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We have been without internet and phone for 8 days now! As I was travelling last week I had put up the posts in advance but am now back home and severely limited in what I can do. So new posts from my recent travels will have to wait and I will try to continue posting as best I can till normal service is resumed.

It is only when you don’t have something you begin to understand quite how much you have come to depend on it.

Verdun Tree

Posted: June 28, 2019 in Announcements
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This tree, near the Abbey in St Albans, was one of a number planted as war Memorials in England following the First World War. They came from acorns and chestnuts collected from trees that remained standing on the battlefield of Verdun, which were then brought to England and distributed to Towns and cities across the country. Some such as the one at Lichfield have been replaced by trees grown from acorns of the original Verdun Trees planted in this country and in 2016 the Woodland Trust launched a project to ensure the continuation of the Verdun Trees by growing new trees from their acorns, which can be used to replace any that die.

The tree in St Albans was planted in 1976 from an original Verdun acorn.

A thought for Paris

Posted: April 16, 2019 in Announcements
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My thoughts are with the people of Paris and the congregation of Notre Dame Cathedral this morning as they assess the damage done to the building by the fire yesterday.

I have been to Paris on a number of occasions and visited the Cathedral in its magnificent setting on an island within the River Seine. A truly magnificent building. It is good news to hear that President Macron has already committed to its restoration.

Colchester, Essex

Posted: January 14, 2019 in Announcements
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I am away for the whole of this week so in my absence, the blog will be focusing on the ancient town of Colchester in Essex with a combination of videos and previous posts from the blog.

Video by The Little Backpacker

2000 posts and still going

Posted: January 1, 2019 in Announcements
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The New Year Greeting was my 2000th post on the site. If you had said to me back in 2012 that I would do 2000 posts I would have thought you were mad, but here we are and still going strong.

Thanks to everyone who reads, follows and comments for your support ocer the last 6 years.

Greetings

Posted: January 1, 2019 in Announcements
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Wishing you all a peaceful and productive New Year

Christmas Greetings

Posted: December 25, 2018 in Announcements
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Wishing you all a Happy Christmas

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.