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Media morte in vita sumus

11 Jun

This old tree, I think it’s a lime tree, is huge, not tall particularly but wide; some of its branches must be forty or fifty foot long. And by all that is right and proper it should be dead. Quite apart from this massive gash where a branch has fallen off, three quarters of its branches  are clearly dead and bare. The saprophytic fungi have moved in already. And yet … and yet there are still leaves sprouting from  a few branches. Clearly not going to gentle into that goodnight.
The weekend in black and white is here.
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Hazy with buttercups

10 Jun

I made a brief sojourn to Beverley Westwood on a hazy June day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many buttercups. The cattle that roam about this place must have read that buttercups are poisonous and are carefully avoiding them …

A little late colour

5 Nov

And while I was on the Westwood I thought I may as well take some more Autumnal pictures. This Autumn has been a particularly colourful one in these parts with many trees holding their leaves still in the first week of November. I suspect that after the unsettled weather forecast for later today though most will be stripped. It’s going to be a very soggy Bonfire Night.

I’m experimenting with slightly larger images, don’t know if I like them.

Persistent parking problem

4 Nov

So, back to see that old tree again and, well, as you can see the roadside is still one big car park. These are not day-trippers enjoying the scenery or taking the dog for a walk but long-stay people working in town or on the redevelopment of the Westwood Hospital nearby. The problem is Beverley either lacks sufficient parking spaces or is charging too much (is £5.40 for all day too much? I don’t know; I don’t drive) and there is no such thing as a Park and Ride scheme (a what now?). So increasing numbers choose to leave their motors on the common for nowt causing damage to the verges and generally making place looking a lot like a car park. Well all that is about to change as the Pasture Masters, who run the Westwood (it’s an ancient throwback thing), are putting up signs and expect the police to enforce parking restrictions. Now Humberside Police has recently been branded “inadequate” and as “failing to provide a quality service to the public” I wouldn’t expect too much from them, but it’s good to live in hope. If this doesn’t work they could always try charging (£10 per day obviously); on the ‘if you can beat them, join them’ principle

Upon this blasted heath …

5 Jan

Well hardly, this is the well grazed almost manicured common land that is Beverley Westwood and much of what you see here is a golf curse. This was taken sometime ago so it’s a good bet that that wreck of a tree is no longer there especially as it was being used as a swing by the locals. Far away, off on the horizon you can just make out (with a magnifying lens) the old black mill.

Festive fun

26 Dec

And how did you spend your Christmas morning? Why trying to identify this fungus since you ask. And did you succeed in your mycological quest? Erm, no. The best I can come up with is that it’s a bracket fungi (well, d’oh!) possibly an Alder Bracket though, as all the guides say, identification is tricky.  These guys are sprouting out of that dead chestnut tree I posted a while back on the ‘decay’ theme day .
Here they are with a bit of colour.

The weekend in black and white should be here if it hasn’t been consumed by all the seasonal goings-on.

Westwood Road

12 May
I mentioned in passing many months ago that Westwood Road, Beverley had the most expensive houses in this area. Personally I can’t see the attraction of these Victorian terraced mansions nor even the grand villas opposite (that’s not to say I wouldn’t take one if offered). I suppose once you’ve made your pile you must find a suitable place to flaunt it.