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Competitor, Blue Pig Race 2019

Sunday 16th June 2019, 4.15pm (day 2,852)

Blue pig race, 16/6/19

“And now we’re going live to the 2019 Blue Pig Race on the Hebden Water….”

“Yes Alan, the race is certainly reaching a climax this year, good water conditions but let’s remember what these competitors have to go through each year… a fearsome twenty-foot drop at the start and there are always casualties there… then the rapids…. look at the grim determination on the face of number 4!!….”

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Doing its best

Saturday 15th June 2019, 10.55am (day 2,851)

Allotment flower, 15/6/19

Despite the lack of encouraging conditions, some of the foliage is giving it a go. It can’t be easy under the monsoon, probably our equivalent of crawling out from under the duvet at 6.30am in February. Hence the ragged look of this bloom.

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A day of meetings

Friday 14th June 2019, 12.30pm (day 2,850)

Refreshments, 14/6/19

Despite four HB pix in a row I have in fact spent most of the week in Manchester, but — to repeat a frequently-made recent point — it’s not been very exciting. Nor was today, but at least there was plenty of tea and coffee.

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Pinks and purples

Thursday 13th June 2019, 11.45am (day 2,849)

Pink and purple, 13/6/19

It’s not been the most exciting of weeks and local flowers and walls are about the limit of my ambitions for a time. Summer colours perhaps, but no summer weather: the monsoon remains clamped overhead with few signs of it shifting just yet.

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Muscovy duck

Wednesday 12th June 2019, 5.25pm (day 2,848)

Muscovy duck, 12/6/19

Another of Hebden Bridge’s resident birds makes a reappearance on the blog — 8/11/15 was the same Muscovy duck, for instance. Not that it looks very happy about it today. Perhaps it’s just glum about the gloomy weather, the same as the rest of us.

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Yarnbombing

Tuesday 11th June 2019, 12.10pm (day 2,847)

Yarnbombing, 11/6/19

A few minutes after she left the house this morning, Clare felt moved to phone me and say: “If you want a photo of the day come and get one of the yarnbombing done on the sundial”….  So you see, I do occasionally listen to her. And a very fine yarnbombing it is.

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The return of Humph

Monday 10th June 2019, 8.50am (day 2,846)

Humph again, 10/6/19

It’s always good when one of the local heron population is posing in the morning on an otherwise photographically inert day.

Who knows for sure whether this is the same specific bird I’ve pictured before but (allowing for the foreshortening effect of me having taken today’s shot from about 30 feet above the heron’s head) the markings certainly look indistinguishable from those of our old friend Humph, as seen on 25/5/16 for example. How long do herons live, I wonder?

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Shoe shop (self-portrait)

Sunday 9th June 2019, 12.05pm (day 2,845)

Shoe shop, 9/6/19

After two new countries (new to the blog, at least) and several new locations over the last week and a half, the pendulum swings, and the next three weeks see me mainly at home. I can’t promise excitement but I will do my best, better than today I hope, anyway. As you can see I’m pondering a change of style. (Actually the shoes were being bought for Joe.) And more place-related trivia — the first ever weekend of the blog where both Saturday and Sunday shots were taken in Manchester.

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Late night taxi

Saturday 8th June 2019, 1.40am (day 2,844)

Airport taxi, 8/6/19

Back home. Such a grey and rainy day today, a total contrast with the last two days in Greece. So dull that I did not feel moved to take a picture at all between waking and sleeping: but I did get this one in the early hours as I waited for my taxi driver to get his parking token. Cars are intrinsically dull too, but that makes it representative.

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Taverna, dominant lifeform

Friday 7th June 2019, 4.00pm (day 2,843)

Taverna cats, 7/6/19

If you’ve been anywhere near the Mediterranean you know that it’s an ecosystem in which cats are one of the dominant lifeforms. These three are in charge of the taverna lying near the house of the friends I have come here to visit. Last day in Corfu. May it be less time than eight more years until I return.

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