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Merry Christmas and Happy 2017

Hello All

I seem to remember that a year or so ago I got a blooming boring email from WordPress telling me my year in review, which I duly passed on. It was so boring I don’t think anyone looked at it other than to hold their hand to their aghast mouth as they spontaneously fell asleep.

Not this year. To see you through the Christmas period, an image of Mischief the cat anxiously eyeing the pressies is required I feel, so here he is….

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Please note the precariously placed antique glass bauble above his furry head. If he wasn’t quite so chubby and old, he’d probably have broken it by now. Or maybe he is well-trained.

Anyway, this is just a quick message to pass on greetings of the season, please don’t over indulge and let me know if you get any cool presents! Normal service will resume in the New Year with images from Germany as mentioned before, I just couldn’t pass the end of my working week without saying Happy Christmas.

All the best,

Luke

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Into 2016…and it’s still raining!

Well, it is here anyway!

It’s not even the end of January and we have got to “J” in the alphabet. Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, some bods in the Met Office a little while ago thought it’d be a good idea to name all the storms that hit our country through the year…this apparently makes us more aware of the weather and the populous more likely to protect themselves when it arrives. Or keeps us in fear of something else, whichever you believe. So, when the wind was blowing the rain horizontally last winter, we were wandering in vests and shorts with gay abandon, it seems. Good Lord.

Anyway, the wind and rain we have now is called Jonas and is the tail end of the snow that deluged the eastern seaboard of the United states not so long ago, resulting in scenes like this. Alas, no snow here (so I still had to go to work, more’s the pity) but lots of wet and windy weather as the warm Atlantic melted it all before it got here. Maybe next year. Not entirely sure where Jonas was chosen from….the character in the Book of Mormon, the town in the Netherlands? Maybe the Jonas Brothers? Let’s hope not, as they are truly awful. Talking of awful music, when I was listening to the radio in bed for a while last night, I encountered possibly the worst cover version of “Heart – How Do I Get you Alone” that I have ever heard. I found, consequently, that it was one of these blooming reality show stars who murdered it. Honestly, it was so bad, I wished that I had suffered from a bout of tinnitus for the short period it was on for (I only heard the end). Should you hear this song, find it and kill it with fire.

Anyway, I am no music star, so best post some pictures huh? This lot are from a walk about when it was less wet around Blackpool Mill, Llys-y-Fran and the surrounds. Hopefully, some of you may recognise the places from earlier posts…

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The exposed roots of the trees along the banks of Blackpool Mill

Another random train of thought, looking at this root system again. I’m a fan of The Walking Dead and this picture is almost skeletal in appearance. In a way, like the ribcage of the tree, but under the earth, exposed by many feet passing over it. Pretty cool though.

Further on along the path, there is the (abandoned) Blackpool Mill. Still owned an maintained by the welsh version of the National Trust, Cadw, it used to be a nice quiet cafe and museum. You possibly don’t recall the last time I posted a picture here, but notice the lower roof on the left is brand new. Last time I saw it, it had a hulking great hole in it. Nice to see it is being fixed, even if it stands derelict….

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A newly fixed Blackpool Mill

If it interests you, the bridge I stood on to take this picture is is Grade II listed and is single-span bridge, built about 1825 for the de Rutzens family, previous owners of the estate.

Sadly, fixing is not what is happening with the actual workings of the mill which stand all silted up and slowly rotting into the mud. The smaller wooden bridges are fixed to allow pedestrians to pass over, but other than that, the channel and waterway are pretty much just abandoned..

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Anyone got a dredger?

On to happier and more used structures now, Llys-y-Fran County Park owned by Welsh Water, where I took this image of the dam on a bright sunny day. I’m no fisherman, but I can attest to the good walking around the edge of the reservoir…about 7 miles in all. Be careful to choose a dry day though, it can be very damp!

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Perfect conditions for a nice image of the dam in flood…..

Now, a couple of pretty pictures of a sunset for you. I have loads of these, I must admit, so I will continue to shoehorn them in. I was recently painting my girlfriends bathroom and the fact she must choose a picture for a wall somewhere in her flat to brighten the place up was mentioned. Quite how I’d choose, I have no idea! I’m having sunset withdrawals at the moment though; I can only recall 1 or 2 sunsets I even thought of picking my camera up for of late…in fact, to count good sunny days would possibly use less than ten fingers of late. However, things are looking up I’m sure and I plan to stash the camera in the back of the car, having recently missed a nice show of Asperitas at Saundersfoot beach…

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A molten orange sunset over Llangwm

This picture was just a little later on and in the landscape format to capture a bit more contrast. Apologies for the curvature of the foreground, that’s just an effect of the optics…I only have a small kit lens.

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Once the orange goes, then emerges the pink. Lovely.

However, a small kit lens sometimes come in handy when needing to take still life pictures of, say, a cat. Indeed, the most handsomest kitty in Pembrokeshire, Mischief, is once again showing his modelling skills. This is the “all I survey” look he perfects during the Summer. Mainly because he is downright nosey and looking at all that is going on in other gardens around him!

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Mischief, posing as ever. In real life, he is far less intelligent than this image suggests!!

You’ll excuse the age spots and such, I’m sure. he is getting on after all! Bless his furry paws. Still going strong though and I’m sure he will feature further as the days get longer and he insists on following me of out the gate!

Well, try to stay dry through Jonas. If you do, I hope to see you again soon. If you don’t, I expect you to use another computer to come and visit me! Thanks for dropping by.

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The breaking of the 2013 Summer drought (Part 1)

Hello everyone,

I hope that everyone is well. It’s all hectic here as ever with issues with my car (don’t ask) and such going on, so apologies if this post is a little later than you expected but there is a need to be here, there and everywhere at the moment!

Our weather is warming up as we speak; although it was raining steadily (but lightly) this morning, there is an increase in the brightness by the minute so I’m hopeful for another colourful sunset this evening or tomorrow. With the warming weather comes the jobs to be doing outside as well…the lawnmower sits eagerly awaiting the first lawn cut of the season as we speak!

There have been some heavy showers flying around of late and there were a few anvil clouds silhouetted last night that I managed to snap. Unfortunately they were way, way, away over the West towards Ireland so it’s not the best picture. Maybe Summer will bring some dramatic skies again?

Speaking of dramatic skies brings me nicely onto this post. I realised as I was going through all the images I wanted to post that there were way too many to put up in one tranche….if I did I could almost imagine heads hitting keyboards! So, I have popped a few of the images together and chosen a natural break in the day that I took them to stop before posting the colourful conclusion….intriguing. Probably not, but I hope you like it it all the same.

As an aside, this is one of those posts that all the images were taken in one day, just so you can get an idea of quite how massive the changes were in the cloud deck. Anyway, the day started with a run out to Fishguard where, on the return journey, there is one of my usual haunts near Wolfscastle that I pop into for a quick watery portrait…..

A view along the river near Wolfscastle, no Otters or Kingfishers today

A view along the river near Wolfscastle, no Otters or Kingfishers today

As you can see, although there isn’t a lack of water in the river due to the drought (this is direct from the Preseli Hills which are never all that dry for long as they are mainly boggy) but having been there a few times the drop in level was quite noticeable. Here there has been talk of the sighting of a family of otters; I bumped into a fisherman a while back who told me that once that he was growled at by one! I guess that was a warning to stay away from the fish!

This was the only wildlife that stayed still long enough for me to get a picture of..

This was the only wildlife that stayed still long enough for me to get a picture of..

 

Nothing doing on this occasion and I’m probably far too noisy as I walk although if you are lucky, you might scare a kingfisher away and see a flash of blue as they shoot up onto the bank to hide. As I travelled home, the sky became more overcast (those who visit often know that I spend quite a lot of time looking up) and the air grew heavier, so it appeared that the weather forecast for rain was right. However, the cloud was looking pretty evil by later afternoon…..

Nice tail of cloud off to the right there...closest I get to dramatic storms

Nice tail of cloud off to the right there…closest I get to dramatic storms

I took a quick snap of a nicely formed tailing cloud from a storm and thought that was that. I was wrong. This turned out to be an attack of Asperatus, one of the best looking sets of Asperatus I have seen. To find out more about this gorgeous type of cloud, I recommend using this link if you like pictures (http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/cloud-tags/asperatus/#p=1&t=cloud118&i=0) or this one (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undulatus_asperatus) if you wish to read about the decisions that need to be made to classify the cloud as a new type and how they come to be formed.

Look at that...you don't see a shape like that every day do you?!

Look at that…you don’t see a shape like that every day do you?!

I have seen these quite a few time since living in Pembrokeshire and they always seem to either precede or follow a long period of dry weather which is going to be “broken” by rain. Or at least that’s my experience. However, in my eyes the most important bit is the fact they look pretty awesome.

After the most dramatic shapes, things started to settle down

After the most dramatic shapes, things started to settle down

As I said, I took looooooads of pictures. I think I counted about 50 or 60 when i was going through the archive folder (all different shapes and shades so I had to choose a few good examples and hope these are OK).

A nice bit of orange from a previously blocked out sun creeping in here

A nice bit of orange from a previously blocked out sun creeping in here

By the time I had taken these last images, I thought that the clouds had passed us by and things would settle down to be a bit boring, flat and grey. Mischief was nearby, so he caught my attention instead…..

Although it looks as though he is eating the fence, I think it was a piece of grass that looked...a bit threatening

Although it looks as though he is eating the fence, I think it was a piece of grass that looked…a bit threatening

It’s hardly a flattering picture and I’m sure he wouldn’t thank me for posting images of his chunky little tummy for you all to see but he can’t argue!

Wandering back indoors, I considered that the photogenic nature of these clouds had dried up but it appeared that I was wrong, I was out down the road taking pictures until dark! Part 2 will come along shortly….those who like a bit more colour will enjoy it I’m sure.

In the meantime, thanks for bearing with me and hope you’ll pop back in a week or so for the finishing images. Tatty bye for now!

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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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Some sunny stuff to cheer us up!

Hello All,

I hope that everyone is well. Seems the rain is still continuing here in the UK; as I know that there are some people who visit from abroad, I shan’t presume that you know this. If you are and your country is quite dry, please feel free to have some of our rain, we have too much!! The thing is, though we expect it this time of year, this isn’t “normal” rain as such, this is driving horizontal stuff in great bucket-loads that soaks you in a split second. Well, let’s hope we have a decent Spring and Summer…although I doubt it.

Well, I hope that the pictures, simple as they are, cheer people up. I have quite a few coming from the garden when everything was a lot greener so I hope you look forward to those too. First, the Mischief was caught doing some “gardening”…..

If anyone is worried whether the pigeon was killed, don't worry, he's nowhere near that fast

If anyone is worried whether the pigeon was killed, don’t worry, he’s nowhere near that fast

Poor little beggar is really not getting on with this wet weather. Dad even thinks he is depressed in a feline way as he is off his food, refuses to go out unless it’s for important tasks and such. Can’t blame him, we get fed up getting wet and blown sideways and he can’t wear a waterproof and weighs much less!

Next up is a nice cloudscape from the back garden during Summer. Not just clouds though, look a little closer in the middle left……

Like I keep saying, it does you good to look up once in a while on days like this

Like I keep saying, it does you good to look up once in a while on days like this

On my travels on the new bike, although I have a feeling this far back, this was the old bike, I had a good few pictures of the local fields as they became nice and colourful too. In this image, some colour, some cirrus and, in the middle, the Moon….

Some ripening crops on the edge of a village called Rosebush. No, I haven't got pictures of any roses

Some ripening crops on the edge of a village called Rosebush. No, I haven’t got pictures of any roses

Those of you who worry about my safety will be pleased to hear that I have got a new, fancier bike and am currently zipping all over on it. Got some proper muscle building going on I reckon. I took a ride to Haverfordwest on the cycle path the last weekend to buy a helmet and a lock…nearly didn’t get there on a fast bit but it’s all good. Would have been ironic to crash on the way to buying safety gear really. Done a few long rides (20 miles or so) around the local area when it’s been decent conditions so maybe this Summer, I will discover more lovely landscapes.

Moving onto some good stock stuff now, a good load of high coloured cloud with the grassy bank acting as a foreground in the field not so far from the end of the garden…..

Ooooooh, very arty. I think I could frame this one once I sharpen it

Ooooooh, very arty. I think I could frame this one once I sharpen it

And lastly, yup, more colourful clouds. Judging by the fact that these have no border or foreground, I suspect it was as I rode or walked back after the previous picture and glanced up! Sorry about that….

Real colours as ever, hence the darkening in the corners as the lens struggles to cope with the light...nice, even though that happened

Real colours as ever, hence the darkening in the corners as the lens struggles to cope with the light…nice, even though that happened

Apologies for the lack of in depth subject matter this week, I promise to have some things with a little more interest attached to them next time. Looks like the rain is stopping here now, I might be able to get out on the bike again. Sweeeeeeet.

Well, until next time and with all hopes that I’m not run over on the road (even though I wear a bright orange jacket, this has nearly happened more than once) have a good week. Here’s hoping for dry weather!

Take care and thanks for dropping in!

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