Monthly Archives: July 2010

Thistle

Thistle
Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles hurt.

Coot

Coot
Coots are medium-sized water birds which are members of the rail family Rallidae. They constitute the genus Fulica. Coots have predominantly black plumage, and, unlike many of the rails, they are usually easy to see, often swimming in open water. They are close relatives of the moorhen.

Red and Green

Red and Green
Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Malta, parts of Canada), or ladybugs (North America). Scientists increasingly prefer the names ladybird beetles or lady beetles, as these insects are neither birds nor bugs. Lesser-used names include ladyclock, lady cow, and lady fly.

At the Races

At the Races
Grand Zafeen winning me £25. The only success of the evening.

Mendip View

Mendip View
Me. Taken by the Missus. Burcott, Near Wells, Somerset. Handsome devil.

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
The Saxons, who had been converted to Christianity, conquered the ancient county of Somerset in the 7th Century. Their King was Ine of Wessex, who was widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of the Abbey. He was a local man who boosted the status and income of the Abbey, and it is said that he put up a stone church, the base of which forms the west end of the nave. Weird old place, Glastonbury.

Cat (Not Mine)

Cat (Not Mine)
Next-door-but-one’s Cat. It seems to like me, but then, who doesn’t? I am very likeable as it goes.

Juvenile Common Field Grasshopper

Juvenile Common Field Grasshopper
Both the front and back lawns are hopping with these little buggers. Cute in the extreme!

TJ’s Snack Bar

TJ's Snack Bar
I am unable to confirm the standard of the food at TJ’s Snack bar, but I am fairly sure that it hasn’t won any Michelin Stars.