Archive: May 2016

The boys get a ride in a Porsche 911

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I was very grateful to my friend Martin this evening as, after giving me a lift home in his Porsche 911, he then took my sons out for a spin each in it. It’s an extremely fast car and comfortable when sitting inside it, but getting out of it ain’t exactly easy… Next time I’ll […]

European Badger acting strangely

europeanbadger

Yesterday evening while doing our usual walk along the disused bush road up in the hills outside the village, we encountered a badger (Meles meles) acting very strangely. For a start, this was the first badger I’ve seen here in 18 years (I regularly catch them on game camera, usually licking it, but never encounter […]

Occult Prague

donghost

For anyone who’s travelled, cities, regardless of the country they’re in, start to resemble one another. Of course, each has their idiosyncrasies but, on the whole, as globalization spreads they become harder and harder to tell apart. It’s not often that a traveller encounters a city which has a palpable soul. Marrakesh is dusty and […]

Red deer hind and fawn game camera

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Despite having left the camera out for over a week I had a pretty poor showing from the beasties. A fox blurred past and a badger was a pixellated mess too far away to make a decent photo of, plus 95% of the footage was again from the resident blackbird and mouse, depending on time […]

Jiří Wehle playing the Ninera at Prague Castle

Jirí Wehle

This is self-described wandering bard, Jiří Wehle, playing the Ninera – the unique Slovak version of the hurdy-gurdy – at Prague Castle in May 2016. After passing so many other buskers, street musicians and performers, none of whom seemed to fit the ambient (especially skatting jazz ensembles), I was amazed to find someone who not […]

The Removal of Stalin’s Head, Prague 2016

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I can’t even begin to explain just how monumental this action was, and it was pure serendipity that we happened to be exactly there at precisely the moment it happened (we were actually heading to the Technical Museum) on May 21st 2016. Stalin’s head had looked out over the entire city of Prague, Czech Republic, […]

Large red deer herd by hunting stand

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Yesterday we went for a walk just after lunch. Knowing that area well, and the time of day, I wasn’t expecting to see any large animals about as they usually prefer dawn and dusk to break the cover of the treeline. However, as we’ve had three days of constant hard rain, and this was the […]

Peek-a-boo

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This Green woodpecker (Picus viridis) always taunts me when I walk along the old road near the house. Every time I try to take a photo it hides behind a tree trunk and then flies on to the next tree when I try to get closer. It basically acts like a squirrel. We don’t get […]

My neighbours are wild

foxcreek

Probably, out of all my hobbies and interests, cataloguing the creatures which live around my house ranks the highest. As a kid I used to keep a daily diary of what birds and animals I’d seen and often draw one of them. Now I have cameras and trailcams but the principle is still the same. […]

Shrikes, forget-me-nots and a yellowhammer

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After yesterday’s multiple hard-going walks, this morning’s was at a much slower pace. The sun was out but the temperature fluctuated between too warm and too cold, meaning having to don and remove outer garments often. The meadows are filled with bird song and presented the opportunity for a few photographs (there should also be […]

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