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Wasp Spider

Unmistakable! The Wasp Spider, Argiope bruennichi. Originally from Southern Europe but now spreading north as the climate changes. This is a female in long grass on the water meadows below the wood in late August. 194 more words


SOTD: WYO // Down By The River

The video to WYO’s ‘Down By The River’ is enough to make you clutch at your heart but add that to the incredible rise of bellowing, soulful melodies and vocals that hit like an arrow into your chest, this track will leave you ruined. 21 more words



Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) is growing in huge clumps down by the River Avon, holding its own against the himalayan balsam and nettles.

Tansy has a long history of medicinal and herbal uses, some of them contradictory such as the belief that it both induced abortions and prevented miscarriages. 32 more words


Two Pairs of Damsels by the River


The water meadows below our wood on the banks of the Avon are a haven for dragon and damsel flies. On a late July walk we found these four and probably missed many more. 88 more words


DBTR S2:E4 – We're Not Dead Yet...

Episode #4
Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio
Guests: none


Guess who’s back, back again — it’s true, it’s damn true! With our protest of silence in support of the #firefarrell movement an official failure, Paul and Tim take to the airwaves to place even more blame at John Farrell’s feet (while we drop a healthy bit of it next to David Price along the way). 94 more words

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The Essentials: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

(As noted in my first Essentials entry, this is an occasional series in which I spotlight albums that, in my estimation, everyone should experience at least once.) 534 more words

Neil Young

Down by the river: Greenwich; July 2017

A brief Thursday morning walk along the Thames from Greenwich heading east, dressed over-optimistically in shorts and t-shirt. Before the rain set in properly I managed to get a few shots looking along the river towards the Dome, and the thought occurred that these views may not last too much longer, if development on the west side of Greenwich peninsula picks up pace as it has on the eastern side. 12 more words

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