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:
This weeks PhotoHunt 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:
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 it...so all I can show you is a little ranunculus blossom poking out of the water:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 PhotoHunt, hosted by TNchick.
I started my working life as a film maker. Then I began to feel useless and became a scientist instead. I love my new job but I can't give up cameras completely. Now I have accumulated so many photos that they're quite squashed in their digital box - so please click on them for instant liberation. If you want to know what cameras I use you have to click to see the complete profile.