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.

Mini Jumper

Mini Jumper
The zebra spider (Salticus scenicus) is a common household jumping spider. Like other jumping spiders, it does not build a web. It uses its four pairs of large eyes to locate prey and its jumping ability to pounce and capture it. Zebra spiders are often noted for their ‘curiosity’ when observed by humans; many seem aware of their audience and seem to respond to observation by raising their heads and studying the observer.

Sunny

Sunny
A tough photo to describe. Sun. Trees. Pretty.

Common Field Grasshopper

Common Field Grasshopper
This grasshopper is a strong flier, and is active in warm weather; on warm days it can frequently be seen sunning itself on walls, bare ground and paths. The song consists of chirps lasting half a second long.

Folkestone Harbour Railway

Folkestone Harbour Railway
Folkestone Harbour station is a railway station built to serve the port of Folkestone in Kent, and is one of three stations in the town. It is at the end of the short 1-in-30 Folkestone Harbour Branch Line, joining the South Eastern Main Line at Folkestone Junction. The branch and harbour station provided a rail connection for boat trains from London which connected with the ferry services to Calais and Boulogne.

The branch and station closed to regular passenger train services in 2001 although the line and station continued to be used by the Venice-Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) and railtours. As of March 2009 Network Rail intend to close the branch, and an association has formed to preserve it as a heritage line.

More Wolf Spider

More Wolf Spider
Pardosa amentata. These wolf spiders can be found amongst leaf litter at woodland edges, especially on sunny days. Like other wolf spiders they catch their prey by hunting rather than building a web.

The female carries her eggs in a round sack beneath her body. When the baby spiders hatch from their eggs the female carries the baby spiders on her back until they are big enough to fend for themselves.