Monday, 20 May 2019

Rhipsalis Hatiora

Miniature or dwarf Spring / Easter flowering cactus plant.

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Hawthorn Time

Plenty of white flowers in the hedgerows now the Hawthorn is in bloom.

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Blue Tit Nestbox News

Both parent birds are spending up to 14hrs a day finding food for their chicks.
Difficult to count them. It looks as though 7 of the 8 eggs hatched.
They are growing fast. Hope to put together some video very soon.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

What a Whopper

Yesterday I drove down to a mower centre on the coast to have a look at some ride on mowers. The route along the back country lanes takes me through the village of South Somercotes.  Passing through the village I always have a quick glance at the village church. Very noticeable, even from a distance, is the size of the spire. I've been promising myself for years to stop and take a closer look but it is positioned near a narrow, dangerous Z bend in the road. This time, on the way back home, I found a nearby lane where it was safe to park.



The following photos were taken with my Nikon Coolpix S9050.

The tower and spire probably date back to the early 15th Century

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The church is known as "The Queen of the Marsh".
Local legend suggests the spire was built so tall to act as a beacon for sailors.
The parish register dates back to 1558.

Once in through the North door

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the 15th Century font can be seen. It is carved with the instruments of the Passion.

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including two flails, two lances and four nails

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The interior of the church is roomy and light.

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The pulpit

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Moving on through the chancel screen

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one can see the altar table

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and a harmonium. (I used to have one like that many years ago)

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On a table there are two old bibles.
I had a close look at one of them

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It contains many full colour illustrations. This is the title page.

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Looking back towards the base of the tower

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The belfry hold three bells, two dated 1423 and the other was cast in the 14th Century.

Outside -looking at the tower and spire from the South side

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The South entrance porch

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The walls of the church are a mixture of limestone, sandstone and greensand with some repairs patched with brick. The nave and chancel are roofed with Welsh slates and the aisles with lead.

Finally, a fascinating niche in the base of the tower

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Information on the history of the church was gleaned from a small booklet produced by The Churches Conservation Trust.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

A Riveting Read

I've mentioned Obooko a couple of times as a site where one can download free e-books. You need to register with the site. You will receive one notification email from them but no unwanted mail after that.

In the non-fiction - biography section is Blood, Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds.

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The book is based on the entries made by Tom in a blog he writes.
He is an ambulance medic working in London and details some of his experiences on the job.
I found it very difficult to put down, a riveting read throughout.
It can be downloaded in pdf, epub or kindle versions.
It looks as though the original blog included some photographs but they don't show in the epub version I installed.

Synopsis from the Obooko site:

Back in 2003, an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) working for the London Ambulance Service began writing a blog. It turned into this book.
Hold tight and get ready for fast-paced, graphic accounts of the daily life of an EMT on the busy streets of London. It's funny and heartwarming yet tragic and profound in parts, reflecting the realities of providing emergency services in an inner-city environment.


Monday, 13 May 2019

Blue Tit Eggs Hatch

About 9.45 yesterday morning I saw Mrs Blue Tit eating egg shell.
The first one had hatched. By 7 p.m. it looked as though five of the eight eggs had hatched so far.

Some snippets of video from the nestbox camera:


Sunday, 12 May 2019

Blue Flutter

Once again I was in the right place at the right time. Just as I was about to take down the peanut feeder to replenish it along came a Holly Blue to settle down on a nearby Dandelion flower:

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Nestbox News

Just watched Mrs Blue Tit eating broken pieces of egg shell.
Yes. The first baby has just hatched out.
Getting lots of attention from both parents.

Hope to put together a bit of video later.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Thatched Cottage

Today we were back at the vets for Penny to have a check up after her dental work last week. Just one part of the gum still to heal fully otherwise OK.

When we drive back through the village of North Thoresby I always admire the thatched farmhouse which stands near the centre of the village. This photo is a still screen grab from the video made by my iPod acting as a car video.

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I remember how it looked in 1991 after the roof caught fire and wondered at that time whether it would still be standing for much longer. As we can see it did arise from the ashes.

The following information comes from the British Listed Buildings site.

This is a grade II listed building and was graded as the earliest surviving mud-and-stud building which retains many rare original features.  The tie beam is inscribed with the date 1683. Originally of mud-and-stud construction on a brick plinth it was encased in red brick some time in the 19th Century.

While I was searching for information I saw one estimate of its value was put at a little under £500,000.


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