Archive for October, 2020

A funny thing……

Posted: October 30, 2020 in Art, History

I was surprised on Tuesday this week to receive an email from The Times newspaper asking permission to reproduce a photograph from this blog. I will be honest with you that I thought it was a windup or a scam. But I checked the email and it was from ‘’, so it seemed genuine. I replied and agreed that they could use the photo. Thinking it was for some glossy magazine article, I asked when it would be published. ‘Tomorrow’ came the reply. So we dutifully bought a copy of the paper the next day (Confession, it’s not the one I normally read) and there it was, or at a small least part of it, on Page 3 in a serious story about the connection between our Royal Palaces and slavery.

Ceiling - Kings Staircase
The original photo as it appeared on the blog. The area reproduced is to the right of centre.

I have had photos that have appeared on the blog used elsewhere before. Most recently, a church that wanted to use some photos of an abbey founded by someone who was buried in their crypt. But this is my first time in a national newspaper. Do I now get to include a strap-line in the blog title ‘as seen in the Times’? Only kidding.

A nice autumnal day and a visit to Walthamstow Wetlands Nature Reserve in East London. This is a complex of reservoirs, which although still functional are maintained as a nature reserve and open space.

There were the usual selection of bird species present and a couple of Migrant Hawker dragonflies. but even though we didn’t find anything out of the ordinary, it was a lovely walk in the autumn sun.

Cirl Buntings

Posted: October 20, 2020 in Birds, Natural History

Some more pictures from the archive. This time of some Cirl Buntings, a rare UK bird once only found at one site in South Devon. Thanks to wintering feeding there is now an expanding population in the SW. These photos were taken on a trip to Broadsands Bay.

Still searching through the archives, I came across these shots of a Black-Crowned Night Heron seen in Shrewsbury in 2017.

It’s a very grey morning here in London, so here are some pictures of Butterflies from the Butterfly house to brighten up the day

One of my jobs this week was to transfer all my photos (2007-19) off the computer hard disk onto an archive disk to free up space. As is always the case when I do jobs like this I started looking at some of the shots I had taken in years gone by.

Here are some shots taken over the years of the Autumn colours in our garden

Fungi Time

Posted: October 6, 2020 in Natural History

Sue and I were driving down a road in SE London when we noticed this wonderful fungi growing on a tree at the side of the road.