Just resting

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R chugged into my study this morning while I was still wondering what to do with my day, and told me that he’d just spotted a damselfly nymph climbing one of the pond plants, and if I got a shift … Continued

Mouthful

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I went back to Ripple today, in search of more Common Clubtails, but it was nearly noon by the time I arrived, and with the sun shining strongly on the bankside vegetation the morning’s emergers had had plenty of time … Continued

Pond life

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When I went to check the wildlife pond after breakfast – at which time the weather was gloomy and it was still quite cold – all three of yesterday’s damselflies were still on the pond sedge, and there was another … Continued

Emergent

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This has been an exciting day, in more ways than one. R and I went over to Oxford this morning, to see the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the Ashmolean. During the drive we were trying, and failing, to remember the last … Continued

21 weeks

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Another day of grandson-wrangling for R and me over in Welsh Wales, where Baby B is showing distinct signs that he thinks he’s now ready to get a car and a house and set about running his own life. Certainly … Continued

Blipday Club

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When blipfoto warned me a few days ago that this would be my seven-year blipversary, I mentally logged the fact and decided to try to find seven of something for today’s post. And then, being me, promptly forgot about it … Continued

Pink

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“How did you get on?” said R when I arrived back from the Cotswold Water Park. “Not as well as I’d hoped,” I said, “but better than I’d feared.” In fact I had a thoroughly engaging time at Lower Moor, … Continued

Orange-belted leafwalker

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On another dull and showery morning I struggled to find many invertebrates, but eventually turned up this handsome hoverfly in the scrubby area at the very far end of the garden, on the bank of the stream. I’m not too … Continued

Normal service resumes

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My resolution never to leave home again didn’t survive R offering to buy me coffee and cake in Stratford today, and we had a pleasant stroll into town along the river. I took a few bird photos, most notably of … Continued

Helpless

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This morning’s workshop was a reprise of yesterday’s, with added rain and wind. There were no dragonflies at all to be found, and even the damselflies were harder to spot – partly because it was so very dark, and partly … Continued