Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Beast of the East

In honour of today's much trumpeted bad weather, blowing over from Siberia, here's the original beast, a Siberian Unicorn....fossilised remains of a shaggy rhino which may have had a big horn were discovered in the region. A local legend amongst the Yakut people tells of a " huge black bull" killed by a spear with a horn so large it had to be carted away on a sled..... 

Pepe's Finca

Pepe, our neighbour in Spain, brought round a huge bag of oranges from his trees....his fig tree was a knarled stump devoid of its canopy of green leaves



Spanish Acorns

Aromatic Mediterranean plants on our walk along the cliffs...lavender, thyme, rosemary and many unknown species, including miniature holly with acorns, which was a type of oak tree 

Roman Fish Food

Bagged Montgo at last,  735m approx...........plus found the remains of the fish processing works cut into the tosca stone wave cut platforms near the sea,  like giant baths


Green Lizard, Yellow Swallowtail

After a rocky ascent of Montgo above Xabia, Spain, we were welcomed to the summit by this yellow swallowtail butterfly.....m-agic m-oments!!


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Flip Flops at the Winter Olympics

Hats off (and shirts) to Tonga's Cross Country skier, PitaTaufatofua. After appearing bare-chested in sub zero temperatures, complete with flip flops and a grass skirt at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang he managed not to come last! Asked about how he managed to cope with the cold, he said, "if my ancestors can sail across the Pacific Ocean for 1000 years not knowing where the next piece of land will be...then I can go though 25 minutes without a shirt on"


Spanish Fish

Fish with great Spanish names. My favourite is the "trembling cow"....


Friday, 16 February 2018

Skeleton Bob

  2010 Winter Olympics when  Skeleton Bob won Gold!! Also some strange happening from 8 years ago!


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Arctic Fat Bike Challenge (Steve Bate)

The very best of luck to Paralympian Steve Bate, gold medal winning tandem rider from Rio Olympics whose next challenge is to ride an Arctic Winter race in Finnish Lapland on a fat bike despite his visual impairment. I promise not to moan again about a bit of sleet on my 7 mile cycle to work again.....well not much!!
Here's Steve at Huddersfield Town hall last year- what an inspiration!

Paralympic Tandem Gold

Flashback to last year's inspiring visit to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Huddersfield Town Hall by Steve Bate, outstanding athlete who won golds at Rio.........

Sunday, 11 February 2018

No Fasting Spout


Well hunting round South Crosland, but no "Fasting Spout"....

Terry's Shed


Celebrating Terry Mac's 70th Birthday in style at Lord's Brewery, Golcar....

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Lonely Gannet Guide

A 50p, a gannet and a garnet hit the news this last week.....

Eggborough- Its' a Gas!

The romantically named Eggborough Power Station will soon belch its last, one of the last coal-powered stations giving way to gas, epic 

Syrup of Figs

"Syrup"  (of Figs) cockney rhyming slang for ?

February Finds


Here's some things I found earlier....

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Dr Kilmer's Swamp Root Kidney Liver & Bladder Cure

         

 Bring on the Quack Doctor! I am now so fed up I'll even try 
Dr Kilmer's Swamp Root Kidney Liver & Bladder Cure......