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Summer field

Wednesday 14th July 2021, 3.15pm (day 3,611)

Poppies in field, 14/7/21

A very pleasant summer’s day, the land around feels like it has reached peak fecundity. Nice to look at, although not so good for my nasal membranes, frankly. But that’s the price I pay.

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A dash of colour

Sunday 13th June 2021, 1.20pm (day 3,580)

Everything’s growing fast. Do the weeding in the garden and three days later it all comes back, it seems. These plants — I am not botanist enough to identify them — offered a splash of colour to the mostly green landscape but it was only temporary; they are weeds, they had to go. But like everything else, they will no doubt return.

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Dust and poppies

Friday 11th June 2021, 10.10am (day 3,578)

Dust and poppies, 11/6/21

A day working at home, and so a day where, photographically, all I really had to go on once more was other people working. But I like the poppies peeking into the corner, they set off the picture nicely. And, it’s now the weekend….

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Snowdrops

Thursday 18th February 2021, 2.30pm (day 3,465)

Snowdrops, 18/2/21

These are little light bulbs, surely; strung up by Whomever to anticipate of the coming of spring. Will this be one of those years where it arrives and stays, or one where we don’t see it until May? The fun thing is, in Britain, you never can be sure.

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In the company of sunflowers

Monday 31st August 2020, 11.05am (day 3,294)

Sunflowers, 31/8/20

It was a public holiday in the UK — for some. Those that weren’t on holiday included the many people who work in pubs, driving trains or buses, police, nurses etc. And me, who stayed in all day reading funding proposals submitted to the Kazakh government. Well, it’s important to them, at least.

Spending all day sat at the dining table at home would not have given many photo opportunities except that next to me were these sunflowers in a vase. They help August 2020 go out with some vivid colours.

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Whidborne Street, London

Thursday 30th July 2020, 3.45pm (day 3,262)

Wwhidborne Street, 30/7/20

In 24 hours I translocate from Cumbria and its sub-arctic conditions to the tropics of London, where it is about 30ºC.   This sun-drenched scene is taken from outside McGlynn’s pub, which has featured on the blog two years ago (as linked).  Then, there were people.  Now, the place is only half-alive, which I guess I have not yet got used to and hope never to do so.

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Bluebell season

Monday 20th April 2020, 9.55am (day 3,161)

Bluebells, 20/4/20

At the moment, some pictures just need saving up for a day when there’s nothing else to show. The bluebells have been out for a few days now. Is there a flower with a more appropriate name? Beyond the fact that they don’t make a sound, it’s hard to fault it.

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Checking up on spring

Thursday 19th March 2020, 4.20pm (day 3,129)

Buds, 19/3/20

We all risk missing spring this year, don’t we. I, however, intend to do my best to keep an eye on its developments. Without a spring, the year will just suck. Well, y’know, even more than it already does.

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Farewell to the Kayu Arum

Friday 29th November 2019, 11.30am (day 3,018)

Kayu Arum flowers, 29/11/19

The last picture from my week in Indonesia, and the fourth one to be taken in the grounds of the Kayu Arum hotel, this time by the swimming pool. Yes, it would be nice if the blue line at the top were parallel with the rest, but hey. This blog is not a commercial venture so any endorsement I offer of a place or company is purely based on my own opinions — and this was a damn fine hotel, peaceful (once the weekend family groups had departed, anyway: and the early morning call to prayer was done), beautiful gardens, good food, etc. etc. If you’re in Salatiga I highly recommend it. Indeed I recommend the place as a whole; I haven’t had face-to-face engagement with a non-Indonesian all week, and feel my life has been better for it. Time to head home, however. Until the next trip.

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Entrance to the tea rooms

Wednesday 18th September 2019, 11.15am (day 2,946)

Richmond tea rooms, 18/9/19

It’s nice that after nearly a decade and a half working in Manchester that I can still discover some new places. This was one: I just fancied a cup of tea at this point, and surely an establishment named like this can deliver? It certainly could. Inside had to be seen to be believed as well, but I couldn’t just snap away at the customers; the profusion of flowers in the porch does give something of the right impression, however.

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