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Awesome Arachnids

Posted: November 1, 2018 in Announcements

Did some work on improving my Arachnid identification skills back in the spring. Fascinated by the variety of different spiders we found in a very small area. My favourites were the Cricket Bat Spider and the Cucumber spider.

 

Here is a post about some amazing Arachnids:

Roads End Naturalist

She asks me to kill the spider.
Instead, I get the most
peaceful weapons I can find.

I take a cup and a napkin.
I catch the spider, put it outside
and allow it to walk away.

If I am ever caught in the wrong place
at the wrong time, just being alive
and not bothering anyone,

I hope I am greeted
with the same kind
of mercy.

~Rudy Francisco

I led a full moon walk this past week at Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a wild and wonderful tract managed by the NC Botanical Garden, only a mile or so from my office. I love being outside at night, hearing the night sounds, and trying to catch a glimpse of the creatures that make darkness their time of choice. The night before the hike, I walked alone along the trail at Mason Farm, looking for things to highlight and…

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York 2018: Weekend of History

Posted: October 24, 2018 in Announcements, History, UK, York
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A long weekend in the wonderful city of York to attend the York History weekend and the chance to hear some of the countries leading experts talk about history from the ancient world to Brexit.

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Also, it was a chance to re-visit some of the fascinating historical sights in the city. Apart from day trips to the National Railway Museum, it is probably 20 years since I spent longer than a day here and much has changed.

River Ouse looking towards Lendel Bridge (top left), Medieval Houses (top right), York Minster (lower left), and Bootham Bar, one of the old city gates (lower right) 

The weekends’ talks were held in the Yorkshire Museum and in the Kings Manor and my focus this weekend is on Anglo-Saxon England. I also visited the National Railway Museum (a must for any visit to York), York Minster, Barley Hall, The Yorvik centre and The Richard III Museum.

Trees of Arne

Posted: October 15, 2018 in Announcements, Dorset, Landscape, Natural History, UK
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During my trip to the RSPB reserve at Arne last month I spent the morning in the woodland to avoid the showers which gave me the opportunity to look at and photograph some of the wonderful old trees there.

Look at York part 2

Posted: September 3, 2018 in Announcements

I am travelling again for the next fortnight so I am continuing our look at the wonderful city of York.

Amazing photographs of amazing wildlife. I just love those Burrowing Owls!

It often strikes me how all it takes is getting outside and looking around a little to observe something unusual, different or completely new. Nearly every walk, even on those slow days, turns up at least one new creature or behavior I’ve rarely or never seen at some point along the way. While sometimes I’ll […]

via Always Something — Natural Moments

A look at York

Posted: August 6, 2018 in Announcements

I am not around to blog for the next two weeks so I thought we would use the opportunity to look at York, one of my favourite cities with a mixture of posts from my own blog and some videos from Youtube.

I hope you enjoy your visit to York

IT Update

Posted: July 2, 2018 in Announcements

Well, the installation of the Fibreoptic connection went extremely well last week and now, having left it for a few days just in case, it still seems to be working well. So, normal service on this blog will be resumed this afternoon. Phew, what a relief!

IT update

Posted: June 18, 2018 in Announcements

My ISP has decided that the problems we are currently experiencing with our connection are due to a degraded line. The remedy is to upgrade to a fibre optic connection, which to be fair they are installing free of charge and the rental is lower than what we are paying at the moment. This is all scheduled to happen on the 28th June, so until then I will be continuing to pick out some of my favourite posts from the early days of the blog and sharing these with you all.

IT ugh!

Posted: June 12, 2018 in Announcements

Have spent the morning trying to sort out an internet problem which is preventing us uploading any images to WordPress or any other site for that matter. Don’t you just love IT!

Anyway, it seems like the solution is not a straightforward one and we shall have to live with this problem for about 2 weeks till it can be resolved (hopefully).

In the meantime, as I can’t upload any new images, I plan to repost some of my early blogs to fill the space.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

New Year’s Greetings

Posted: January 1, 2018 in Announcements
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Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous New Year