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Three good things for Tuesday:
- I have read "My family and other animals", which [livejournal.com profile] adaese bought for me in Oxford
- people keep liking my photographs :-)
- I have sold two books.
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ETA: If you click on the picture, and then zoom in, you should be able to read most of the titles.

Bluebell

Aug. 14th, 2016 10:57 am
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[livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat asked for a picture of Bluebell; and here she is, striding off purposefully.

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[livejournal.com profile] bunn wanted a photograph of a small airport. This is the only digital one I have; an eight-seater Britten-Norman Islander at Westray airport, in Orkney. This is the only sort of plane that uses the airport. Note the sophisticated luggage-handling system.

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On Wednesday, we had to leave Orkney *sniff*. But not before a tour of the dig at the Ness of Brodgar and a look at St Magnus cathedral (and a twentieth anniversary dinner at Helgi's).


More pictures behind the cut )
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I left my write-up of Scottish holiday at the end of the first week; so, belatedly, to the second.

On the Saturday morning, we packed up and left our flat in Skaill House, and headed a few miles north to Marwick, where we walked up to the Kitchener monument and the new HMS Hampshire memorial wall. There were also some surprisingly cute rabbits, and lots of birds.


Lots more photos behind the cut )
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What happened on Wednesday? Oh yes - we took the passenger ferry to Hoy, and walked up to the Dwarfie Stane.


We didn't see the Sea Eagles that are nesting near there, but we did see stonechats (like this one), young meadow pipits, and (not so) common redpolls.


More photos behind the cut )
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So we went to Scotland.

On our first day, we went to London, and took [livejournal.com profile] adaese's mother out to dinner for her birthday; then we caught the sleeper* to Aberdeen. I only took one decent photo that day, and I deleted it by accident :-(

The second day was spent in Aberdeen. First, we had a wander round on our own. Either the good people of the city, or their monumental masons, didn't know when to stop.


Then we met Jason, Becky and Loki, who took us to Aberdeen's winter gardens. These were very colourful (and, as importantly, out of the rain).


More photos behind the cut )
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Now that's my kind of city.
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Castle of Burrian, Westray, last week.

Orkney view

Jul. 4th, 2016 08:51 am
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This is the view from our bedroom window this morning. Eynhallow is in the middle, with Rousay behind; and, on the horizon, Westray.
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It is ten o'clock, and the sun is finally thinking about setting.
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This is the rare - the very rare - Scottish primrose, primula scotica, that adaese found yesterday.
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Aberdeen harbour.

Grebe

Jun. 20th, 2016 01:46 pm
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I saw a great crested grebe on the lake at work today! First time for this location.

What are the odds on it being there when I bring my camera in tomorrow?

ETA: Hah! It stayed long enough for [livejournal.com profile] adaese to bring my camera in this afternoon, at least.



Lear

Jun. 19th, 2016 09:13 am
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We went to see "King Lear" at the Bristol Theatre Royal / Old Vic yesterday. Great performances from Timothy West as Lear, Stephanie Cole as the Fool, and David Hargreaves as Gloucester, well supported by a young cast. This is a photograph of the set for the first scene:


The theatre is being refurbished, so the bar etc were backstage. There are some pictures at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154317977623408.1073741983.658173407&type=1&l=3f6578b3d0
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Into the water ...


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