June photos!

Posted by: Copago

June photos! - Thu May 31 2012 07:42 PM

Here's the thread for the June photos.

All welcome!
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Thu May 31 2012 07:46 PM

Sunst a couple nights ago smile

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Thu May 31 2012 08:12 PM

oooooooooo (and aw's)
Posted by: Tori_2s

Re: June photos! - Thu May 31 2012 08:16 PM

Is that near where you live? Is that a flooded plain or are those trees (what kind are they?) always surrounded by water?

And by the way, great picture! smile
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: June photos! - Thu May 31 2012 08:43 PM

Jill, that's absolutely astounding! It's beautiful. Looks like it would make a lovely desktop picture. smile
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Thu May 31 2012 09:27 PM

Beautiful, Jill! Just lovely.

My sister and I spent much of the afternoon of the last day of May visiting the Glanmore National Heritage Site, a lovely Victorian mansion that has recently had a lot of restoration work done to its interion. This is the "suspended" staircase.

Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 01 2012 12:38 PM

My house this afternoon. smile

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 01 2012 04:09 PM

Close up of an Aqualegia. They're also called Granny's Bonnets and self seed everywhere.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 01 2012 04:11 PM

Love that sunset - so peaceful and tranquil.

spanishliz, you're so lucky to be allowed to take photos indoors in places like that. We aren't any more, and that is a lovely shot of the staircase.

Sue - is Jersey doing much for the Jubilee, looks like you're ready for it.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 01 2012 05:26 PM

Quote:
spanishliz, you're so lucky to be allowed to take photos indoors in places like that. We aren't any more, and that is a lovely shot of the staircase.


I asked permission first, and was asked to keep flash to a minimum. All the photos I took were with available light, so they were happy with that.
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 01 2012 05:34 PM

Thanks for the sunset comments smile
Tori - yes, it's right by my house. The trees are gum trees and the water is just leftovers from floods earlier this year - it's slowly going down but with our winter just starting it'll hang around til next summer probably.

Here's a bale of wool all pressed up and ready to truck out.

Posted by: ertrum

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 01 2012 07:37 PM

Does that mean you got at least eleven bales of wool? How many sheep do you run?
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 01 2012 07:46 PM

Impressive sunset there.

This is one of apparently unlimited typical English village centres, Potton in Bedfordshire

Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 02 2012 12:29 AM

yep, Ertrum, 11 is the bale number - that was only day one so there's lots more to come. We hope to get 120(ish). Each bale weighs around 200kg and there's about 5-6kg from one grown sheep. There's about 6000 of them running around out there. smile
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 02 2012 12:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Copago
11 is the bale number

I cannot remember what all the stencils mean, but does 'M PCS' mean 'Merino Pieces'?
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 02 2012 01:00 AM

yep, that's the one.
The longer number with the Australian map under it is the wool classer's stencil so they know who to blame wink
And Landmark is just the agent who we sell through.
Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 02 2012 04:45 AM

Originally Posted By: Christinap

Sue - is Jersey doing much for the Jubilee, looks like you're ready for it.


Fairly massive I should think. There is a street party outside my house on Tuesday hence feeling the need to put up some bunting, making an effort.

There are Jubilee Arches over some roads, street parties, concerts, old motor cavalcade and much more. I will be a a Jubilee Fayre all next weekend helping out.

We don't get our royal visitors until next month then we are having horseface and her old man gracing our shores, sorry, I ought to have said Prince Charles and Camilla.
Posted by: ertrum

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 02 2012 01:49 PM

"horseface and her old man " -- not too keen on Camilla, then?
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 02 2012 04:05 PM



Fox sitting at the bottom of my garden this morning. I had to take this through the kitchen window as if I'd gone outside he would probably have run before I could get the photo.
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 02 2012 04:38 PM

More countryside near Hitchin

Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 02 2012 08:19 PM

Nice catch of the fox! He's gorgeous.

the signature wall in teh shearing shed

Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 03 2012 12:02 PM

Copago, your sunset photo is amazing.

Love that fox, Christina! There seems to be a plan going on inside its head. Fantastic Mr Fox style.

Hope everyone's Jubilee celebrations are going well. What a pity about the rain today! The flotilla was beautiful nonetheless, I thought.

Rain here too:

Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 03 2012 03:19 PM

Stunning.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 03 2012 03:39 PM

Chavs, that is just gorgeous.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 03 2012 04:57 PM

An otter at Broxborne Wildlife Park.

Posted by: JaneMarple

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 04 2012 12:44 PM

A very quiet jubilee celebration with relations, for me

Traditional sponge cake with whipped cream, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a "60" for the diamond jubilee smile
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 04 2012 02:47 PM

Being the jubilee most towns on Thursday had the bunting out, this is Codicote near Welwyn.

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 04 2012 04:13 PM

Chavs: I have one word for you and it's "WOW"

Christina: love the columbine, the fox and the otter.

Jane: That's a pretty cake - looks like it tastes/tasted good too!
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 04 2012 08:40 PM

That flower is amazing - it doesn't look real laugh

Here you go ozzzz!
Sharpening the shearer's combs.
(oops worng pic! lol should be the right one now)
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 04:15 AM

That was my job, Copago! The only difference is that we had a green 44-gallon drum. smile
Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 10:06 AM

None so mad as the British. Rain or no rain the street party had to go on, smaller than intended and with the tables etc in front of my neighbour's garage.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 02:54 PM

(Thank you for the lovely comments, guys).

That cake looks delicious, Jane.
Last day of the jubilee celebrations, and didn't they do it well! My mother is English and threw a jubilee afternoon tea with strawberries-&-cream fairy cakes (she refuses to say cupcakes.)
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 03:01 PM

Sue, that's a great photo, it suddenly brought me back to my childhood and a BBQ in the rain, huddled in the neighbour's garage wearing anoraks, and with the metal door open like an awning... Is it needless to say I spent my childhood in England? lol Good memories.
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 03:24 PM

mmmmm cakes! They look lovely.
We used to call them fairy cakes when I was a kid but it seems to have gone out of usage. confused

This gorgeous little thing is Boomer, a ten week old Rhodesian Ridgeback who managed to sleep through all the action. (nearly all day every day lol)

Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 03:28 PM

He is gorgeous and the shearers look good.

Any chance of a poodle sheep this year? smile smile
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 04:00 PM

Another field in Biggleswade

Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 04:03 PM

Originally Posted By: sue943
He is gorgeous and the shearers look good.

Any chance of a poodle sheep this year? smile smile

Any chance of a shearer this year? Yum
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 06:07 PM

The position one of those sheep has his leg in the shearer needs to be a bit careful.
Posted by: Tori_2s

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 08:09 PM

Looking at the pictures and I wish I was at Sue's yesterday eating a strawberries-&-cream fairy cake! I watched a lot of the festivities on tv last night.

Maybe someone can answer this question I've been wondering about. On Sept 10, 2015 she (God willing) will pass Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch. Do you think there will be a large national celebration also?

Copago- Boomer is only 10 weeks old. How big is he going to get?
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 08:57 PM

lol at ren. They do look sort of yummy : ) Of course I'm too old to matter in the judging, but what the "hey".
Posted by: playmate1111

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 05 2012 11:19 PM

Beautiful pictures all but where are the Jubilee pictures? I was expecting to see a few here smile
Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 12:36 AM

Yes I agree! Watch out folks as the next few two -week themes are going to be topical.eg Sports photos during the Olympics etc.
Posted by: Dotb

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 02:53 AM



The beacon near where I live for the queen's jubilee celebrations.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 04:21 AM

Bravo!! smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 05:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Tori_2s


Maybe someone can answer this question I've been wondering about. On Sept 10, 2015 she (God willing) will pass Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch. Do you think there will be a large national celebration also?


Tori, don't know the answer to that one. I havn't heard about anything being planned, but at her age perhaps they have unpublished plans in place but don't want to let anyone know them yet in case she doesn't make it. Most of the Jubilee stuff was only announced last year. I would think something would be done to mark the event.
Posted by: Dotb

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 10:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
Originally Posted By: Tori_2s


Maybe someone can answer this question I've been wondering about. On Sept 10, 2015 she (God willing) will pass Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch. Do you think there will be a large national celebration also?


Tori, don't know the answer to that one. I havn't heard about anything being planned, but at her age perhaps they have unpublished plans in place but don't want to let anyone know them yet in case she doesn't make it. Most of the Jubilee stuff was only announced last year. I would think something would be done to mark the event.


You're right, most of the jubilee stuff was only announced last year but had been planned for at least 2 years (the concert etc) so I'm sure they'll let us underlings know in time to celebrate if they have plans.
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 03:18 PM

We're finished now. Yay!

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 04:07 PM

Already?? That was fast!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 04:52 PM

Visit from a flock of baby starlings this morning

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 04:55 PM

Originally Posted By: playmate1111
Beautiful pictures all but where are the Jubilee pictures? I was expecting to see a few here smile


I have a few from a local event but they all have a lot of people in them, too many to blank out all the recognisable faces. Perhaps others have the same problem. I think the same will happen with the torch relay photos I intend to take when it comes through Rayleigh.
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 06 2012 05:13 PM

I did show some bunting, and have a few more of it as I passed through the villages.
I was always fascinated by flyovers as a child, especially so when they built two three deckers near me in the 70s. This is the A1 going over the local road in Biggleswade.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 07 2012 05:13 PM

My roses are blooming!

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 07 2012 08:01 PM

gorgeous! (mine are just getting leaves now lol)
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 04:28 AM

That's a classic, Spanishliz. smile

It's iris season here. Landing strip for bees.

Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 07:08 AM

Wow!
Posted by: Dotb

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 07:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
Originally Posted By: playmate1111
Beautiful pictures all but where are the Jubilee pictures? I was expecting to see a few here smile


I have a few from a local event but they all have a lot of people in them, too many to blank out all the recognisable faces. Perhaps others have the same problem. I think the same will happen with the torch relay photos I intend to take when it comes through Rayleigh.


Yes, I have photos of the olympic torch going through the town near us. Far too many faces to post here though. frown
Posted by: Dotb

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 07:46 AM

A very poorly pigeon in my garden this morning.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 11:06 AM

Aww, poor little thing. Did he recover and fly off?

Nice looking garden dot, a few more of it perhaps?
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 11:07 AM

Originally Posted By: sue943
Wow!


Couldn't agree more Sue, absolutely stunning picture
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 03:33 PM

wow to the iris and the rose!
Poor pidgeon.

This is the same dog that was asleep in the wool. He could sleep anywhere. He is getting old and looks for anywhere soft smile
Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 04:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Copago
He could sleep anywhere. He is getting old and looks for anywhere soft smile

Oh, dont I know the feeling!
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 08 2012 05:50 PM

Dot: beautiful water/rock fall. Would love to see more of it as well.

Copago: LOL! That pic screams out (in muted whisper of course)... "Bliss"!
Posted by: deputygary

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 09 2012 08:44 AM

I was playing golf in northeast Nebraska. It was a hilly, wooded course next to a lake. On one tee box I happened to look back and saw these wild turkeys crossing the adjacent green. I'd never seen one before so it was a nice experience.



I've heard of birdies, eagles and albatrosses in golf but never "turkeys".
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 09 2012 10:44 AM

They're quite big aren't they.
Posted by: paper_aero

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 09 2012 12:12 PM

Jubilee pictures? In the village of Malham in the Pennines they had a safari including dolphins in the River Aire (which was less than 6 inches deep at this point despite all the rain) [I was just passing through - a one night stop]
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 09 2012 03:36 PM

Whose a pretty boy?

Posted by: deputygary

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 09 2012 05:33 PM

Very colorful, Christi.

Wild turkeys aren't that big, actually. These were probably all female as they were all under 3 feet long. Males are bigger at 4 feet long or longer.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 09 2012 07:35 PM

Paper aero -- are they dolphins in sunglasses?! Very creative.

Christina.. that's marvellous. Zooming in? or were you up that close?
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 10 2012 02:21 AM

haha paper aero, too funny those cool-dude dolphins!

and Christina, fabby photo! I love toucans! (it is a toucan, isn't it???) grin
Posted by: deputygary

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 10 2012 07:47 AM

Some longhorn cattle seen in Nebraska.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 10 2012 08:02 AM

Chavs, a bit of zoom but not much, we were pretty close

Santiago - Yes, it is a toucan

deputygary Love those cattle, wouldn't want to get too close to those horns though.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 10 2012 05:59 PM

The new rose bed I planted last year is really coming into full flower now. These are all David Austin roses. He specialises in ones that look like old roses, and have wondeful scent, but the disease resistance and repeat flowering of modern roses.


Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 05:05 AM

lovely, Christina!
And love the cattle pic too!

I'm out of photos! So here's Buster again. It's a wonder that the blood didn't go all to his brain!

Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 05:27 AM

Strikes me that Buster is pretty easy to catch on camera. I never saw him awake yet!
Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 05:31 AM

Chavs, Congratulations, you are on the Roll of Honour! Please post a photo on there!
Posted by: deputygary

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 06:51 AM

Here are some buffalo in the same pasture as the longhorns. The little one wasn't getting ready to charge. He was just cavorting.



I know that technically they are bison but around here we call them buffalo.
Posted by: Dotb

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 08:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Christinap
Aww, poor little thing. Did he recover and fly off?

Nice looking garden dot, a few more of it perhaps?

The pigeon did recover, saw it yesterday and it looked almost better! This is not more of my garden but one we visited recently in north Wales.



Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 09:22 AM

Ren, thank you very much, and thanks to Jake & Alexx too -- I feel very honoured indeed.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 04:00 PM

Congratulations Chavs. Looking forward to seeing your Roll of Honour photo.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 04:02 PM

Close up of one of my roses

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 05:28 PM

Beautiful roses! Buster's a doll smile Great animal and bird pics!

I brought Precious a treat the other day. I think it is safe to say that Precious likes catnip!

Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 11 2012 09:04 PM

Some dandelions.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 12 2012 05:01 AM

Thanks Christina. I am quite jealous of your toucan!
Liz, another hilarious Precious pic. What a character! I think "The Adventures of Precious and Buster" would make a great coffee table book.




All the rain last week made everything seem dull but then I looked at the ground and found the destruction had caused a sort of rainbow.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 12 2012 07:26 AM

That is so pretty!
Posted by: deputygary

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 12 2012 04:31 PM

Great picture Chavs. You have a good eye. I am really enjoying all the pics on here.

Here is a sunset at Lake Lewis and Clark which sits along the South Dakota-Nebraska border.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 12 2012 04:38 PM

Reindeer and newly born baby

Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 12 2012 04:57 PM

I haven't had a chance to go anywhere recently but just found another from my cruise in 1974, this was the P&O Uganda in the Bay of Biscay, and have had a couple of people on Flickr find them and were on it with me as well.

Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 12 2012 08:19 PM

Gary, your picture is simply lovely.
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 04:26 AM

Beautiful gary! Stunning pic.

Love the reindeer too .. awww smile
Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 05:28 AM

I am posting this here as it isn't a handmade card, it is the printer's proof of a card which is going to be one of the local hospice's Christmas cards this year.

Fame at last!

Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 05:32 AM

Congratulations Sue! I always knew you had it in you to be famous!It is a lovely card.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 05:49 AM

Your design? Lovely!

Gary, that sunset is so incredible, I just want to be there.
Christina, I've never seen a new reindeer before - sweet.
Satguru, I like the way you always bring us on your travels and that pic just shows how some photos get more valuable over time!



I finally managed a butterfly photo - at last - even if I think using a flash has distorted its true colour somewhat. I think it was a lighter brown really. A "speckled wood". More hairy than I would have guessed!
Posted by: PurpleFan

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 06:51 AM

May I please have a Autograph Ms. Monks.

I am so proud to know you.

Congratulations from the Schweens.

Love the Card.
Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 07:06 AM

It will be quite amusing if someone sends me one for Christmas, I normally receive some Hospice cards.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 08:04 AM

Gary, I love that sunset picture

Sue, very impressive. Will it be just in Jersey or nationwide

Chavs, that butterfly is amazing. You want to stroke it
Posted by: deputygary

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 11:12 AM

Thank you, everybody. But the sunset is like that every day here in South Dakota. wink
Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 11:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Christinap


Sue, very impressive. Will it be just in Jersey or nationwide



In various shops in Jersey including W H Smith but also available on their website later in the year.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 11:42 AM

Ooh congratulations Sue! That card is lovely!

Your butterfly is gorgeous, Chavs!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 04:18 PM

A second toucan who was in the same enclosure as the first one, but clearly a slightly different species.

Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 13 2012 04:24 PM

Amazing bird, amazing colours, amazing photo.
Posted by: szabs

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 11:57 AM

Everyones pictures are fantastic, I haven't had much time lately to go out and take pics.

Christina - that is a White-throated Toucan also known as Channel billed Toucan, these toucans are the most common ones in Venezuela.

This little guy was born in my garden when I lived in Venezuela, he fell out/ thrown out of his nest by his mother, and she never accepted him back no matter how hard we tried. We later found out that he had a bit of a defect on one of his wings and he never managed to fly very high or far. Tuki became one more in the family, and when I moved to Spain he came with me, just like all my other pets did, he lived for 26 years, and not one day in a cage, he was always free to do his own thing. This picture is taken in my garden here in Spain, although it is not a very good picture as it is scanned in.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 02:56 PM

That's wonderful, thanks szabs. Must be great to live somewhere where birds like that fly around all the time.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 03:51 PM

I love him!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 04:41 PM

You see some odd things at garden shows. I don't know if too many people would want this decorating their lawn.

Posted by: deputygary

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 05:54 PM

I actually have 2 of those. They're great for keeping the neighbor kids away. And door-to-door salespeople. And traveling evangelists. And...
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 06:33 PM

lol deputygary

awwwwwwwwwwww szabs (you made me tear up with your story). Cute little guy and a good pic too (never mind the scan thing!)

Christina: I like ALL of them MUCH better than garden gnomes and fake flamingos LOL!!
Posted by: deputygary

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 06:56 PM

Here is a thirteen-lined ground squirrel, also known as a striped gopher. These things are pretty prolific around here. At the airport where I used to work their mounds popped up all over. It would have been a safety hazard for any airplane that veered off the runway. So we had to get a badger to get rid of the ground squirrels. Then we had to get something to get rid of the badger. And on and on...:)

Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 07:15 PM

Very nice design Sue, and no idea how you did those patterns in the sky unless you actually did them freehand which is incredibly difficult.
Thanks Chavs, I've scanned all my British photos online and just some of the most interesting abroad. Someone local who now lives in Israel said they'd just been visiting the hotel pool I stayed in 1972 and 1981 and found one of it here I sent her, she says it's hardly changed at all.

Crops in a field in Meldreth near Cambridge yesterday, I've never seen them before and the pods looked like beans. Anyone recognise them?

Posted by: trangie

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 14 2012 09:51 PM

Pretty sure that is canola - or you'd call it rapeseed
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 15 2012 01:35 AM

Originally Posted By: deputygary
I actually have 2 of those. They're great for keeping the neighbor kids away. And door-to-door salespeople. And traveling evangelists. And...


laugh

Love your little gopher, looks a cute little thing.

Satguru - I think it's oil seed rape as well. At the stage where the flowers have gone but it hasn't dried off ready for harvest yet.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 15 2012 07:39 AM

A couple of years ago we had a big old apple tree die. Didn't want to completely take it out so lopped off branches and made it safe and I planted a rambling rose. Didn't do much last year, but has had a real growrth spurt this year and is looking quite pretty.

Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 15 2012 10:47 AM

Thanks for the ID, a month ago every field was yellow and we all recognised them, but I've never seen the next stage with all those pods. I presume if they go to seed it should plant them for the next season.

I know these signs are popular, and now have doubled my total after getting the next closest ones (almost 50 miles away) near Cambridge. The only little glitch was of the three I got one had lost its right turn symbol very recently, you could see the shadow of where it was so clearly the same sign it was before, but no metal plate. There was a left turn about 7 miles east cross country but didn't know the exact spot and hadn't planned the complex extra part as it was a mirror image of mine. You really can't plan for everything but still made a huge profit. This is a very rare one generally and there were two the same at each side of the junctions, this was in better condition.

Posted by: Gees63

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 15 2012 04:59 PM

The Olympic Torch Relay passed through North Tyneside this afternoon Picture taken on Church Bank entering Wallsend

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 15 2012 06:17 PM

I love it when creatures pose for me! This chap sat on that leaf whilst I took Precious inside, got my camera, and returned. Then he was off! One photo was all he was going to sit for smile

Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 15 2012 06:24 PM

By jiminy, good shot.

Nothing here to catch but rain, rain, rain. So here's some irony. Sunglasses.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 16 2012 05:46 PM

The eagle has landed

Posted by: ertrum

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 17 2012 05:48 PM

(This may be sort of cheating. If it is, I'll happily replace the picture)

We spent the weekend at Hanging Rock State Park, NC. Here's a view from the bottom and the top of Hanging Rock. Fortunately, there's a path from bottom to top...

Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 17 2012 06:50 PM

More archives, this is the bridge to Hayling Island in 1997

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 17 2012 07:30 PM

Here's Precious, relaxing with the newspaper.

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Sun Jun 17 2012 07:57 PM

LOL! She has a smug look on her face that says "I just completed the Sunday crossword - what have YOU done today!?"

Ed: Lovely vantage point!!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 19 2012 07:14 AM

A busy bee in the garden this morning

Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 19 2012 07:47 AM

A not-so-busy cat.


(Edit: sorry, I keep forgetting the sizing rules. People need to slap me when they catch me? Please?)
Posted by: sue943

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 19 2012 12:13 PM

Originally Posted By: ertrum
(This may be sort of cheating. If it is, I'll happily replace the picture)



Yes, the old crow will go ape!
Posted by: ertrum

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 19 2012 01:23 PM

Well, it is one image - just glued together before submitting.
I await fearless leader's verdict.
Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 19 2012 04:01 PM

Well it fits the size and doesnt upset me. Since I really like the pic too ...ner.
Posted by: ertrum

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 19 2012 08:34 PM

Here's a very determined tree, also on the trail up Hanging Rock:

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 20 2012 04:28 PM

Looks like it's been hanging on there for quite some time as well.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 20 2012 04:34 PM

A group of self seeded flowers in the garden. Sometimes nature does it so much better than I do!


Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 20 2012 05:38 PM

That's so pretty.
Posted by: ertrum

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 20 2012 08:59 PM

Another from Hanging Rock - it was a fun weekend...

Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 20 2012 09:26 PM

The end of the line, Southminster station. You would end up in the North Sea otherwise.

Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 20 2012 10:05 PM

The 'lightning show' at the Museum of Science in Boston. The electrical discharges come from the large Vandegraaf generators. They make a loud 'crack' and you can smell ozone in the air too. My boys like this photo due to the apparent origin of the lightning, lol. (science note: the guy inside the 'Faraday cage' was completely safe - the extremely high charge runs to earth via the external metal frame)

Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 21 2012 02:02 PM

Fields on Dengie Marsh in Essex

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 21 2012 03:33 PM

That's a brilliant photo Mike. Could anyone go in the Faraday cage, or was it just staff?
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 21 2012 03:38 PM

Part of the gardens at Scotney Castle in Kent

Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 21 2012 11:07 PM

Why o you people insist on making me so homesick?! That is gorgeous Christina.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 02:38 AM

It's a lovely place Ren. The castle you see used to be occupied but is now just a sort of folly, ruined in places, still with some of the moat round it. It was replaced by a big Victorian mansion which you can go round, which overlooks the valley where the gardens and the old castle are. You go down a circular path and just keep getting these tantalising views of the old castle on the way down.
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 04:17 AM

Great photos!

Haven't been able to take photos lately as we've had visitors this week. The boy has been studying the discovery and settlement of Australia and his art activity for the week was to make a diorama of a early building of the colony in a show box. Honestly it sounded beyond boring to me so we invited a few other kids in his year over and made bigger models - they're about 3 feet high smile They did three houses plus two tents .. had a Union jack flying, a boat, bush music playing in the background like Botany Bay and so on. Kids LOVED it ... much more fun bashing nails than gluing matchsticks.
Didn't have many pics without kids in it! (just pretend the buildings aren't in the background!)

Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 04:22 AM

Love the cat on the doorstep, Chavs!
And Hanging Rock looks like a great place to explore .. and have a picnic. wink
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 05:21 AM

Copago, I remember learning 'Botany Bay' and similar folk songs/sea shanties in primary school. Sounds like an ideal way to do homework too. Especially if you can make it a competition.
Christinap, very glad you liked the photo. No, only Museum staff were allowed inside the Faraday cage. But earlier, they used a much smaller generator and passed the charge along a group of children holding hands. The last one in line felt the (mild) shock. I'm sure they deliberately chose a couple of girls with long hair to take part as that long hair literally stood on end! I have a couple of pics of this too but the faces are clearly visible so I won't post them here.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 07:44 AM

Copago, that looks like way more fun than making little things in a box, but how did they get them to school?

Mike, shame about the faces, I'd like to have seen those girls with their hair standing on end.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 12:25 PM

Thanks, Copago. Your house building looks so much fun, and it makes a great picture; love the colour of the ground too!
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 12:26 PM

We love FunTrivia so much here that we've issued a national postage stamp in Terry's likeness.

Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 12:38 PM

Love it! smile
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 02:50 PM

That's a hoot, Chavs - someone needs to send the link to Terry!

Copago: The best lessons are usually the "hands-on" type. But tell me, did they name any famous explorers who might be buried in that church graveyard? lol

Mike: you can always "air brush"/blend the actual faces if you have some sort of photo editor. Or just paste buggy-eyed happy faces on top of the real ones lol
Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 03:31 PM

"The best lessons are usually the "hands-on" type"

Yep! Honestly if we had sat there and done a little matchstick house I would have hurried him along to get it done and get out but this was way more fun for everyone .. a lot of work but.

We didn't have to get the to school, Christina smile We do school at home anyway becuase we live so far from the actual school. There was three other kids here from Conor's class and they came from 160 and 250kms away. The other part of the week's work was to do a discussion on how each different group of people had it hard when they first came here (convicts, free settlers, guards and so on) so they did a powerpoint presentation of all the houses and talked in turn over the top of it and emailed that into the teacher. smile I am going to try and save the houses .. pop them into a shed somewhere for future projects. Sorry, got a bit carried away there :p

This was the Governors cottage .. complete with clay governor and dog out the front under the verandah smile with the tin boat on the left. It did have a sail but it was so windy it didn't last long!
Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 03:48 PM

Wonderful,Jill. That's what teaching and learning is all about!
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 04:15 PM

Thanks for explaining that. I never thought about you being that far away from an actual school. Do you find it hard to motivate Conor for remote learning?

The houses are brilliant, good idea to save them for the future.
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 04:53 PM

Artistically planted trees on Dengie Marsh in Essex

Posted by: Copago

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 08:06 PM

It can be hard, Christina - which is why I try to spice it up with things like this smile It's also hard motivating ME as well some days!
Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 22 2012 08:14 PM

But, having met the lad, I can truly say he is amazing. Such a nice person and so bright and interested in what life has to offer. He's a sweetheart, he really is.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 23 2012 07:31 AM

Rear of Scotney Castle (the ruined bit) from across the moat

Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 23 2012 10:10 AM

More of the Essex prairies. If it was America the road would be straight

Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 23 2012 03:08 PM

Beautiful!

(The citrus makes me thirsty).
Posted by: Howie72

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 25 2012 02:16 AM

A white faced heron enjoying a walk at the Smithfield rock pools.

Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 25 2012 02:23 AM

Oh Howie! Welcome ! That's such a lovely photo!She looks very purposeful.
Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 25 2012 06:21 AM

Sorry I've been absent for a while.

Here's my daughter's new stiletto shoes - with heels shaped like the stiletto dagger after which the shoes were named!

Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 25 2012 07:47 AM

Killer heels!!

Mothergoose, I think I just played one of your quizzes - me, myself and I? I should have sent you a note because I really enjoyed it. It was quiz of the hour.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 25 2012 08:03 AM

Fabulous shoes, I'd wear those.
Posted by: demurechicky

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 25 2012 03:57 PM

Fab shoes, but if wore shoes like that I'd do myself an injury smile
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 25 2012 04:07 PM

Pair of doves visiting the bird table this morning

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Mon Jun 25 2012 04:09 PM

Originally Posted By: demurechicky
Fab shoes, but if wore shoes like that I'd do myself an injury smile


I know what you mean, but my motto is if you can't do it in 5" heels it isn't worth doing to start with.
Posted by: Santana2002

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 26 2012 10:46 AM

MG, I love, love love your daughter's shoes! If she ever gets tired of them, I'll be happy to take them off her hands (or feet, in this case)!!! grin
Posted by: MotherGoose

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 26 2012 12:33 PM

Chavs, thank you for the compliment on my quiz - I am glad you liked it.

Coolcat90 was also pleased with everybody's compliments on her shoes.

One of the reasons I have been scarce around here lately is that I went down south two weeks ago to visit my other (adopted) daughter, Willow. On the way home I stopped by my mother's house (Mommakat) who lives just over an hour's drive south of me. While I was there, a severe storm swept through and I was trapped there for a few hours as the winds were so fierce (over 140 km/hour) that it was unsafe to drive. In addition, Mum's tree was blown over and blocked my car in the drive. One of the neighbours called the SES (State Emergency Service) and a team came out very promptly and removed it for us.


Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Tue Jun 26 2012 04:07 PM

What an exciting life you lead, MC! I am glad you were safe, and got rescued!
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 27 2012 07:09 PM

Back on the Essex prairies, I take photos now specially for the Ordnance Survey map of Britain, so people click on a place and all our pictures come up. Contributors collect points for them all, and the map has 100km squares with two letter codes (I live in TQ), and each gets a point as well. The most efficient way to do it is to go to an intersection where four squares meet, assuming the sea isn't in the way as it is on the south side. That happens to be on the Essex marshes to the east, which was why I went there for only the second time in my life, but as no commonly used maps have the roads there (they are dead ends and then become private land) I printed something out and drew the route on it from the only very dodgy source I could find online. I went to the node point and when I turned right at the crossroads to reach both new squares went from a farm to a grass track where the road I expected was over a mile long.

It was obvious it wasn't going south to the next square, but as the crossroads on the map was in square one I drove a couple of miles south and entered square two from the west, and when I got home and compared my results with the map discovered two crossroads where my printout had one. The first had a tiny dead end on the left and the farm entrance on the right, the real road was half a mile further along. But both didn't have a straight ahead as the major road I was on already turned left only on both, which is extremely unusual once, and almost unheard of for two junctions in a row.

So after a demanding trip (you have to drive almost 20 miles through all the suburbs with nothing but traffic lights before you reach the open road) I simply had to do it again as the sea makes both these squares much further away from anywhere else- I'd already tried to get one using the route NE and turned back due to the worst traffic jam I've ever seen on a major road so although I only needed the northern of the two there wasn't anywhere for some miles northeast besides the exact darn place I'd aimed for already. Six days later I had a free day, and for the third time (the first was to the seaside last month further south) took the only road east (the other is much further south and only a basic A road) and actually had no traffic, continued to the crossroads I needed, did the exact route planned first time, and then a small run north and back west to cover more new ground for my map. It did mean I took the little route south into the first new square I'd never have bothered to otherwise, and a few to the north I wouldn't have done had I done it in one, so did get a small bunch of roads rather than a single line which has at least beefed up a corner of my map which wouldn't be otherwise.

I posted in their forums for the biggest cockup on a photo trip, and easily trumped by someone who drove from Yorkshire to Heathrow to take someone to the airport, and planned to photograph most of the road back, only to find he'd left his camera at home. I would always buy one if that happened to me as long as the shops were open, as for 30 or so you can cover yourself easily and always need a spare, but he didn't. Anyway, for a change you have the story behind one of my trips, and nowadays most are to work my way round the compass points and almost done them all now as there are only so many.

Posted by: Howie72

Re: June photos! - Wed Jun 27 2012 11:37 PM

Another of the birds at the Smithfield rock pools, a red-billed seagull enjoying the water.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 28 2012 08:15 AM

That's lovely Howie - like the reflections in the water.
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 28 2012 09:36 AM

The roof on this farm seems to be on its last legs. Tillingham, Essex.

Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 28 2012 03:57 PM

Susie playing in her outside run. As usual water bowl upended so it goes everywhere and she can bark at me to fill it up again.


Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Thu Jun 28 2012 05:01 PM

Howie: really loved the heron (I've never seen one with such yellow legs!). Some scary looking kelp there though! The seagull is a great picture too.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 02:47 AM

Yes, the seagull is a great shot, reflection and all.

Christina, I thought at first that your doves were part of a bird-table sculpture, they seem to match it! Very pretty.
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 07:35 AM

They do match pretty well don't they. Perhaps I should get a couple made as a sculpture.

This morning's pick of strawberries from the garden. One thing all the early season rain did do was ensure a massive crop of these this year. I've been picking this amount and more every day for about 10 days now.

Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 08:36 AM

You could have made a bomb at Wimbledon,Christine. I keep thinking of Pavlova, and not the ballet dancer either...
Posted by: Christinap

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 10:47 AM

I can't make meringue, big disaster every time I try, so I'm thinking strawberry shortcake.
Posted by: ertrum

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 04:10 PM

Here's the hero after slaying the evil tree.

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 06:28 PM

Okay, I must have missed something - why was the tree evil? lol
Posted by: satguru

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 07:03 PM

Quite a few of Dengie Marsh at the moment as I've been there twice in a week, this is a farm entrance. It is quite different from anywhere else in the country though so worthy of the coverage.

Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 07:15 PM

Originally Posted By: ertrum
Here's the hero after slaying the evil tree.


I think ertrum is being ironic here . It doesn't take courage to chop down a helpless tree, and and is not a clever, brave thing to do.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 09:45 PM

"Look mum, just one leg".....one of the two plumages of variable oystercatcher at the Smithfield rock pools trying a balancing act.

Posted by: ertrum

Re: June photos! - Fri Jun 29 2012 10:14 PM

Mostly I was struck by the similarity of his pose to that of many heroic portraits - leaning on the chainsaw and all.

And the tree wasn't evil, but did need to be removed
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 30 2012 10:50 AM

Just some flowers beside the river when I was walking there the other day.

Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 30 2012 10:57 AM

Howie: your bird photos are wonderful. May I ask what camera you use? And how close were you to the actual birds?
Posted by: ren33

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 30 2012 03:54 PM

June being over here, I am putting up the July thread. However the June one will be open a few hours yet for time laggers. Thanks so muchfor the wonderful picturesyou contributed this month.
Posted by: Howie72

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 30 2012 05:09 PM

Only a lower range camera - a Canon PowerShot SX130IS. I was not particularly close to the birds though cannot remember how far away. I had to use the full zoom so was surprised about how well that worked.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: June photos! - Sat Jun 30 2012 05:13 PM

Howie: thanks for the info! : )