Herefordshire Week 021: Tuesday 19 – Monday 25 May 2020

No week 21 photos (yet)* and only short notes this week as I need to get out into the garden strimming!


Tuesday’s twin highlights were a walk over EH Common with Phil, and a successful shop at Mailes – milk and chorizo and sundried tomato “pork” pie. So hot, I had to buy an ice cream maker from Argos once we got back home 🙂


On Friday, I took a couple of screenshots of The Guardian‘s COVID-19 graphs for reference:

Screenshot from The Guardian, 22 May 2020: New Coronavirus cases per day for the County of Herefordshire
Screenshot from The Guardian, 22 May 2020

 

Screenshot from The Guardian, 22 May 2020: Deaths from Covid-19 by week, 2020 - for the County of Herefordshire
Screenshot from The Guardian, 22 May 2020

Frustratingly, I can’t link to them as their Coronavirus UK map: the latest deaths and confirmed cases in each region page is updated each week, and the URL changes.

In other COVID-19-related news, it should have been the St Andrews Ladies Celebration this weekend, so we had a Virtual Get Together on Saturday afternoon instead.

And I’m still waiting for a whole slew of train ticket refunds – looking at you Avanti, Greater Anglia and Transport for Wales. GWR has left them all standing,


I spent most of the blustery bank holiday weekend working through my photos from last November’s trip, and getting them up onto Flickr and into this album – Nepal, November 2019 – Mera Peak, Amphu Lapsta, Island Peak. Still a week or so to do, but we have summited Mera Peak and crossed the Amphu Lapsta pass…

Sunrise over the Hongu Valley, Mera Peak panorama
Sunrise over the Hongu Valley, Mera Peak panorama

It’s identifying the mountains that takes the time, and even though it happens every time, I still don’t manage to make a note of the names en route. Thank heavens for Günter Seyfferth’s Die Berge des Himalaya (The mountains of Himalaya) website!

… All of which has made me wonder when I’ll be able to return. Kanchenjunga North & South, Val’s version, is top of my list.


Phil ticked off lots of To Dos too: my birthday photo is now framed and on the wall in my office, and we have a sign for Forty Acres, all done bar the varnishing.

Manaslu Team -2018-154 © Doug Beecroft
© Doug Beecroft’s photo from our Manaslu & Tsum trip, Nepal 2018

Monday was the promised scorcher, so after a leisurely morning featuring Flickr, writing to my MP and coffee and carrot cake on the patio, I did a long walk across Thistly Field, down the Army Camp Crossroads, to Duffryn Farm and Cockyard and back via Stone Street and Kerrys Gate. Everywhere is looking green and lush, and the sheep and lambs have been shorn.

I spent the early evening planting out the marigolds, larger lettuces and sunflowers in the herb bed, and put the pumpkins into 3 pots by the compost heap.

Marigolds, lettuces and sunflowers in the herb bed
Marigolds, lettuces and sunflowers in the herb bed

 

Pumpkins in pots
Pumpkins in pots

Down at the big pond, the yellow – and blue – flags are out, as are the “red” lilies (phew – I was worried my weed-clearing had finished them off). And there are loads and loads of slim blue dragonflies whizzing around, and – on close inspection – mating and laying their eggs in the water.

When I went down later in the afternoon to photograph the dragonflies, I spotted two larger ones anchored on separate flag leaves, one either end of the pond, emerging from their nymph skins. Amazing.

Dragonfly metamorphosis
Dragonfly metamorphosis
Dragonflies
Dragonflies

Photos from week 21 to follow – but I need to get back from Nepal first before uploading them, so as not to break the flow…

You’ll need to wait for that link to do anything.

Right: Stim-Time!


PS I keep forgetting to mention the birds hidden and hiding in the hedges and trees….. swallows (long tails) have joined the swifts – and bats come early evening! – flying over head. Blackbirds battling on the grass by the bird feeder, a woodpecker (or two?) coming to breakfast on peanuts around 8am every day. Plus blue tits, coal tits and great tits, thrushes, sparrows and chaffinches. One conservatory casualty, green.


* Update 14 June 2020

Here are the photos from week 21.