Baby Coypu / Rangodin

This morning I was walking around the pond looking for fresh sign of the Coypu thinking there are no fresh turds. I got to duck corner and behold.

Two juvenile coypu huddling against the cold.

I had gone back into the house to get the camera….obvs..

I got closer and they plopped into the water and turned to watch me.

I backed off and they got out of the water and shook themselves dry. Here is one of them.

you can just see the water….

I went into the house to call the wife to go see…

She did and they were still there.

I came back out to get a few more shots…

They are cute…I am about 4-5metres from them with a telephoto.

..but we had to call the hunters to visit…with guns.

Santorini 2008

Because of the current volcanic activity on Las Palmas I was reminded of this trip to Santorini.

The whole island blew out its middle to form a caldera and end the Minoan civilisation.

A lot of cruise ships came to see the blue and the scenery while we were there.

on the way across to the island in the middle of the caldera – blue within blue
black , lifeless and very hot. It makes you realise how tiny we are compared to natural phenomena…
the evening ritual…
superb light…

my favourite beer…

it is rather photogenic

Fitting the Trailer – Ground Control to Major Tom?

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door

And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world

Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go

…...y ddraig aur

I am wearing that t-shirt now, as I type…

Am I a space-cadet, what do you reckon?

The Trailer for the Sit-on Mower

Pandora’s Box…
Not too many pieces, should be OK….
Sketchy instructions in French only…
Starting to take shape
Is there anything missing?? Bad language starts…have a lunch break…
nearly done…
I am sure that I could write better claims it can handle 280kg….it will get a lot of use…

Rainy Day Brew Session

It has been raining and we have just chopped up ~9kg of apples from the orchard. It is a shame I can’t do smell-o-vision. Very appley. They are now on to brew. The trick is to chop them into water with some lemon juice in it to stop them oxidising and going brown.

There are two 12 litre buckets of apple and two 5 litre demijohns of pear at the back.

In the foreground are brews from April ready to bottle.

This apple and cranberry is crystal clear. The cranberries add a nice bit of tannin.

This red made from bog standard grape juice has a nice shine to it, too. It works out less than 1 one euro per bottle

dilost-hañv or autumn

the central section today – all the hard work has paid off
this is a unique flower – two tone
it is the only one on this dahlia to be like this – a mutant?
Euonymus Phellomanus ? Last year it did not do this, now it is freer it thrives
last night we had some rain
the prevailing wind off the atlantic brings watery autumns here at Traou an Dour
the coypu has been munching our lotuses
we informed the mairie and they sent some trappers
the pears will have finished their primary fermentation tomorrow – we will harvest the apples in the orchard and put them on to brew. Guess I’ll be making plenty of apple sauce too….
Hesperantha coccinea ? the river lily. Last year we had only two flowers…this year they have really gone for it.