The leaves on the trees are turning from green to golden Autumn colours. Misty mornings and evenings. The shops are already full of sweets (for Halloween?) and if I was to look I am sure I would find xmas cards.
Though I much prefer a walk along the riverbank.
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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.
However I can never resist a picture of a swan.
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Along the riverbank
An explosion of colour
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Recently I have gone back to listening to the radio. When I was a teenager it was always BBC Radio One. Now I tend to listen to the local BBC radio stations as I travel to and from work for the travel updates and local stories. One lunchtime I listened as the local radio presenter was on an outside broadcast at an event and tickled a pig!
I have become a fan of some National Talk Radio shows. A lot of radio stations have appeared on the internet and on free-view and satellite TV and when flick through the channels looking for something different to listen to I am reminded on those times as a teenager I would eagerly tune and retune the transistor radio looking for Radio Luxembourg through the hiss and crackle that was a.m. radio
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As I write this, the day is now overcast, it’s still warm, the ice-cream van has just tootled by playing the theme to Match of the Day, in years gone by you would often hear the roar of ‘Ripe Strawberries, Ripe Strawberries’ and the ringing of a hand-bell calling out the adults who wanted fresh strawberries. The temperature reads 26c degrees in the house, next doors cat is lying down in the shade in my garden and in the distance I hear the sound of wood pigeons, the odd car passing by and every now and then out of the corner of my eye, I see swallows or swifts fly by so fast I often cannot tell which is which
The big thunderstorms have not yet arrived here; but there is still time……..
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