Friday, May 26, 2006

Q.How do you get two whales in a car?

A. Drive south along the M5 and turn off at the M50.
(Joke courtesy of my daughter Ella's jokebook).

We are just packing for a week's holiday in sunny W(h)ales. Hopefully I'll report back with some pictures of mountains and tales from the valleys.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

More smug springiness

Our neighbours are on holiday at the moment. I'm sure they are living it up, being pampered and soaking up the sun. Who needs all that when one can sit in the garden and watch the flowers coming into their own? The lilac bush has been sporting stunning white blossom and the bluebells have fought their way through the undergrowth. I'm not sure whether the bluebells are native English ones or Spanish invaders, but they are very welcome.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

May Blossom

I took this when I had a walk around the fen tonight. The picture doesn't really do it justice, but the hawthorn blossom looked resplendent in the evening sun.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Boots II

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Holly Blue

Saw this little lovely on our raspberrycanes today. Not currently particularly rare, but we're trashing this planet so competently at the moment that we must enjoy these pleasures while we can.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

New blog

Like everyone in the Fens I see more of the sky than is good for me. I have created a blog in its honour. Hope it's of some interest.
It's here. Many thanks to Annie for showing how to put links here!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Boots and Konik Ponies

Boots spotted in an Ely back-street. An homage to Annie's photo. They have been there for years. There are horseshoes on the line too. This picture also features St Mary's Church, Ely Cathedral and the Alms Houses and possibly Oliver Cromwell's house, but not from the usual tourist angles.
Wild Konik ponies at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire. These wetland ponies have been introduced in the last few years and are making a positive impact on the re-created fenland.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Took this ducky pic a few days ago on a river by this pub.( called Jude's Ferry, near Mildenhall)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I went to the shops today and took a couple of photo's of Ely Cathedral. It is known as 'The Ship of The Fens' as it is on the only hill in a flat landscape and can be seen for many miles. It's huge, though, living very nearby and seeing it all the time, I forget it's there sometimes.
The grey tower is a wooden construction called the octagon, which was built to replace a previous stone one which collapsed 700(ish) years ago.

Monday, May 01, 2006

First attempts at haiku

Restless sea drifts past
Peering through the telescope
Present sees past drift.


Seaside memories.
Peering through the telescope.
Present sees past drift


There was a young lad called Mike Pugh
Who endlessly dreamed up haiku.
His family despaired
At how badly he fared
And told him 'We no longer like you!'

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