Happy New Year

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This is me by about 10pm on any New Year’s Eve since the Millennium  – which is the last time R and I were invited to a NYE party. (That, by the way, was more of a boast than a … Continued

Pincer movement

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This is not pin-sharp (it was taken at distance through a less-than-sparkling double-glazed window), but I’m posting it because I found it interesting. Green woodpeckers will excavate trees for nesting holes, and in the search for grubs and insects, but … Continued

Sing-off

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This was almost the last photo I took today, but turned out to be my favourite. I was hobbling at a rapid Mrs Overall through Old Town in Stratford late this afternoon, on my way back to the car, when … Continued

Broadway

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With hindsight, going to Broadway today might not have been the best decision – especially as I’d already suggested to R that we’d reached The Stir-crazy Day of Christmas, and therefore I thought there might be one or two people … Continued

Croome d’Abitot St Mary Magdalene

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This is a monument that I think deserves to be better known. It depicts an introvert praying for deliverance on the fourth day of a family Christmas. Sorry – just joshing. We had a nice day, despite the fact that … Continued

Mottled Umber

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Though still tottering about like Mrs Overall, I did manage a walk today, and snapped a few birds around the village. But in the end I’ve chosen this moth, one of two Mottled Umbers that was resting on the back … Continued

Christmanthemum

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Because of the red and gold I thought that these chrysanthemums kind of worked for today, and because they’re small – the blooms are only a couple of centimetres across – I’m also hoping that they work for Tiny Tuesday. … Continued

Black-throated diver

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The arrival of this bird on a country park lake in Redditch is apparently the most exciting thing to happen in Worcestershire since the discovery of sauce. Around 200 pairs of these medium-sized divers breed on Scottish lochs, and about … Continued

Counting down

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R and I went up to Hillers this morning, to pick up some last-minute Christmas bits and pieces from the farm shop – it would be a shame if the fridge door were able to shut, after all – and … Continued