Archive | December, 2015

Woody, Deadly and TTFN

6 Dec

That’s nightshade, of course. Above Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara) and below Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna). Both these plants are poisonous so you wouldn’t be daft enough to eat them now would you? And you’d teach your youngsters not to go near them.

Both these pictures were taken by Margot who also grew the plants because she likes poisonous things…

Right I just can’t be bothered to do this for the time being so I’ll be back when I’m back. Smell you later.

Mission creep

3 Dec

To the sickening braying and howling of a pack wild animals filled with an unsatiated blood lust the Commons after a ten hour so-called debate that was a litany of hypocrisy and cant, voted yesterday to make our streets safer by making the streets of Syria considerably less safe. The RAF likes to practice its killing in the skies over Hull and East Yorkshire presumably because our skies are so similar to Iraqi and Syrian skies.

Yet Another Charity Shop

1 Dec
Charity shop, Hallgate, Cottingham
The long running slow-down in economic activity has been a boom time for charity shops, they were the fastest growing retail sector last year and there’s over 9,600 of them throughout the land or so I’ve read. They’re in every town and on every high street. In Cottingham there are seven that I know of, that’s more than one in ten shops devoted to raising funds for some cause or other. Now a connoisseur of these places would say that the slightly seedier the ambience the better the bargains to be had and it’s a real bad sign when the professionals move in and a Mary Portas style makeover happens. This means higher prices, less stock and a reduction in customers. This one has opened recently for some local charity and has a nice mix of books, bric-a-brac and clothing. All very pleasantly and unprofessionally arranged to appeal to the browsing passer-by on a gloomy afternoon.
‘Shop window’ is the City Daily Photo’s theme for the first day of the last month of the year. See what goodies are on display here.