Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Storm of Passing

We had a nice storm last night, so a good excuse to get outside and go storm watching. Although it was missing our town, it was appearing around us, enjoyably so out at sea. We don't get many storms here. Statistically you get more lightning inland rather than on the coast, but these were building up over France and just heading straight north to us, with a slight eastward drift. In hope I took the mini-tripod (fits in a smallish rucksack) along with two lenses; the Nikon 50-200 and the Nikon 50mm. In retrospect a wide angle would have been useful as the storm got closer. The Nikon 50mm is fairly cheap to buy but is one of the sharpest lenses there is, and these were taken with that one.

Very nice to sit in a field half way up a hill and watch all this approaching. Though I have to get up early and get lots of work done tomorrow this storm comes first. Then it's my friend Dogs funeral, which begins with a Mardee Gras procession through the town with accompanying brass, then to the rugby club, the crematorium and then back to the rugby club. I was thinking of the man when watching the lightning. A big rock music fan, as well as other things, last night seemed an appropriate send off for him. You can't get any more rock'n'roll than a lightning storm.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Slowly working through all my old blogposts updating them with photos that work again. I've got as far as the end of 2012 and it's turning into a mammoth and tedious task, though it has re-acquainted me with lots of old photos that I haven't seen for a long while. Busy time here, the summer, lots of work to do and a funeral to go to on Thursday. I don't know if anyone remembers the lovely happy couple who's wedding I put up here back in 2012, well the husband died of throat cancer last Friday. He was a legend in this town so it will be a huge occasion, but a real shame and a great friend is now lost.

Sunday, July 09, 2017


Bad news on the blog front for me. I looked at my blog on Friday to be confronted with an image informing me that I have to update my account to enable third party hosting. Checking online I discovered that Photobucket, where I store and link my photos from had decided overnight that they will no longer provide their service for free and want something like $400 per year. So about 1,800 photos on my blog reaching back until 2010 over about 400 blog posts have become invisible. I'm unwilling to stump up the money and am not sure if I have the time or the will to go back through all the blog posts and sort them out by uploading the photos to blogspot. Frankly I don't know what I'm going to do. Worse things happen but I'm a bit unhappy about having lost so much work and the prospect of sorting it all out again.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

There's Sure To Be A Row

Row/Row. Row of trees. There's an amusing take on the song 'The Star of the County Down' called 'There's Sure To Be A Row' in which the romantic enchantment of the former is brought to an earthly conclusion. Sung with a nice straight face here by Andy Irvine.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Monday, June 05, 2017

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Back Again

Apologies for being absent for so long. I got caught up in a lot of work, but should be back to posting again now hopefully.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Monday, May 08, 2017

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Kerria Pleniflora

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From Exotic

Bachelor Buttons are one of the most striking gifts we are blessed with during the summer months and luckily, they seem to spring up almost anywhere. They are deemed an old blossom associated with traditional times and are typically seen in English-styled postcards and paintings. The flower’s happy blue faces are enough to make anyone smile along with their delicate shaped heads stretching out like tiny individual stars. Otherwise known as “Bluebottles”, Bachelor Buttons are common across the northeast and grow like weeds where you least expect them, especially within wheat fields where they receive their symbolism of “opulence”.

There have been a few surprise sighting throughout history, one of which was during the excavation of an Egyptian tomb. When archeologists went to explore King Tutankhamen’s crypt, the last thing they expected to find amongst gold was a wreath still intact made out of these indigo wonders.

Dating even before King Tutankhamen, myth says that the Bachelor Button was even tied to Greek Mythology when Chiron was attacked with an arrow but cured with the flower’s powerful nectar. This soon became the basis for making the blossom signify “protection” and “healing”. Interestingly enough, Bachelor Buttons are proven to possess medicinal properties when the petals are soaked in boiling water. If the heads are then placed on a person’s eyelids, they are supposed to be soothing and capable of alleviating issues like puffiness or redness.

Along with it being symbolic of “delicacy”, “purity of feelings” and “good fortune”, the flower is said to be able to tell the future outcome of a new relationship. Place one head in your pocket and if the flower is still alive the next day, the couple will have a long future together.

Monday, May 01, 2017

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017