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Another Bank Holiday befalls us Brits, so what better way to use up some of the 'Yay-I'm-not-at-work!' time than to have a quick wander around the countryside?
At first glance, it may seem like this is a re-post/copy of this Bank Holiday post from 2017, but I can assure you that all these photos are new, and came from this morning's walk along Smallhopes Hill to Northrepps and home again. (I'd intended to take new photos of 2017's BH subject matter, but either couldn't find all the plants, or forgot/couldn't be bothered/replaced them with deer...)
|Primroses on Smallhopes Hill|
|Doe! A deer!|
|Big Pink Tree! (Cherry, not Magnolia)|
|The almost finished paysho from 16th April|
|The end of today's efforts having relaid the slabs|
|and cemented the pond-edge|
You'd better turn your lights off to best view the photos in this post (except for the final two)...
Yes, it's back to snaps of the stars courtesy of my
paparazzi telephoto lens "Starry Night" setting on Camera. I can tell that you're all just thrilled! After all, we haven't had one of these since mid-February's Blogorati Stars post. And this post features brand new photos taken from Hexenhäusli Device's backgarden on 7th April! How we spoil you.
Actually, I don't really know what I'm doing with these photos. I started off with an attempt to get the constellation of Camelopardalis looking more like a giraffe (for that it what it's supposed to be) rather than a clothes horse (which is what it looks like in my Universe book - and pretty much everywhere else). I think I was relatively successful? Then I had a go at Cassiopeia and Perseus, but gave up with Auriga as I couldn't stop giving him (although I think he looks like a her in the book) a fat bottom.
... here's how mine is coming along:
Above, the oft neglected front of Hexenhäusli Device looking quite colourful, for a change. I put the daff bulbs in back in the autumn, and the skimmias that went in last spring are just starting to flower. On the left is the most recent addition - a flowering cherry, which I planted last month (out of shot to the right is a hawthorn, yet to burst into leaf/flower).
And below, preparations for a circular paysho and adjoining pond are not hindered by the snow (I mean, it's April, for Christ's sake! We're not supposed to get snow in April!).
I note from the comments in the previous post that a few of you have been watching Gardener's World, which reminded me: We need to organise who's going to host the
2021 I N F O M A N I A C Garden Photos Event!
Right. Let the squabbling commence!
Right. That's the first quarter of the year done. To aid in the preparation of the end-of-year review/Coven Awards, I thought I'd continue on from January's book post and Happy with a round up of what I've read, watched and listened to so far in 2021.
∘ Lords and Ladies, by Terry Pratchett - A Discworld novel starring the Ramtops witches (Granny Weatherwax, Gytha Ogg, and Magrat Garlick - who is now a queen rather than a witch), in which they thwart an invasion of Elves.
∘ The Sea and Little Fishes, by Terry Pratchett - A short story I read online also featuring the Ramtops witches.
∘ Star Trek: The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible, by Keith R A DeCandido - Another Lost Era story, this one concerning the Betreka Nebula Incident - a dispute between the Klingons and Cardassians, mediated by Federation Ambassador Curzon Dax, spanning the years 2328 to 2346.
∘ Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock, by Christopher L Bennett - A fascinating tale set mainly in The Next Generation era (2360s-80s) that weaves together various of the televised Star Trek universe's instances of time-travel, along with several original temporal trips. As always, Christopher L Bennett serves up a precise and characterful story that's difficult to put down.
∘ The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells - The first novella of The Murderbot Diaries series which I only read because of this wonderful animatic set to Tegan & Sara's "I'm Not Your Hero" that I discovered at Tor.com (and last featured here). I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next in the series.
∘ The Galaxy and the Ground Within (Wayfarers 4), by Becky Chambers - Another delightful story from the Wayfarer's series (and possibly the last). This one is about how five very different aliens form a friendship during a disaster, and is just a lovely, warm, character-driven piece with one or two stomach-lurching emotional moments near the end. Just wonderful!
Now that the Calamities are over with (for now, anyway), and the post I was going to publish has yet to be finished, I thought I'd fall back on that old staple of
millions thousands nearly dozens of photos of pretty much the same thing over and over and over again (because I know you love like almost tolerate them). Yes, it's sunrise time!
And to accompany your
incessant scrolling through this post, how about a little music. This is "Rescue" by Röyksopp which, to my mind anyway, goes rather nicely with a long, drawn-out sunrise over the sea. And it's only just over 10 minutes long - you might even get to the end of this post before it finishes!
The photo above and the first nine below are from yesterday morning: