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Cambridge – an Hour with a Small Camera

Some days ago I found myself with a bit over an hour to go wandering in the tourist-rich streets of Cambridge (that's the real Cambridge in Cambridgeshire, England) while my companions were doing something cultural in the Fitzwilliam Museum. We lived near to Cambridge for rather more than a couple of decades before moving to [...]

2018-05-10T13:52:49+00:00 Thursday, May 10, 2018|

England 2016 – a Photographic Sampler

Although not a birding trip, there are birds to be seen; rather more often there are gardens and vistas. The first ten days or so of May were spent visiting friends and family in England. Let it be said that this post is for our own amusement and reference but it has wider appeal, we [...]

2016-05-13T14:50:08+00:00 Friday, May 13, 2016|

Garden redux

After many months of playing the part of a builder's yard, the garden is finally starting to return to its former shape (not glory yet, but we'll get there in time). It's amazing the effect a bit of decent turf - or sod as Canada calls the stuff - and some warm rain can have [...]

2015-07-24T15:06:00+00:00 Friday, July 24, 2015|

103

My Aunt Nancy celebrated her 103rd birthday today and I just received a photo of her celebrating with flowers and a cake ... needless to say, she is no longer all that autonomous but she lives in a wonderful retirement home in a small rural community on the edge of Exmoor in Somerset.  My sister [...]

2013-03-11T17:50:14+00:00 Monday, March 11, 2013|

Magpies

Spending a couple of weeks in England doing social and family stuff but the binoculars and field guides are with us, as always, for those times when time permits ... Thus far, however the main birding  - if you can call it that - seems to be the sight of Magpies everywhere ... Magpies being [...]

2012-04-02T02:14:46+00:00 Monday, April 2, 2012|

England – Spring 2010

England - spring 2010 Birds, Old Friends, Magnolias and “The Emmas” During our, now annual, visit to England, as well as catching up with family and friends we managed to fit in many, many pretty good birding and walking opportunities … but more of them later.  This is not a chronological record of our travels [...]

2010-05-01T17:39:43+00:00 Saturday, May 1, 2010|

Hissing Sid and The Emmas …

After a couple of weeks of silence we are back from sunny (and it was) England and the  volcanic flight embargo with tales of fine birding, good cheer, immense frustration with the air traffic authorities and many photographs. All this will take time to assemble and make available, but be assured that you will shortly [...]

2010-04-23T12:11:40+00:00 Friday, April 23, 2010|

Musings on the weather

This is being written from eastern Canada where we get a lot of snow, where it gets jolly cold and where life goes on.  In the past few days the news has been filled with two stories – one a big dump of snow hitting the eastern US and the other being the inability of [...]

2009-12-21T13:07:18+00:00 Monday, December 21, 2009|

Natty cycling Bigbyists perhaps?

It was a quiet weekend and somewhat damp on Saturday so I finally got around to something I should have done a couple of years ago and started work on the Sisyphean task of cleaning out the study … in the process of which I found a couple of old photo albums I picked up [...]

2009-07-06T12:04:42+00:00 Monday, July 6, 2009|

A recipe for buttery buns …

Petits pains viennois au beurre There is some interest in how the buttery rolls were made .... here goes: Ingredients: Sachet of yeast 3.5  cups warm milk 2 eggs 2 tablespoons sugar 1 or 2 teaspoons salt (optional) 3.5 cups all-purpose flour stick of non-salted butter Method; Dissolve yeast in warm milk, add eggs, sugar [...]

2009-06-27T15:33:30+00:00 Saturday, June 27, 2009|