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Cardiff Castle, created by the Marquess of Bute, and a marquee (right)

It’s time to look at some more words. This particular ramble through the English dictionary starts with the fact that when I am sub-editing our Cardiff newspaper, reporters are always wrongly spelling the Marquess of Bute as the Marquis of Bute.

The 3rd Marquess of Bute was responsible, with architect William Burges, for (more…)

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The winter tree is no more…

I feel responsible. I AM responsible! In May I was intrigued by a tree in Cardiff’s Llandaff Fields that wasn’t in leaf yet, while all others were. I called it the winter tree
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The hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) on July 10…

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I thought by now that following a hornbeam in Llandaff Fields in Cardiff would be boring, especially as I wouldn’t expect much change in high summer. It’s my least favourite season, when the sheer weight of greenness everywhere grows tired – and tiring.

I usually visit between 8am and 9am every month, but to vary it a bit, I had planned to go at a different time of day, maybe on my way home one evening.

It never happened, as I have been so busy at work, so (more…)

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Never can say goodbye…

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An interpretation of Goodbye by vuzel (Marianna Stelmach) on DeviantArt

I have realised lately that I have a big problem. Many work colleagues have been leaving the company at once and I find it impossible to watch their office leaving presentations and listen to the speeches without crying. And it’s nothing personal, but I NEVER go to after-work leaving “dos”. I’m not particularly sad, it’s just that tears are a reflex I can’t stop.

I am hoping (more…)

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Great roof garden!

Just a couple of recent city wildlife observations that I have to put somewhere! The other day I noticed this unusual wild “roof garden” among some chimney pots… (more…)

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Favourite shot so far with my new Sony HX50 camera – a scarlet lily beetle, Lilioceris lilii

All I want is a decent point-and-shoot compact camera that is good at taking pictures of birds from a great distance and flowers and insects in close-up. Plus general views, obviously.

I have great affection for my old Olympus Camedia C-765 Ultra Zoom, which has been with me since August 2004, a good five years before I started this blog. I had long been wondering what (more…)

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A sprig of hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)…

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On my June visit to the old hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) in Llandaff Fields I hoped to see the developing fruits, but I knew they would be high up in the branches, so in advance I picked one from the much smaller roadside hornbeam I pass on the way to work.

Then I chose the one dry day of the week (again – it has rained a lot lately) to visit the fields (more…)

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The mystery tree on June 3…

Oh dear, I knew this story would end in tears… You will recall the “winter tree” I featured in my last blog post? The one that had no leaves in early May when all around was green? Well I went back this week, a month later, in the hope its leaves would now give me an identification.

As I got nearer my heart sank. It was (more…)

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Unidentified tree, Llandaff Fields, May 7

For now, I am calling this the winter tree. Because when I last visited Llandaff Fields a few weeks ago this was one of very few trees still struggling to break into leaf. Everywhere else the branches were clad in green – including a couple of earlier mystery trees, which I have now identified (see later in this post!).

I have no idea (more…)

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300 – a movie about angry Spartans – nothing to do with this blog post but I rather like Gerard Butler as Leonidas…

I’m not one for celebrating anniversaries or even birthdays, but I feel I must mark this, my 300th blog post. I can’t think of anything spectacular to do, so I will just use the opportunity to “do a retrospective” on some of my recurring themes, particularly for any new followers.

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I spent ages messing about on the Wordle site – click on the image to go and play there yourself!

I began blogging in (more…)

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