Friday, 3 March 2017


These three photos were all taken last week at Wells-next-the-sea on the Norfolk coast.  The above photo of  a very fresh looking  rose  and  rosebud, taken in a  very sheltered spot, was taken on 23rd February, which seems very early  indeed for roses ????

The above picture is  of a 'green lane' very near the town centre.

Above shows a cormorant hanging out his wings to dry. Again very near the town centre (just across 'the  Creek')

The computer is still, I'm afraid  playing  up. I don't think it's  just this one, but is general to  the  area, I'm told. Still, we'll keep trying.


Crowbard said...

You've tried everything else Mike, try giving it a pat on the back whilst saying Hakuna matata in a friendly basso-profondo kind of way. Perhaps it needs a little soothing; in Suffolk it probably feels temporally displaced by about 500 years.

Mike said...

Dear Crowbard. I've tried something similar - giving it a boot up the breeches
while murmuring fondly "Now behave yourself you..... (Anglo Saxon expressions)".
This only seems to help for limited periods, though.

Margaret Brocklehurst said...

Get rid of Windows 10!

I still have a rose in bud and flower from last year, but I assumed it was because we are south west and my garden is very sheltered with stone walls. However, I must admit I am amazed to see one in flower on the east coast, must be very sheltered. The daffodils are stunning this year, Valency woods are full of them now the snowdrops have died down.

How wonderful to see a Cormorant, I cannot remember the legend about them, I think they are supposed to be lucky/unlucky for sailors. There seems to be a larger variety of wild birds about these days, unless its because I am getting older and have slowed down enough to spot them!

Crowbard said...

I suspect some 'pooter probs, particularly in the communications area, result from a limited infrastructure unable to support the vast hordes of signals generated by inconsiderate 'ickle bruvs and the like.

Mike said...

Hello Mags. I think the cormorant is generally held to be unlucky, but as they are now on the increase (in inland waterways anyway) I think they must have (as the yanks say) have 'got lucky' (or luckier).
The only think I can remember about cormorants is Christopher Isherwood's poem about them :-

The common cormorant (or 'shag')
lays eggs inside a paper bag.
The reason you will see no doubt
it is to keep the lightning out.

But what these unobservant birds
have failed to notice is that herds
of wandering bears may come with buns,
and steal the bags to hold the crumbs.

As this is given from memory, the accuracy is not guaranteed !!!!

Mike said...

P.s. I mean of course, the accuracy of the lines, the poetry, or the actuality of the natural history facts, are not guaranteed.

Crowbard said...

I understand the Estonians have taken this poem literally and have named one of their local species 'Puhtad paberkott karu' (Tidy paper bag bear) on account of it wandering the countryside chewing up discarded fish and chip wrappers.
When, on leaving an Estonian chippy, you are approached by such beast you would be wise to hurl your purchase in the direction opposite which you wish to proceed!

Crowbard said...

PS. it's a fabulous poem so I hope you found my previous comment affable.

Crowbard said...

Sorry, sticky keyboard, I meant to say 'a fable' not 'affable.'