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Still it continues to blow and pour!

Hello everyone!

As I say above, still the weather is crappy in my part of the world, so I have dug out some nice pictures of the garden on sunnier days to keep you all occupied. It’s been a good six weeks since we have had proper sustained period of dry weather, let alone some sunshine. Some happenings have been quite exciting like this story about a bus driver and his possible poor decision; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26008829.

I shan’t be unfair, there has been the odd dry day but certainly not enough to dry anything out, apart from portions of pavement or road! To be honest, I have forgotten what colour my car and bike are…I think I opted for a red car but can’t recall!

Anyway, onto the pictures as ever. We have a few clematis bushes in the garden and during the flowering season they always put on a good show. Not entirely sure if this will be stunted this year as they are all clinging to frames that are being battered by the wind and hail, but hopefully not….

The seeds head (the fluffy bits) are understandably referred to as "Old Mans Beard"

The seeds head (the fluffy bits) are understandably referred to as “Old Mans Beard”

Here we have another hoverfly on a shrub which has defied identification. It’s nice though and always comes out a lovely bushy pink colour so I shall now name it the pinky bushy bush (latin name, pinkus bushius maximus). There, I’m a scientist. Hooray! Remember, be friendly to hoverflys. When Summer does come, don’t be whacking them away thinking they’re wasps, they fight pests and ensure our gardens look good!

A hoverfly on my newly named shrub. Remember...big up the hoverfly!

A hoverfly on my newly named shrub. Remember…big up the hoverfly!

Now a vista of the suntrap corner around by the garage, with a very nicely placed bench for afternoon cups of tea. In fact, although it’s weird to think it now, the temperature gets pretty damn hot there on warm days and one of the plants (you might not be able to see it) is an olive tree! Mischief enjoys a good bask there on occasion….

Trees in leaf, blue skies and lovely small potted trees..it almost looks like a small part of the Algarve or something

Trees in leaf, blue skies and lovely small potted trees..it almost looks like a small part of the Algarve or something

Here’s another clematis, there are so many varieties I shan’t even try to look this up but out of the few we have in our garden, this is my favourite to photograph as the blooms are so large, up to the size of a saucer I’d say and the purple colour is very fetching.

A lovely deep purple clematis climbing on the garage

A lovely deep purple clematis climbing on the garage

Back to our old friend the honeysuckle. I think I mentioned it once in one of my hedgerow exploring trips but this one is tethered to the side of the garage near the purple clematis (well, it might not be now). Always good to spot butterflies when they are around on these blooms. It’s always nice to get a whiff of the flowers on a calm day too, one of those long-standing Summer memories.

Just along from the clematis, the long yellow trumpets of a climbing honeysuckle

Just along from the clematis, the long yellow trumpets of a climbing honeysuckle

Here he is again. The Mischief! he’s still not 100% after his tummy trouble of late but I honestly think (I’m no vet though) that the weather is really bringing him down like it is with everyone else. As you can see, he loves his time outside and if he is stuck in, he gets very cranky and tends to backchat and fidget a lot. Backchat I hear you ask…yes, we do talk to our cat. So what?!

Mischief hard at work measuring the length of one of our garden benches

Mischief hard at work measuring the length of one of our garden benches

As with all good things, the sunny weather comes to an end. I have a series of similar photos to this, but I chose to post this one as I recall the time I took it quite well. Spectacular it is not but I do remember that after the warmth and sun that we had been having, the even got very humid as this cloud rolled in. You know how people describe the air as close? This was one of those times, you could almost feel that the rain was just going to spontaneously appear in the air. Very weird but quite memorable.

In some stormchasing blogs I read, not sure if I'm right, but when a cloud like this moves in, I think it's called a "whales mouth"

In some stormchasing blogs I read, not sure if I’m right, but when a cloud like this moves in, I think it’s called a “whales mouth”

Well that’s your lot for this week. I have been having a look ahead as to what I’m posting next and there’s some goodies coming up, nice fair weather cirrus, sundogs, some lovely sunsets and a big dollop of asperatus as the weather properly broke over the house. As ever, I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoy taking them.

Until next time, appreciate you dropping by!

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Late Summer wandering

Hello you lot.

So it seem that Christmas is upon us once again. Before I go any further I will say though, that I shan’t presume that every person who reads this blog is actually Christian. I was just looking at my statistics and amazingly, my blog has been read around the world. Staggeringly, I have a reader (singular) in places as far-flung as Uganda and Vietnam. Whatever religion you are and wherever you are, thanks!

Moving on to the images, I am slowly catching up to the time of year I am actually posting in. Now the clocks have gone back here I’m not out as often, so the pictures you see are from my archive still but now we are looking at late Summer. I recently went riding in the dusk on my bike and nearly became a car door handle so I’m limiting that to day time! In fact these first two images are staggered to show the colour of the local fields changing over a few days. This Summer was a pretty good one to be honest so the fields almost changed by the day from this….

A young field of crops, unmolested by the currents wind and rain we have

A young field of crops, unmolested by the currents wind and rain we have

….to this, a more golden and mature crop. Now if I could only tell what it was. I am very lucky to live in an area close to a National Park where, although we have the refinery area not so far away and an hours drive you pass the oh-so-love Port Talbot, the level of agriculture is quite high, be it diary or crops. In other words, there are always fields to admire of cows to talk to (more in the next few posts…moooo).

A mixture a maturing and young plants in the fields close to my home

A mixture a maturing and young plants in the fields close to my home

Moving on from my insane bovine rambling, I present to you more hedgerow heroes that sprout into our lanes and make it harder to squeeze down roads during Summer. Honeysuckle. Like a number of plants you may just pas by, you might want to stop and look next time you see one. The fruits of some of the 128 species are grown commercially as flavourings although some are mildly poisonous…wouldn’t want to mix them up. In the Himalaya region, there is a honeysuckle that is grown for the specific reason of using the stem as a binding to carry bags up Everest and the surrounding range. Bet you didn’t know that.

A good mix of colour from a Honeysuckle bush in the lanes

A good mix of colour from a Honeysuckle bush in the lanes

Just along from the Honeysuckle, I found this little slug that appeared to have got out of his depth and was struggling over a spider’s web full of water drops. Made me smile to wonder what he/she/it thought was going on to be honest…silly I know but don’t tell me you don’t wonder what goes through animals minds? Maybe not slugs though, that was just me.

I can only liken this to a person crawling blindfolded on a trampoline covered in water balloons...poor thing

I can only liken this to a person crawling blindfolded on a trampoline covered in water balloons…poor thing

And so, wanderings over one of my fave type sunsets and dusks with a lovely bit of cirrus. Those cloudy people amongst you will probably be able to spot it was very still this day as the images show an awful lot of haze/pollution/smoke at the low levels….

Nice cirrus swoosh up above...not so nice haze down below

Nice cirrus swoosh up above…not so nice haze down below

….hence we are able to see the disc of the sun in this last image, as opposed to being instantly blinded!

I particularly like how the sun is showing the crops in the field in front of me here. I didn't notice it at the time

I particularly like how the sun is showing the crops in the field in front of me here. I didn’t notice it at the time

There’s plenty more of these types of photos but I shall break it all up next post as I notice my archives that I took the bike to Neyland nature reserve and the Cleddau estuary near me where the weather was, amazingly still pretty damn good weeks later.

Should this post not be this side of Christmas or the festive period however you celebrate (or not) I hope you all have a good one! Hopefully, I shall post again before the year is out and will still appeal to far off nations!

Thanks for visiting….see you soon

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