Hybrid

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I’m feeling a little rough today, following my second dose of CV19 vaccine – which is to say, profoundly tired, with a headache and a slightly sore throat. None of which is a surprise, and I’ll take it any day … Continued

Ambitious

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“That’s never going to happen,” said the woman with the binoculars, who was sitting a few metres further along the bank from where I was standing. “Not in a month of Sundays,” I agreed. We were both wrong, as it … Continued

Finely balanced

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Do you remember when sitting up required a massive amount of concentration, the involvement of all ten fingers and toes, and the production of quite a lot of dribble? No, me neither. But I sense that I’m heading back in … Continued

Raven

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After I put this photo up in a bird forum to check that I wasn’t deluding myself about the identification, my notifications went wild: birders, it seems, love a raven. I’m fairly keen on them myself, though if I had … Continued

Floof

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R and I went to Stratford this morning to run several errands, most of which were unsuccessful. We also got rained on, more than once, and I was almost blown into the Bancroft Basin while taking today’s photos. So it … Continued

Dark

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Dark and wet. And very, very windy. But then, it’s the May Day bank holiday, so the weather was almost honour-bound to play silly buggers. On the plus side, I can probably put away the garden hoses for a while. … Continued

Dotty

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I’ve seen several Dotted Bee-flies in my garden this year, including at least one female. This is nice because they’re said to be less common than the almost ubiquitous Dark-edged Bee-fly, but in my experience they’re much harder to catch … Continued

First

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Three firsts for me today: First of the month (obviously). Pinch punch, etc., etc. The first photo I’ve posted of the ceanothus R and I recently planted against the yard wall, and which is now coming into flower. A couple … Continued