Aug 30, 2009

power connection?

I walked past this plug in the ground the other day:

Happy birthday to Monochrome Mondays!

Broadway Tower

If you like Follies, then Broadway Tower is one not to miss. And, hey, its 312 m above sea level...and the second highest point in the Cotswolds:

More scenic sights at Scenic Sunday.

almost over?

These two photos are only a month and a bit apart and mark the sad progression of summer towards autumn. Time seems to fly, especially with my fieldwork going on and on.

Hope September will not be cold and rainy.

For more summer visit Summer Stock Sunday over at Robin's.

Aug 29, 2009

surprising dirty dishes

Most of the times I'm rather depressed by dirty mugs - so, when I saw this I couldn't help documenting it, even though it's aesthetic value might be of doubt:

I was surprised to find this ghostly imprint of the cutlery that's hidden in the murky depth of the coffee mug :)

More surprises at the over at TNchick's.

Aug 27, 2009


The sky as seen in the river a little while ago:

Happy Skywatch Friday!

Aug 25, 2009

Moving on

This little plant is traveling downstream just under the water surface until it gets caught on something and grows roots there:

Happy Watery Wednesday to all of you!

Aug 23, 2009

Another rose

The college garden is still full of them:

Look at flowers from all corners of the world at Today's Flowers, hosted by Luiz, Denise, Laerte and Valkyrien.

old roof

I like this old roof construction - it's the Market Hall in Chipping Campden, built in 1627:

More monochromes at Aileni's Monochrome Monday.

Vale of Evesham

Looking towards the Vale of Evesham in mid-August:

Visit Scenic Sunday for more Scenes :)

making hay

Making hay used to be one of the big summer favourites when I was a kid. I just loved the smell, and the action, and then sitting on the trailer in the hay all happy (albeit sweaty and itchy) when all was done. Nowadays I have an allergy, but I still love to look at it from the distance:

Visit Robin's Summer Stock Sunday and have a look at all the beautiful summer scenery there.

Aug 22, 2009

hazardous ripples

This weeks theme is 'ripples'. The ripples I see most often - apart from watery ones - are those of my neighbours very old asbestos roofing. I'm not looking forward to the day when they have to be disturbed:

Aug 20, 2009

archive sky

I'm posting from the here's a pink old sky over a nice river. Nothing special but hopefully pleasant enough:

Find some more exciting skies at Skywatch Friday!

Aug 18, 2009

new river

I have moved my work to a lovely, clean river near Newbury. My current experiment is keeping me busy and so I have no time for anything (sadly including visiting all your blogs). Working amongst the trouts, graylings and ranunculae (or is it Ranunculaceae ?), though, is a real treat. Yesterday we even saw a swimming snake! I didn't manage to snap all I can show you is a little ranunculus blossom poking out of the water:

Back to Watery Wednesday hosted by 2SweetnSaxy.

Aug 16, 2009

By the roadside

This cute little flower was blossoming next to a road. The name is on the tip of my tongue...I bet I'll remember later this afternoon when I'm nowhere near the computer.

Get a good dose of flowery goodness at Today's Flowers, hosted by Luiz, Denise, Laerte and Valkyrien.


Happy Sunday and happy Monday - and altogether a happy new week to all of you!
Back to Aileni's Monochrome Monday for more b&w.

scenic cotswolds

An archetypal view of rural Sunday bliss:

For more scenic landscapes head over to Scenic Sunday .

summer disasters

Here is one that every dedicated icecream afficionado dreads: the slipped scoop. I'm glad to say that this one wasn't mine. I found it melting and lonely on a parking lot, and I still feel for the poor person who lost it. I hope they got a replacement.

Head over to Robin's Summer Stock Sunday for happier summer scenes.

Aug 15, 2009

artificial breeding

An artificially bred butterfly starts its well-observed life in a butterfly house:

More artificial stuff can be found at the , hosted by TNchick.

Aug 13, 2009

Gull and Bucket

There was nothing exciting going on in the Oxfordshire sky last week. For all I know there wasn't even a good moment to watch the Perseids due to blanket cloud cover at night. So - it's back to the archives: a series of a gull being scenic on a bucket in the sky.

Looking forward to perhaps some Perseids photos at Skywatch Friday!

Aug 11, 2009


Have a look at last week's Mother of All Downpours - it hit me as I was alerting my neighbour to the fact that her key was still stuck in the lock from when she opened her door. We chatted for 1 minute and I got drenched to the bone.

Back to Watery Wednesday hosted by 2SweetnSaxy.

Aug 9, 2009

late blossom

I spotted this blossom next to a ripening apple. What might have prompted the tree to produce a late flower? The hover fly is clearly pleased, though.

Happy birthday to Today's Flowers, hosted by Luiz, Denise, Laerte and Valkyrien !

untidy :)

A rather untidy old willow which I walked past last weekend:

Visit Aileni's Monochrome Monday for more b&w.

Aug 8, 2009

British Summer, part II

When it's NOT raining (and I'm not complaining for once: we had two gorgeous days...) the best thing about summer are the long walks at weekends.
Sometimes, though, British right of way - and how it's signposted - can get rather confusing:

If a signpost isn't clear the way to go is probably straight ahead - that's apparently what these women thought, who had missed the REAL path alongside the field and so had opted to walk right through it:

For more summer scenes head over to Robin's Summer Stock Sunday and Scenic Sunday .

portrait from a low angle

I liked this little yellow chap rather a lot, so rolling around on the wet grass to get it from a low angle was a matter of course. I don't think the frog appreciated having its portrait taken -

For all things low go visit this Saturday's , hosted by TNchick.

Aug 6, 2009

big sky

We had some summery moments last week - like this one on Sunday:

Happy Skywatch Friday!

Aug 4, 2009

happy fish in happy water

A brown trout hanging out in the amazingly clear water of the River Coln by Bibury.

It hurt to see, though, that despite the beauty of the water some plastic garbage had found it's way into the river - who knows how. I didn't take a photo of it -

Happy Watery Wednesday to you all! Back to 2SweetnSaxy, or if you want to think a bit more about plastic and water visit a site about the big plastic vortex in the Pacific.

Aug 2, 2009

cloudy drama

Some dramatic weather developing on the way back from France last week.

Happy Sunday and Monochrome Monday to everyone :)


I like flowering agaves - these ones are strictly speaking beyond the blossoming stage but I still love their graceful shape:

Visit Today's Flowers hosted by Luiz, Denise, Laerte and Valkyrien for more blossoms and Scenic Sunday for gorgeous scenery.

British summer

The barbecue summer, (now infamously) forecast by the UK Met Office in April, has sadly not materialised . The woman below, though, is making the best of some 5 precious minutes of real sunshine:

The daily chase for a few minutes of sunshine has been the one thing I remember best about summer in Britain in recent years...

I think Robin's Summer Stock Sunday will have a lot of summer stock from sunnier climes.

Aug 1, 2009


A woman entertaining her fluffy dog whilst keeping herself entertained by eating an apple. I was entertained by both the little fluffpot and the womans patience - they kept going and going and going...

For a bit of good solid Saturday entertainment visit the , hosted by TNchick.