Bellerophon symbol, variation 7
Wednesday 5th June 2024

Every summer our two ceanothus bushes go absolutely crazy with a riot of purple flowers, albeit at slightly different times - one bush flowers before the other. I've thought about this before, but never got around to it: trying to capture this on camera. So I took a load of pictures on a sunny day, including a few other flowering plants. Perhaps I'll print some of these out and stick 'em on a spare picture frame we have lying around.

Saturday 1st June 2024


Saturday 25th May 2024


Monday 13th May 2024

Probably just clouds
After the amazing display of northern lights recently, I wondered if we would be treated to any further displays, but perhaps not. Are these just plain old clouds, albeit kind of interesting and streaky? Managed to capture what could be a shooting star though. In fact, if you look closely at that middle picture, it looks like several streaks all emanating from roughly the same point.

Sunday 12th May 2024

Well, that's weird. These two photos have the same filename as two other pictures taken the previous day. How is that possible?! So I've have had to manually rename them. Hmmmmm, not good. Anyway, these two pictures are all that I have from a walk around Clougha done today. Parked at Rigg Lane car park, walked along the road and then went back via Clougha.

Saturday 11th May 2024

Northern Lights, part two

Friday 10th May 2024

Northern Lights, part one
By way of explanation for the pictures taken today and in the early hours of Saturday. We got a message from A****** at 23:14 with an intriguing picture of some aurora borealis type effect in the skies over Liverpool. I initially suspected another wind-up, but as the Horton's left our house a bit later, we noticed 'something' in the skies. Sat out in the back garden, something was definitely going on, and many pictures ensued. At first, I was hurrying to get my camera set up, and so the focus (and various other settings) wasn't set correctly. Eventually I managed to get the camera configured correctly, and pointed the camera at various parts of the sky with a 10 - 15 second exposure. Definitely one of those rare events where the phenomena was strong enough to reach us in this part of the country AND there were no clouds. Incredible.

Thursday 2nd May 2024

Leighton Hall, kind of
Yeah, I know . . . I didn't catch M**** at the best time here . . . a bit of a frown going on. Still, I'm loving the light from the setting sun in these pictures. I think we started of from somewhere near Leighton Moss and headed towards Leighton Hall, I believe.

Sunday 28th April 2024

Warton Crag
Looks like Warton Crag to me. I'm assuming R****** was revising at the time.

Saturday 27th April 2024

The Lakes Distillery
Today we had a tour and 'sampling' at the Lakes Distillery. Afterwards, lunch at the bistro / restaurant thingy. All very good. On the way back, we popped into Keswick for a quick walk.

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

This was a recommendation from M****'s brother, Simon. Osmo TopOil (Clear, Matt). Seems to have worked out well on this coffee table. Previously we had tried various waxes, but none of them provided a decent level of protection from water spills. Plus we didn't want a varnish, as we didn't really want the shiny finish. I gave the table a thorough sand down, cleaned it up with white spirit and then applied two layers of this stuff. All sorted.

Sunday 21st April 2024

Catshaw / Hayshaw Fell

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Evening stroll
IMG20240416194031.jpgIMG20240416194037.jpgIMG20240416194101.jpgM**** and I had gone for a walk in the evening, after dinner. Or was it before dinner? Doesn't matter. Anyway, the walk was around Higher Lane, behind the back of Wyresdale Park. The light looked amazing and I was a bit annyoned I didn't have my proper camera with me, so had to resort to the mobile phone. It kind of hampers the sponaneity a bit, when you have to grab your ruck-sack from upstairs, making sure the camera is packed.

Friday 5th April 2024

It is far more difficult to produce a fermionic superfluid than a bosonic one
I feel some explanation is required here. After a quick pit-stop at this intriguing café on the outskirts of Winchester, we headed for a walk around Farley Mount, followed by lunch at the Plough Inn, Sparsholt. During a little break on our walk, we took a few pictures with us sat on a bench. M**** was trying to explain or demonstrate (or both) to Bethany the process around 'photobombing', hoping that Bethany might be able to photobomb a picture of us lot. As you can tell, it didn't really work out, but never mind.

Thursday 4th April 2024