Archive for March, 2013

Moon pictures

Posted: March 31, 2013 in Astronomy
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Photos taken with Harvard NASA telescope

And now for Boudicca!

Posted: March 31, 2013 in History, Roman History

Following on from Richard III in a car park and a possible site for the burial of Alfred the Great comes……..

But then again tomorrow is 1st April

City of Truro

Posted: March 31, 2013 in Trains

A great GWR loco, City of Truro, meets one of its modern counterparts

Flying Scotsman

Posted: March 31, 2013 in Trains

That most iconic of Steam trains – The Flying Scotsman

Roman Kitchen

Posted: March 30, 2013 in History, Roman History



A replica Roman Kitchen from The Museum of London

Not a promising day cold overcast and wet!! When will the spring arrive?

Not a lot of activity in the garden but one fascinating sight. You may recall that I have mentioned before that we think we have Blue Tits in nesting box 2 and that on previous occasions they have seen off first a Treecreeper and then a Nuthatch. Well this morning the Nuthatch was back and trying to get into the box. Now there is just one problem with this – the hole is too small. So the Nuthatch then decides to make it larger! He was drumming away just like a woodpecker for 10 minutes or so and then flew off. All this time there was a Blue Tit in a nearby bush but it made no attempt to chase the Nuthatch off as it had done previously. Perhaps it is considering that maybe this isn’t quite such a des-Res after all





Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Eurasian Nuthatch [sp] (Sitta europaea)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)

Bird pictures: Wood duck

Posted: March 29, 2013 in Birds, Natural History
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These are pictures of a Wood Duck which spent a couple of months on the Tarn at the end of 2012

Two pictures of the Blackeye galaxy taken using the Bradford Robotic telescope

Blackeye 1

Blackeye 2

The Blackeye galaxy (M64 or NGC 4826) was discovered in 1779. It contains a large dust cloud in the centre of the galaxy which absorbs light and gives rise to its name.It contains evidence of two colliding galaxies.

For more information see › Hubble Photos

Looking forward to this exhibition at Natural History Museum


Posted: March 28, 2013 in Natural History
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