicken, bacon and leeks, with herbs and whole-grain mustard. There’s something comforting about the smell of … Continued

Hanging on

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I had a few candidates for tonight’s post, including some quite nice fungus that I found in the garden this morning, and a handsome little orb-weaver spider. In the end I’ve chosen this female Myathropa florea, feeding on ivy, because … Continued

Misnomer

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My back was still sore this morning, but improving, and by lunchtime I thought I was up to doing something useful, so I took a net and went to skim the wildlife pond of fallen leaves. The weather forecast had … Continued