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Another Blackbird

12 Jun

As the theme for this month was Nature I think I’ll take a little break, put the blog on autopilot and post a few bits of nature for the next few days.

Margot took this.

Blackbird

12 Jun

Not really in the mood for this blogging game so here’s a blackbird to be going on with.

One for sorrow

17 Jan

Yesterday, Blue Monday, was supposed to be the saddest, most depressing day of the year which, if true, means that things can only get better … 
Margot took this sad picture so many years ago that we still had a Labour government and the current out-going POTUS was Borack Who?

Deep in darkness

16 Dec

I’ve shown this old fish tank and penguin prison many times before but always with the sun up and and a bright blue sky. Here it is in a bit of late evening gloom.
The weekend in black and white is here.
Weekend Reflections are here.

Liddell Street: then and now

7 May

Close to the burnt out school I showed the other day is a patch of grass with a few trees and bushes growing on it. They can’t build houses on this land on account of the Cottingham Drain running right underneath it. Twenty or so years ago when I used to live in these parts the place was a scruffy dumping ground for fly-tippers and you’d see the occasional wino making his peace with the world. There was a strange bridge that didn’t cross anything since the drain had been culverted decades earlier. There’d be weird tyre tracks where joy riders had obviously been having fun. Oh and every November fifth there’d be an almighty bonfire, often two or three leaving scorch marks that didn’t really heal ’til the next November. Anyhow now it’s become a play area with goalposts for football (that’s posh!) and so on and proper seats for the winos and druggies so they don’t get their trousers dirty …. and tolerated graffiti. The strange bridge has finally gone. The posts you can see are to stop twockers using the place as a short cut (spoilsports). Oh and the fly-tipping is still a local hazard.

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.

The Party’s Over

15 Nov

The weekend in Black and White is here.