Monday 24th April 2017.

Cooler today with quite a bit of wind from the west. Dry though for the early bike-ride. Pic one taken yesterday and is another ‘Buffalo’ (Bos Taurus) – they were (safely!) in another field today. For a few minutes yesterday the Buffalo in the pic had a Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) stood on its head – really. The bird flew off as I got me camera out.
After Union of South Africa grandeur, just a small diesel shunt engine today up at Bury South. It’s in good nick though.
Cloudy over Elton Reservoir and the nearby rat (Rattus Norvegicus) colony grows ever smaller. Well, the ones that you see. Feeders have been moved. I was hoping for at least an Owl (Strika luco), or Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), mmm … Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) eh?
From the Res. to Hinds (Capreolus capreolus) Lane and a view, from the top, over the river Irwell to the Lattice (Monkey (Macaca mulatta)) Bridge. Where I’m stood will soon be surrounded by eight to ten feet tall Hogweeds (Heracleum Mantegazzianum), so the view will be rare later in the year.
From there along Radcliffe canal to Banana (Musa paradisiaca) Walk and the nettles (Urtica dioca) are growing well. Stings can be relieved a bit by rubbing with a Dock leaf (Rumex obtusifolius) – some massive (one meter tall) Docks down there. Ditto Thistles (Asteraceae). All of these are medicinal and Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) go for Thistle seeds I understand.
Not far from there a few white Bluebells (Hyacinthoides) in the grass (Agrostis palustris). That nice Mr. Attenborough (Homo Mega Sapiens sapiens) – him on the telly – is having trouble remembering the names of plants (etc) so I’ve put the botanical names in where I can.
In Chorley (oh yes) a man (Homo Sapiens Chorlensis Cakus) has been video’d walking an Emu (Dromaius Novaehollandiae) on a lead. (An Emu is more or less a Dinosaur) But the funny thing is the man is called Jack Morris (Homo notquitus sapiensus).
On the really fun front : Watch-out for fake (new type) £ coins – they’re worth far more than the real ones!

4 thoughts on “Monday 24th April 2017.

  1. dot

    Like the bit about Jack Morris, could be a story there! I sure Mr Attenborough will appreciate your efforts on his behalf, the time to worry is when you can’t remember your own name!!

  2. Andrew Baxter

    Just a bit of an update from this end… Got a free trial for Audible (audio books arm of Amazon) a few weeks ago and as part of the package they were giving away the entire Sherlock Holmes canon read by Stephen Fry.

    They’re really good and the whole lot lasts over sixty hours I think. Stephen Fry does an amazing job with the various voices.

    I’ve been decorating the hall, stairs and landing for the last few days with those playing from my mobile phone. It actually got to the point where I was looking for more bits to paint because the story I was listening to wasn’t quite finished.

  3. Condor Post author

    Erm, Condor (Vultur gryphus). Easy to remember. D.A. is about ninety!

    Books – any kind – okay, but time is problem. Stephen Fry excellent professionally.
    The (wannabe) Holmes stories, in that book, are ok. One or two very good.

  4. Andrew Baxter

    The idea of listening to an audio book was that it would free up time. You can have the book read to you whilst getting on with something else.

    Must admit though sometimes, the “something else” required too much concentration and I did miss parts of what was being read. You can only really concentrate on one thing at a time.

    I think the main idea is that you go for a walk (or a bike ride) and have a book read to you while you’re at it.

    However, around here, I wouldn’t go for a walk without both ears open.


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