Posts by: Ray

What to do during a coronavirus lockdown…

My brother just asked me what I was doing. Same as yesterday. Except that today, for a change, I cleaned the Dyson. And I found a filter that I hadn’t noticed before so I watched a Youtube video of a guy who was showing watchers how to service a DC40….

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In the dark

I slept last night while my trailcam monitored what was going off in my garden. There was a lot of activity in the owl box and a good number of visits by one of the birds, each one prompting frantic calling, so much so that I’m fairly sure there are…

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Breaking News!

No, It’s nothing to do with Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Boris, the NHS or Brexit. Even though it’s not going to make the papers, for me, it’s more exciting than any of those. Tonight at 7pm, I went down the garden to feed my tawny owl his day old chick. He…

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The sunshine state

Great blue heron   If you ever go to Florida, you should spend a day or two on Sanibel Island on the coast of the Mexican Gulf.  It is beautiful on a number of fronts.  First, you’re hard pushed to find even a scrap of litter.  The landscape is tended…

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Frozen

Aurora Borealis It’s 1.30pm and, after about 3 hours ‘daylight’ it’s now dark again. This is winter in Hamnnes, northern Norway, about 50 nautical miles east of Tromso and overlooked by the Lyngen mountains. Few residents of this small hamlet are stirring today. The shop and museum open for an…

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Thank you once again for your donations!

To all of those who have attended my talks, bought calendars etc etc,  thank you once again.  This year, I have sent £821 to Zarach.org, who provide beds for children in poverty across the city of Leeds, and an unknown donation direct to WaterAid.

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Mosquitos et al…

Yesterday, a Thai lady told me that she was unaffected by mosquitos.  They only bit certain people.  I’m not sure whether the words ‘certain people’ were lost in translation or whether they had a particular meaning, for example, ‘tourists’ or maybe even ‘wimps’.  But I’m definitely one of them.  And…

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Inspiration

If you have read my ‘about’ page, you will have seen that I have created a presentation called ‘Inspiration’, specifically for the Embroiderers’ Guild, the purpose being to highlight some of my more interesting and colourful subjects and, thereby, to encourage members to make a place for nature and wildlife…

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On the pond

Banded demoiselle   If you’ve looked at the dragonflies and damselflies in the ‘On the pond’ post, you’ll already know that we have this amazing little nature spot close to our house.  It’s pretty special just to sit and watch the activity on the ponds, particularly at this time of…

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Greenland

Sail boat in fog, Illulissat, Disko Bay We’ve just returned from Greenland courtesy of CMV’s ship, Marco Polo, out of London, Tilbury dock. This is a company we’ve never used before so, first, a quick comment about our transport. CMV has a good following with plenty of returning clients who,…

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