Category Archives: Routine

Summer along the Riverbank

Summer has arrived, well a few hot days all in a row. Time I thought for a quick walk along the river.

 

Cross a bridge or two

Views from the new bridge

The new…….

And the old.

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Along the Riverbank

It’s been awhile since I have seen these little fellows.

I had forgotten how quickly they could move.

But through all the comings and goings the Canada Goose just sat quietly and watched the world go by.

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Research

Research can take many forms.  For many it may mean just surfing the web, for others a trip to the library or the local archives office.

Lately I have been in ‘research mode’ gathering information for a few different projects I am currently working on.  However it has thrown up a few surprises that I have filed away for another day.

Looking at original documents that are over 100 years old is fascinating, be they a title deed or a letter from a soldier to his parents during the first world war.

Many years ago when I was a teenager I took up birdwatching seriously. However  there were not many bird identification books available in my price range.  So if I saw some birds locally that I had not identified before, I would often take a detour to the local museum (it was further along the riverbank) check out the natural history display cases and then return to birdwatching, confident I had correctly identified the birds seen.

Now of course it is so much easier.  On a break from my research, I stopped off at one of my regular birdwatching haunts  (mainly to try out my new telescope) Once in the nearest hide I looked out onto the lake hoping to see if there were some birds I hadn’t  seen before.  I was in luck. A male and a female smew in amongst the tufted ducks and  wigeon.  Alas I did not get a photo, but true to the ‘old ways’ I made a note of the behaviour and characteristics of the birds as well as the colour and size etc. Once back home (after a quick stop off at the local supermarket) I confirmed my sightings.

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However I can never resist a picture of a swan.

 

Autumn Leaves

Along the riverbank

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An explosion of colour

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and textures

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A walk by the river

On my latest walk along the riverbank I spied this little chap enjoying the sunshine on his lonesome.

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This little chap decided to pop over to see what I was doing.

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And these three just swam on by.

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Beating the Traffic Jam

One morning I was getting in my car to drive to work when I spotted this

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in the sky above me.  I thought it was a lovely way to beat the traffic jams that always happen when the schools go back after half term etc.  A normal 20 minute journey can take twice that!

However being stuck in a traffic jam can have some good points, you get to hear the end of the stories on local radio… you hear about others in worse traffic jams than yours as you edge forward.