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#1101599 - Wed Jul 08 2015 10:22 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Virginia sounds like a smart move. Let us know how that pans out


I will. I'm still looking in both places, but have had better luck in Virginia.

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- think they'd give me a visa? Just kidding. smile


Maybe...
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#1101725 - Fri Jul 10 2015 12:40 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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The more I looked at the earlier pigeon the more I believed I got it wrong. I now think it is a common rock pigeon rather than the New Zealand (wood) pigeon.

Hopefully I have got this one correct which I photographed today - the yellowhammer.


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#1101757 - Fri Jul 10 2015 10:14 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Let's have some more birds, shall we? This group of Canada geese kept me company for some time as I walked by the river yesterday. I strolled slowly and they ambled away, occasionally stretching their wings. There were quite a few youngsters in the group, including a couple that were still downy. Eventually one big fellow gave me the stink eye and I took the hint and circled around them!


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#1101791 - Fri Jul 10 2015 03:12 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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'the stink eye'..
I learnt a new and oh how useful phrase!
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#1101866 - Fri Jul 10 2015 09:46 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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The offices near me in West Hendon

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#1101944 - Sat Jul 11 2015 07:18 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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The centre of Golders Green looking towards the station

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#1101963 - Sun Jul 12 2015 01:06 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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While on the subject of termites and ants, we saw some interesting green ants in the Northern Territory. They are about 1/2 inch or just over 1 cm long in the body. Their bodies range in colour from creamy white to light brown, but their abdomens are bright green (hence the name) blending in with the leaves of the trees in which they reside. Their nests are fascinating (will post about that next time around). We were told they are harmless, don't bite and are delicious to eat (but we didn't try eating them). Sorry the picture isn't the best but they don't sit still for a second and they move very fast so getting photos was quite a challenge.



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#1101969 - Sun Jul 12 2015 05:21 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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One of the pebbles at Moeraki, North Otago....also known as the Moeraki Boulders. Moeraki village is in the background.

"Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. Crystallization of calcium and carbonates around charged particles gradually formed the boulders in a pearl-like process that took as long as four million years. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed around 15 million years ago; waves, wind and rain are excavating them one by one."

There are about 60 boulders left on the beach and the largest are 2 to 3 metres in diameter and weigh about 7 tons. Many were taken from the beach but have been protected for decades. They were perfectly spherical but erosion is getting to them as will be seen in further photos.


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#1102060 - Mon Jul 13 2015 03:49 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Last week the men started stripping my garden in preparation for artificial grass to be laid. This is one view before they started, those are weeds and a not very healthy lawn.

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#1102108 - Mon Jul 13 2015 08:56 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Woods near Frieth NW of London

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#1102120 - Tue Jul 14 2015 04:06 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Vltava River from Charles Bridge in Prague.


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#1102122 - Tue Jul 14 2015 07:00 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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The lawn after one day...

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#1102124 - Tue Jul 14 2015 07:52 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Are you going to have any plants? And I hope they've killed everything stone dead that was there before, at least things you don't want. Trust me, these days a weedkiller is never far from the end of my arm. smile
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#1102126 - Tue Jul 14 2015 08:38 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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I have a border on the left side which has some shrubs and a little space for me to add something else. There is a raised bed in the front of the house.
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#1102135 - Tue Jul 14 2015 11:25 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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It should be nice - and a lot easier to manage. I've become used to not having grass and on Sundays I listen to everyone else mowing without even a pang of conscience. Sadly weeds do grow in mulch but apart from my bottle of "this stuff will kill anything" I have employed another deterrent - a man who weeds. smile
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#1102138 - Tue Jul 14 2015 11:41 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Last year I had wood chippings laid on top of a membrane on a large bed but still I had weeds.
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#1102167 - Tue Jul 14 2015 08:18 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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I put membranes down with gravel and wood chippings and it made no difference either and gave up trying in the end. The nettles can grow a couple of feet in a month and haven't the patience to keep cutting them down along with the brambles.

A village green on the Buckinghamshire border

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#1102196 - Wed Jul 15 2015 09:08 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Almost there, he has a small strip left to do near where I was standing but had to go to the airport to collect his son so it ought to be finished tomorrow.

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#1102197 - Wed Jul 15 2015 09:27 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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That looks wonderful Sue. I suppose you'll be selling the lawn-mower now.:) Does it take any looking after at all?
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#1102207 - Wed Jul 15 2015 10:55 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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That looks wonderful Sue. I suppose you'll be selling the lawn-mower now.:) Does it take any looking after at all?


I guess it will need something, perhaps a quick flick over with the Dyson!
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#1102212 - Wed Jul 15 2015 11:34 AM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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You'll be the only person I know who puts dust sheets on the grass when they paint the garden wall! wink
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#1102223 - Wed Jul 15 2015 01:18 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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The thought has occurred to me that I would need to do that. smile
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#1102229 - Wed Jul 15 2015 02:51 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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I guess it will need something, perhaps a quick flick over with the Dyson!

At least there won't be any dandelion seeds to vacuum up. smile
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#1102237 - Wed Jul 15 2015 04:06 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Tomatoes coming along...

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#1102262 - Wed Jul 15 2015 09:06 PM Re: July 2015 Photo-a-day
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Old stone houses in Turville

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