Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Grass snakes do no harm to people but, some folk like to kill anything they can with careless driving, hedgehogs for eample. Hedgehogs are now rarely seen in Clevedon, I reckon because people are slaves to garden styles and have left no cover for them in the garden. The same thing with birds, bushes are "out" patios are "in". Consequence is, no thrushes or blackbirds nesting places and no birdsong in the early morning. .
Friday, June 21, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
|Durbin's Myrtle Cottage in Old Street - circa 1880's?|
Message from Jane where is it? Confusing because it has the edge of one of the Cottle's Cottages that were built sideways on to the road. This stretch was called Union Street in the early census. Originally Joseph Gurney's shop in 1832 with Candy and Vicarage's Union House diagonally opposite. By the time I saw the Emails Jane had sorted where it was. What a shame that Rose Cottage around the corner has never had a picture turn up so far.
|The "Ivat" Stanier Black Five at Yatton|
I looked up the loco on Google It seems that when the black fives were designed by Stanier they all had small coal bunkers following the 'Midland' designers of the LMS combine.
Ideal for shifting coal trains and local traffic, but not so useful for long hauls. Then Ivat designed a cut off to the bunker and added a tender making them a good long distance runner.
I think I should have cloned out that intrusive arm, however it doesn't really matter on this pic.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
|I made the home page pic on Morguefile ! !|
Found out this morning that I made the home page picture on Morguefile.
Pleased as punch about that and lively as a cricket too.
This in spite of the fact that there was something happened with the Smart-Idiot this morning.
Coming back from taking steam pix there was an unusual happening. I was traveling at around 25-30 mph. when I had a double effect on the front nearside wheel. Almost as though one brake had been applied to the wheel.
I told Martin and he checked but there was no probelm with the bearing, the brakes seemed Ok and there was no wheel shake when it was jacked up. ? ? ?
Continuing to drive it very carefully. Ran Martin out to Kingston Seymour, came back didn't go over 30 mph.
Took my left ear hearing aid up to the outpatients dept. left it for the audiologist to put on a new tube to replace the broken one.
Hopefull I can pick it up - done Thursday.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
I nipped off a sprig and took a few macro shots when I got home. The flowers on my big bush along the wall are not yet opened but the bees are busy probing into the buds now.
10 dioptre lens on my Tamron 90mm lens gives 3 times lifesize approx.
I recently found my old Cobra flash reflector. Bought 2 for about £3 years ago. Out of curiousity I looked on Ebay, One offered for £9.99 plus postage on top.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
|Lots of good stuff.|
It seems a shame that so much good stuff is thrown away. Builders cannot use it because once used it is secondhand The plywood was quite thick and the made-up piece with timber on was large too.
3x2 inch timber and 1 inch thick ply. If I was driving a pick-up instead of the Smart-idiot it would have traveled back with me.
|Union of South Africa with the Duchy excursion|
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Monday, June 03, 2013
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Cob had changed his pattern of waiting in the field opposite and was standing on the roadside guarding.
I noticed a broken egg shell and Sunday I stopped and after a while he realised I meant no harm and moved back. I didn't risk getting out but to a few pix from my seat in the Smart idiot.
A blow from a swan's wing is hard enough to break a bone in the arm.
It made up a little for the disappointment of the Union of South Africa being withdrawn and a stinking diesel replacing it on the Duchy Express. Hope they can solve the "hot-box" trouble soon enough for next week-end.
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Hawthorn blossom Crataegus monogyna
Wondered why there had been no-one show up at Horsecastle crossing and realised it is on the 2nd June NOT the 1st.
Hawthorn blossom is showing well in the hedgerows and I took a couple of pix to post on Morguefile and Flickr.
Also some of what I think could be ragwort but the leaves seem to be wrong from the pictures in the wildflower books.- Posted a composite on Flickr to see what they think in the Flora and ID Please groups.