Monday, September 22, 2014

Hedgehog Visit Last Night

A hedgehog visit captured last night:

That time it was disturbed and scared off by Penny going outside but later it, or another, returned. After feasting on dried mealworms in the hedgehog house it went to sleep in there for a while before departing.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Season of mists ......


...... and mellow fruitfulness


So starts John Keats poem "To Autumn" and that is just what it has been like here for the past few days. Thick cloud, mists with only occasional glimpses of the Sun.

Also spotted the usual start of Fall (Autumn):


The beginnings of next Spring's crop of catkins growing on my corkscrew hazel bush:

Embryo Catkins on corkscrew Hazel DSCN3457

These are only 7mm long and will stay tightly closed until the return of warmth when they will grow and open to about 50 to 60mm long.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday at the Flicks - Homeward Bound

On our trip to Alford the other day I took videos of the journey both to and from. This is our return journey home. 4x speed using the usual Hyperlapse app on the iPod Touch5:

Soundtrack music was found on
Not a bad recording considering it was made in 1926 and released on two 78rpm records.

This is how the iPod is mounted on the windscreen:


Surprisingly it does not interfere with driving vision or distract as it is showing exactly what I can already see through the windscreen - which still needs a good scrub!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the Vets and a Look Round Alford

Yesterday morning it was an early visit to the vets for Penny.  Her gums are still giving trouble so we came away with another dose of antibiotics. Penny doesn't care what the reason is for a trip out. She would happily jump in any car or van which has an open door. She is the perfect passenger sprawling out on the back seat and usually dozing throughout the journey.

After lunch I decided on another trip. This time to Alford to drop off some items at the Greyhound Rescue shop:


There she got plenty of fuss, a bite to eat and spent her pocket money on a new cuddly toy. I decided we would have a bit of a walk round and bought some dog food and dried mealworms for the Hedgehog from one of the market stalls, it being market day in Alford:


After dropping the shopping back in the car we then went for a walkabout to look at the old manor house, an old two storey building with a thatched roof. It houses a museum which I have looked round in the past:



Walking round the side of the Manor House I spotted the original chimney work was leaning though this has been altered a couple of times to straighten it up as can be seen by the different size and shape of bricks:

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Further round is an outdoor display of old farm implements, mainly ploughs from the days when they had a horse in front and a man behind to keep things on a straight path:





Also spotted was this old millstone, possibly from the windmill which still stands on the outskirts of the town and is kept in working order:


On the way back to the car park we detoured past the parish church which is built on land which is higher than all the surrounding town:



The tower has been used from time to time for abseiling, usually to raise money. I was almost tempted one year but with my vertigo I don't think I would have been able to step out over the top. I took these photos many years ago:

Abseiling 2      Abseiling

After a last look round we went back to the car and Penny sprawled out and dozed all the way home where she was re-united with her new cuddly toy:


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Twister - Guess What

gold star

Last week's twisted photo didn't give any problems for Ragged Robin, Wilma, Keith, Adrian and TexWisGirl who get my congratulations and their virtual gold stars for identifying the slug:

IMG_0713     Large Black Slug DSCN3310

I wonder whether this one will stump people. Maybe this will be the first time I manage to keep all the virtual gold starts to myself.

Guess What:
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Please leave any guesses in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the answer, next Tuesday.
No prizes, Just for fun and a virtual gold star.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Dare You to Try Running Away

Last night eagle eyes had spotted something in the gloom:


As soon as I got the back door open Penny went rushing out to investigate:



Although they often visit it is ages since I have actually seen a Hedgehog close up. This one was fairly large, possibly a male. Years ago a dog getting that close to a Hedgehog would have got covered in fleas but these days it doesn't seem to be a problem.


After a quick look and a few photos I took Penny indoors so Spiky could disappear under the fence in peace. Though she doesn't attack them if they stay still she will chase them if they try to run away.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

More Lapsed Clouds

As the Apple cameras are such wide angle I decided to order a 2x add on telephoto lens. It arrived yesterday. The lens is magnetic so if the phone body is made from a  suitable metal it will stick in place. If the body is another material then self adhesive metal rings are provided. That is what I had to use with the iPod:

2x telephoto lens DSCN3387

Being magnetic it is fast and easy to attach / detach.

I set things up with the Lapse It app set to take a photo every 3 seconds. Just over an hour and 1475 frames later it was showing a low battery warning. Those were saved at 1080p, transferred to the MacBook. Title added in iMovie along with a soundtrack created with Garage Band and saved at 720p to cut down upload file size:

Not too bad for a £5 add on lens, and that included p&p!

In the evening I set things up on a tabletop tripod in the conservatory for a Sunset time lapse, this time with just 2 seconds between frames.  No other processing this time. 720p as processed by the Lapse It app. The small orange dot which remains isn't a stuck pixel but a street lamp in the distance:

Once again this was processed in app using 'vivid colours'.
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