Jon Crispin's Notebook

Paperwhites

Posted in biology, Flowers, Jon Crispin, Nature, Plants, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 10/02/2017

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Just before Christmas I bought the last four paperwhite bulbs at Hadley Garden Center.  As they were the last ones, they looked a bit ratty.  Since we were gone most of January, Cris didn’t put them into the jar of rocks until just after we got home.  The first flowers came out today.  A full foot of snow outside but lovely to have these beauties in the house.

I spoke to my friend John Wilson in Stratford-upon-Avon late last week and he said the daffodils are already coming up over there.  I guess we’ll have to wait at least 6 more weeks before we see any here.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Olive at the Beach / Dolphins?!?

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Today is Olive’s last day at the beach this year.  The weather is incredible and she has been so happy being in the water almost every day.

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We bought her this green flying saucer type thing which really soars on a windy day.  She swims out to get it and then comes right back.

Except yesterday when Cris was playing with her.  Olive paddled out to the saucer and then started to swim out a bit farther into the ocean.  Cris couldn’t figure out what was going on, and then spotted dolphin fins. Olive must have sensed them as well.  It is hard to know what kind of interaction there would have been if she hadn’t come right back when called.  You would like to think that it would have ended in a nice “Flipper-like” scenario with lots of cavorting and intra-mammal bonding, but you never know.

Thanks to Bob and Kath for having us in the house again this year, and it is so great that they have been here for the latter part of our stay.  Heading back North tomorrow.

Howth

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We have been spending most of our time in busy cities on this trip, so we decided to take the DART train to Howth yesterday and spend some time on the coastal path.

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This is a lovely seaside  fishing village, and since it was Sunday it was a bit crowded, but we really wanted to walk, so it was worth it.

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As we walked through the carpark at the beginning of the path, we saw a guy in a superman costume get out of a taxi.  We didn’t think much about it at the time since it was a few days before Halloween.  We started our walk, and some minutes later looked down to a little island just off the coast and saw him jump off a diving platform.  He is in mid-flight in this photo but it is a bit difficult to see him.  Look for the red spot on the left.  Wild.

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It was a lovely day.  Not too hot, not too cool.

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Ireland is really green, and like Cornwall has a really interesting variety of plants.

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I can never keep these things straight, but I think this is gorse.  So lovely.

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There were amazing views throughout the walk.  In the foreground is an entire field of ferns that are just starting to turn brown.

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At one point the coast path crossed an enormous golf course.  We were instructed to stay quiet.  We obliged, and we did see some golfers teeing off.  It would have been a lovely day to play 18.

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But by far the coolest part of the walk was when we went through the Bog of Frogs.  It was boggy, but not noticeably froggy.

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We walked well over 10 miles, and it was spectacular.  It was great to get a pint and some fish and chips once back in Howth.

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As we waited for the train to Dublin, a Carphone Warehouse advert kept scrolling through this sign at the station.

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Once back in Dublin, we stopped at Mary’s Bar and Hardware for a whiskey.  They really love JFK here.  And the whiskey was nice.

Hello!

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 02/09/2016

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I am never sure why this happens, but this site is getting rather a lot of traffic today.  Usually, a link gets published somewhere which mentions me for one reason or another, and I start getting emails from WordPress telling me I have new followers.  So welcome everyone; happy to have you stop by from time to time.  Wishing you all a great weekend.

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Pink Lady’s Slipper / Red Eft

Posted in Animals, botany, Flowers, Nature, Orchids, Plants, Uncategorized, walking in the woods by joncrispin on 05/06/2016

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There are hundreds of pink lady’s slippers around the house.  We are very lucky.

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Red efts were out today as well, as it is a rainy, humid day.  These guys are tiny.

Crocus

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 31/03/2016

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We are supposed to have snow this weekend along with very cold temperatures.  I didn’t want to lose these guys to the weather before I got the chance to take some pictures.  Nature!

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Green / Big Stick

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Now that the snow is all gone Olive and I have started spending more time in the woods.  It rained most of the day yesterday, so it was pretty wet.  Nice.

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She is a total stick (or should I say log) girl.  This could have been record size for her.  She carried it for about half a mile.

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I have been seeing a lot of green lately, and these fungi are just beautiful.  Can anyone out there tell me what they are?

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Olive Takes a Dip

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I think I post a version of this photograph more than I probably should.  We have had a ton of rain in the past few days, and Olive and I had a lovely wet walk in the woods this afternoon.  But for some reason, the water, the leaves, and the dog make me feel quite happy and I wanted to share it.

Leaves / Ice

Posted in Nature, Plants, Seasons, Trees, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 28/01/2016

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I had a nice little walk in the woods today with the dog.  We don’t have any snow, but there is ice.

Acorn

Posted in autumn, Nature, Plants, Trees by joncrispin on 19/11/2015

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Olive and I had a nice walk in the woods today.  There are so many oak leaves on the ground, and lots of acorns.  It looks like rain later today, and then another sunny day tomorrow.

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If there is water to be found, she will be in it.

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