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The Rosemary Beetles had all disappeared after some strong winds, but they have reappeared now on the lavender


Blazing sunshine all day – the damselflies were very busy


A second visit to the Phyllis Currie Nature Reserve, specifically for some bug photography. Unfortunately there was a very strong breeze blowing keeping a lot of the flying insects down. I still picked up a few shots including, just as I was leaving, the featured shot of the meadow grasshopper as he very kindly posed for me on a gate post…he was tiny though!

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The honey bees are enjoying our chives at the moment…


These little pests are munching there way through our Rosemary, Thyme and Sage at the moment. The best way of getting rid of them is to pick them off by hand apparently…


Despite dire warnings of cold weather and rain today, we ventured out in the morning and visited, for the first time in a long while, West Wood, just outside Thaxted. It was a lovely, bright mild morning…thanks weather forecasters! Lots of new growth was everywhere including the common spotted orchids that abound here. They are still a little young at the moment so today’s picture is of some new Forget Me Not’s that are starting to emerge.


It was Debbie’s birthday today , so not much time for photography, then a curry and 3 bottles of Cobra meant that the photography that did take place wasn’t quite as focused as it should have been!


This is the headstock of my very old, but trusty Fender Stratocaster that I used to “…make them cry or sing” when I played Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing” live in a pub in Leeds (when I say Leeds I mean out in the sticks in the back of beyond!).

The guitar was “given” to me by the band’s keyboard player and singer Les who owned the local video library…so now I’m dating it! Of course, it was the audience who were tending to cry when we played this fine song…we had a “get ’em off” tray that used to circulate while we played. We always said, if we raised £400 we’d stop playing…the band played on, we weren’t that bad!


We had cabbage with our tea tonight (Shepherd’s Pie if you’re interested). The left over leaves immediately caught my eye for a quick macro black and white abstract sort of shot..nand I made 3 of the shots into a triptych…


As a young boy I had a friend who I used to go and see occasionally with my Mum. One of the real highlights of these visits were the pickled gherkins. For some reason we never used to have these (at least not in the early to mid 70’s) at home and I used to love the tangy crunch you got with them, plus no one told me at the time that they were actually cucumbers in disguise 😉

Still enjoy them to this day!