Saturday, 22 September 2012


Giant atlas mAfter The watching the horse ploughing I went off in search of the  The Magic of Life Butterfly House, Aberystwyth, Wales   all I can say is WAW.spent a nice two hours with exotic butterflies of the world

plus these moths  live exhibits as entering the butterfly house,  the Indian Moon moth and its caterpillar,

No ID on this one wing span about 6".
 Giant atlas moth about 10" wing span notice the snake head wing tips,
 Before entering the humid butterfly house I had to warm the camera up   lens separate once the camera was warm to the touch  it was ready to use without getting steamed up. and while the big gun was being warmed up I took a few shots of the exhibits in the pay entrance with the pocket camera.
 A tarantella

 Emerald shield mantid Ecuador
Stick insects
 Glasswing  on a bromeliad flower.

Monday, 17 September 2012

The new kitchen

The Kitchen, 

I was not up to doing anything today  feeling pretty grotty to say the least.most like as the doc says "I am overdoing things" but I did get  Mrs P to take some shots of the new kitchen because  the rubbish bin finally came,   as like lots of other things with this latest project lots of bits missing or its in the post. sometimes I wonder if everything missing is sent by hand,  i.e.  wheelbarrow  then the finale furlong is given to some group with a name like the royal post or parcel delivery systems? and of course like all better halves I was not allowed to take any photos of the finished project until the last piece was in place.  even the new bin at a price of over £250.00  had a fault so we had to stick the lid down with sticky tape from inside before shots were fired. the phone was buzzing  then the answer came they have sent a new top in the post we can keep the broken one  . for what I cannot imagine. 
but thanks to my son  and Pam's perseverance the job is done .( with one piece held on with sticky tape)  notice the bin colour!

Only two pieces were kept from the old kitchen  the pan tidy thats hung from the ceiling
And the old weaved basket holder this I put wheels on to convert as a rolling chopping board this was the only job I did apart from the demolition of the old kitchen  as this is when I was diagnosed with cancer 8 weeks ago.

Then a few more bits to match the tiles,  the three glass pieces have been in our bathroom  since I did did it 20 years ago  and the  new kitchen was made with these in mind
Even Bluebell likes the new kitchen but not the cold floor tiles.

Yesterday I went to the owl centre at Kinton lovely place to spend a few hours or even all day if one is up to it , then on the way home I happened to come across a tractor ploughing match , hence the reason I am so tired today, not that I was pulling a plough but even to walk half way up the competition field got to much of a walk.

On Friday all goes well I will get to see something I have wanted to see for a long time. and visit the ground will be the only thing I will do I may stay overnight in a B&B so I do not get tired.
here 15.9.2012 they are harrowing with a Shire horse at Acton Scott museum  another post I need to catch up on. looking at this photo brings back childhood memories I can remember as a foster child at 7 years old.working with the shires on the farm before we had a proper working tractor the horse would nibble the crown of my head if I did not hold him at arms length while tacking.

This photo was taken at  8.30 before I left,   the blackbird family were making so much noise I first thought the starlings had come back stealing the feed  then I noticed the red patch on one of the birds  It was a rare visitor never seen one before in the front garden  and only witnessed one visit in the back garden last year.           I must try to catch up on showing the last 6 weeks photos

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Friday, 14 September 2012

Lake Vyrnwy.

 Lake Vyrnwy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 The straining tower at lake Vyrnwy
 An old iron oil drum as a marker buoy that the cormorants use as a fishing diving board
and a dilapidated boathouse out of view behind a bridge.

 Lake Vyrnwy Dam another Victorian masterpiece

 one of 4 bridges around the dam
 Ever get that feeling of being watched .

 one of the many waterways that fill the lake.
 colourful lichen on the dam wall
Liverpool had a water source and what did they do with this pure water? make gin.

 bench mark on one of vyrnwy's bridges, but no indication of sea level

the falls that go to the lake near Gydfa
 Y Gydfa old farm

 seems only the sheds are now in use for shearing,
only stones and the stream remain of another old farm at Gydfa

 spectacular views  from Dinas Mawddwy pass as  I came from gydfa pass

 As I got to the top of the mountain  on a lane that says its unsuitable for heavy vehicles there where a number of warning signs, even though I had come over 4 or 5 cattle grids  as I entered into Merionethshire  there was  sign  the reason it was on the top point of a hill unseen until one was almost on it.
 then there was the t junction to Bala  or mawddwy but no sign to say I had come from Lake vyrnwy
As I left the cattle grid another sign to say danger of falling rock as I headed down the pass.
Welsh black heifer and welsh mountain sheep.
Water falls at Mawddwy pass

 the falls at Cwm Cywarch.
This river is the beginning of the  Dufi