Herefordshire Week 226: Tuesday 23 – Monday 29 April 2024

Skomer stay! Puffins! And Everest Trek Get Together No. 20!

(You’ll have to wait for Puffin Pics – need to get them off my camera) Updated: now with added puffins

Serious puffins, Skomer
Serious puffins, Skomer

A drizzly morning on Tuesday, just right for sitting at my computer doing weeknotes, photos and various bits of admin. The weather perked up in the afternoon, but I was lost to Nepal 2023 trek wrap up – printing out our final itinerary and doing the insert for my diary and the map, and highlighting the route on my copy of the Himalayan Map House map for Makalu and Kanchanjanga, purchased in KTM.

Nepal 2023: Kanchenjunga & Lumba Sumba trek - Map showing our route
Nepal 2023: Kanchenjunga & Lumba Sumba trek – Map showing our route

Zoom with the KMCA ladies, and FaceTime with Phil in Witham. Then packed for Pembs!

Busy morning on Wednesday – up early to plant out seedlings and pack the Panda before driving the Zoe to the gym for aerobics and callisthenics then speedily home for a shower and final Panda packing before setting off for Carmarthen to collect H…. only to realise I’d left the keys in the porch door. Thankfully realisation arrived as I was driving through EH, so I was able to return home and retrieve them. It did mean I was half a hour late picking up Hazel though.

Tasty cake and a couple of mugs of tea at S&Ms then on to Newgale via M&S for wine bags – so practical.

G&T on the deck in the lovely evening sunshine then inside for traditional Everest Trek Get Together curries.

Drinks on the Deck
Drinks on the Deck

Up early on Thursday to get to Martin’s Haven for our 9am crossing to Skomer and the start of our two day stay. Fifteen of us in total, a mix of birders and tourists – we were definitely the latter, in spite of our basic bird knowledge.

Fresh off the boat, Skomer farm courtyard
Fresh off the boat, Skomer farm courtyard

After a brief briefing from the Visitor Officer we settled into our Manx Shearwater room for five and unloaded our food (and drink) into our designated cupboard and the fridge, then headed out for a stroll around the island. Sunshine and clouds, and a biting cold northerly wind.

A pair of razorbills, Skomer
A pair of razorbills, Skomer

Seals at Garland Stone, puffins, razorbills, fulmars and other gulls in the inlets, rabbits (and dead bird remains), bluebells and red campion lining the paths. We sheltered from the wind in the bird hide and spotted mallard ducks, Canada geese as well as the ubiquitous gulls (various varieties) and heard some pheasant squwarks. No short eared owls. Later on a lone buzzard spiralled on a rare thermal.

Rabbit, Skomer
Rabbit, Skomer

Very nice to be able to return to the farm / hostel for tea and cake, a late lunch, and finally chips n dips followed by chilli for dinner. I got the log stove going, warmed up the lounge / dining room nicely.

Decided against going out to watch / hear the Manx Shearwater crash land under the cover of darkness. Felt all a bit too The Birds for my comfort.

Weather was much worse on Friday – wet, albeit a bit warmer. Incentivised by Bird & Bug Bingo we donned waterproofs and photographed slugs, tadpoles, LBBs, coots, oystercatchers, etc etc etc. More time indoors, sheltering from the worst of the rain, the day visitors looking longingly in through the windows…. Bird Log at 8pm in the dining room / lounge revealed our amateur status – although G’s mating curlews and D’s Skomer vole sighting gained us some kudos.

Puffins in the rain, Skomer
Puffins in the rain, Skomer

Up early on Saturday to pack up for the 8.15am “out of the hostel” deadline, cloudy and raining again. Just enough time to walk to The Wick (NO PUFFINS!) and round to the Boat Landing. Repeated the “chain transfer” technique to get our bags down to the jetty, and helped the new arrivals get their much, much heavier bags up one length of “chain”. Then back to Martin’s Haven.

We relocated the car to Marloes Beach NT car park and decided to try our luck at the Runwayskiln in the hope of a morning coffee….. and delightedly discovered that they’re open from 9am! RESULT. Coffee turned into Coffee and Carrot Cake, which set us up for a stroll back towards Martin’s Haven via the Lagoons and their bird hide…. An Endurance Hike Event meant the coast path was busy with runners, but handily the headland is open and roomy. Back to Runwayskillin along the road, then a really, really lovely lunch.

Lunch, Runwayskiln
Lunch, Runwayskiln

Back at the van, showered and relaxed, celebrating a successful Skomer Stay with Prosecco and crisps as soon as the sun went over the yard arm.

Time for a stroll on the pebbles and a thin strip of beach on Sunday morning then back to Steffi’s (via Lidl) for the mandatory and much loved Maurice’s Marvellous Sunday Lunch.

Easy drive home with sunshine and showers. Having refilled the peanuts in the bird feeder (top priority), I got the log stove going (and kept it going since) – the house had got cold while I was away; with Phil staying in WTM I’d turned off the central heating.

Caught up with various things on Monday morning – including checking in on my Oakchurch courgette plants and Jean’s seedlings (all doing well) and bringing in the house plants (some doing not so well after the overnight low temperatures, AND the fungus gnats are still around) – then over to dad and Jean’s to help with some DIY in the lovely new garden room. Bought a whole kilo of mealworms from Gen Dogsbody – need to help those breeding birds as much as we can with through this rain and cold weather.

Dug up some of my leeks for leek, garlic, butterbean & crème fraiche dinner. A success!


More orchids out on the front lawn and leaves are out on all the trees. The waterfall clematis is covered in flowers and the cherry trees in EH at covered in blossom, our various apples trees too.


TV: The Gone (season 1).

Podcasts: The Rest is Entertainment, AmericastEmpire, Americast, When It Hits the Fan.


Photos: Herefordshire week 226 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2024-04-28.

Herefordshire Week 198: Tuesday 10 – Monday 16 October 2023

Pembrokeshire for the Everest Trek Get Together No. 19.

Marloes Circular: The Gang
Marloes Circular: The Gang

My first full week back home = still catching up.


Tuesday comprised catching up on admin and weeknotes 196 and 197, walking to and from Ewyas Harold for my first in person Physio appointment at the surgery (VG. Assessment = Hip pain, right glute med tendinopathy + some ITB / Iliotibial Band Syndrome symptoms), Pembs Prep, another catch up with Val, more apple collecting, a great update from dad on his jaundice.

Beautiful day.

Home to Ewyas Harold: Top Sheep
Home to Ewyas Harold: Top Sheep

Pilates in the evening – getting back into the gym routine, even if it’s only for a couple of weeks.


Having failed to book onto the morning gym classes, Wednesday was more admin, mainly money – I’m still working out my “being retired cash flows” – and we had our catch up with Carol. Also some Nepal prep – working out paying, online tourist visa (bearing in mind the max 15 days in advance constraint) and checking eBay for Expedition grade down jackets….

Over to J’s for dinner in the evening. Lovely. On my way there, I spooked an owl down by Blackmoor Farm.

A very rainy day.


Thursday morning featured LBT at the Gym and Chutney Transport Box pick up from the shop, then back home to finish off weeknotes 197, which also entailed fully Flickring Italy photos.


More gym on Friday morning, a petrol fill up at the Forge, more computing (I forget what), then off to Pembs for Everest Trek Get Together No. 19, picking up Hazel at Carmarthen en route to Mayhem where Steffi supplied a Greek Feast as a change from the usual Curries. Replete, Dave drove us to the van and we polished off a bottle of wine.

The heavy rain had cleared to sunshine on the drive west.

Steffi spotted Starlink low on the horizon. It was that or anti alien tracer fire….


Saturday’s walk was the Marloes Circular, with sunshine, seals and a super lunch at Runwayskiln.

Strava Map: Marloes Circular
Strava Map: Marloes Circular
Marloes Circular: Seals
Marloes Circular: Seals
Marloes Circular: Runwayskiln lunch
Marloes Circular: Runwayskiln lunch

Back at the van, a cup of tea then down to the beach for a gorgeous sunset.

Magic sunset, Newgale Beach
Magic sunset, Newgale Beach

Once darkness had descended, we relaxed in the van where wine and crisps were followed by cheese and biscuits, fruit and wine. And bed.


Mandatory Sunday morning stroll on Newgale Beach, then back to Mayhem for Mexican! Lovely sunny day. Cold and crisp overnight and in the shade. October has arrived.

Newgale Beach
Newgale Beach

Home by 6pm, got the log stove going – first time this year (well since the spring at any rate).


It had been cold overnight, so on Monday morning we put the heating on. First time…

A couple of hours prepping (these) weeknotes and updating already-flickred photos (Pembs and previous) and doing my new physio exercises, then out to bonfire.

Slow going, and very smoky, but over the next 6 hours or so I got through the three piles of hedge clippings and the older pile(s) of tree / shrub loppings. During the marathon session Phil brought my lunch out to me and laid on the 4pm tea and biscuit on the patio. I was done by 5pm-ish, give or take a few extra bramble cuttings.

Bonfire: Almost all done
Bonfire: Almost all done

In between times I trimmed the broken branches I could reach on our Wedding Plum, deconstructed the old, broken deck chair in the quarry and repurposed it as compost heap “fence” and refreshed the bait in the rodent trap – something had moved the box and dug a path to it; hopefully rats as the bait was all gone.

Listened to a lot of the Empire podcast episodes.

Got my Disney+ subscription up and running in the evening and started The Mandalorian.


The days are definitely drawing in. Dawn colours lingering over Grey Valley at 7.30am, and getting dark by 6pm.


TV: Fleabag, The Ghosts cast on the show’s final series | BFI Q&A (plus the Comic Relief Kylie Special and Bloopers on YouTube), This Farming Life, The Mandalorian.

Podcasts: In Our Time, Shedunnit, Empire.


Photos: Herefordshire week 198 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2023-10-15.

Herefordshire Week 184: Tuesday 04 – Monday 10 July 2023

Pembrokeshire mini break: walking, painting, eating & drinking.

Caerfai Bay to Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream: The Three Amigas
Caerfai Bay to Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream: The Three Amigas

Tuesday morning, to Haverfordwest to meet up with M&M for Venezuelan brunch at the Haverhub. Our first foray into the town itself – our previous stops have always been supermarket-focused. Bigger than expected!

Full of Venezuelan arepas we drove south to Bosherton and parked in the cafe (aka Mrs Weston’s As Was) car park – it’s £2 for non patrons, handy to know that’s an option when the main car park is full, which it was.

We did the Bosherton Lily Ponds & Stackpole Quay Circuit: Lily Ponds – Broad Haven – Coast to Stackpole Head, Barafundle Bay & Stackpole Quay – over the Park fields to the Eight Arch Bridge – back around more of the Lily Ponds. Cool and cloudy but no rain.

Bosherton Lily Ponds & Stackpole Quay Circuit: The Eight Arch Bridge
Bosherton Lily Ponds & Stackpole Quay Circuit: The Eight Arch Bridge

Distance: 6 miles
Walking Time: 2h 10 mins
Elapsed Time: 2h 40 mins
Elevation Gain: 582 ft

Returning north toward H’West we were driving towards blue skies. Screwfix for deck painting kit and Lidl for supplies. G&Ts out on the decking under sunny skies – lovely.

Drinks & Nibbles, Newgale
Drinks & Nibbles, Newgale

Mexican wraps for dinner.


Wednesday was designated deck painting day! We had a mix of blue skies and clouds – no rain though and not too hot – perfect for painting Steffi’s new decking with wood preserver. We were done by 1.30pm, including a tea / coffee break in between completing the spindles and bannisters and starting on the decking floor.

Me painting the decking
Me painting the decking

Lunch inside then out to walk Southwood Estate (short version to avoid possible cow encounters) and for another stroll on Newgale Beach, this time at even lower tide and with more time exploring the rock pools. All under blue skies and sunshine. Gorgeous.

Southwood Estate & Newgale Beach
Southwood Estate & Newgale Beach
Southwood Estate & Newgale Beach
Southwood Estate & Newgale Beach

Distance: 5.3 miles
Walking Time: 1h 55 mins
Elapsed Time: 2h 15 mins
Elevation Gain: 1,005 ft

Back at base by 5pm.

Prosecco. Crisps. Olives. Carrot sticks and the last of the dips. Garlic bread. Pasta. Bed 🙂


Thursday started late but we were parked in St Davids and heading off to walk the coast path from Caerfai Bay to Whitesands by 10am. Coffee and carrot cake at Porthclais, lunch at the usual spot (the old copper mine works looking out over the tidal race to Ramsay Island), St Justinians, Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream. No porpoises but we did have oyster catchers and rock pigeons, and an adder at St Non’s Stone Stile.

Caerfai Bay to Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream: Porthclais
Caerfai Bay to Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream: Porthclais
Caerfai Bay to Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream: Approaching Whitesands
Caerfai Bay to Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream: Approaching Whitesands
Strava Map & Graph: Caerfai Bay to Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream
Strava Map & Graph: Caerfai Bay to Whitesands and back into St Davids for ice cream

Distance: 12.3 miles
Walking Time: 4h 15 mins
Elapsed Time 5h 40 mins
Elevation Gain: 1,155 ft

We were home by 4.30pm just as the wind picked up and the rain began.

Fish & chips / Breaded mushrooms & chips / Sausage, chips & beans from the Back Lane Chippy for tea. Early to bed (again).


Friday saw us return to St Davids, this time on the 09.30 T11 bus from Newgale Bridge. Grey clouds, cool, v windy for the walk south from Caerfai to Solva. We stopped for lunch at The Cambrian Inn… and watched the last of the cloud clear to leave blue skies and a very, very sunny afternoon for the remainder of the coast walk back to Newgale. We lucked out on the tides again and headed down to the beach at Pen-y-Cwm rather than doing the final climb up and over the headland.

St Davids - Solva - Newgale: Solva
St Davids – Solva – Newgale: Solva
St Davids - Solva - Newgale
St Davids – Solva – Newgale
St Davids - Solva - Newgale
St Davids – Solva – Newgale
St Davids - Solva - Newgale: Panorama
St Davids – Solva – Newgale: Panorama
St Davids - Solva - Newgale
St Davids – Solva – Newgale
Strava Map & Graph: St Davids - Solva - Newgale
Strava Map & Graph: St Davids – Solva – Newgale

Distance: 12.4 miles
Walking Time: 4h 30 mins
Elapsed Time 7h 40 mins
Elevation Gain: 1,823 ft

Ice cream / pints to celebrate the almost end of the walk, then back to the van.

Hot hot hot. Too hot to sit out on the deck. Hoovered, did the recycling, showered. Breeze outside meant it was nice and cool inside.

Cheers!
Cheers!

Tidied up leftovers for tea. Turns out yesterday’s chips revive brilliantly in an air fryer….

Lots of rabbits! And swallows whizzing around overhead.


Saturday morning = packing up, final clean, recycling & rubbish, then driving back to Forty Acres. I drove H, C & P into Hereford for lunch at Zizzi’s and to drop off H at the station, after we all got caught in the downpour getting pork pie and burgers from Neil Powell’s.

C & I spent the remainder of the afternoon relaxing in the conservatory as the rain sporadically hammered down until it was time for the football for C (Under 21 European Championship Final) and reading for me – happily devouring Fanfare’s discussion of Ted Lasso season 3. I’m at the forgiveness and mercy end of the Nate redemption arc. And Jade as restaurant staff deliberately gives nothing away to the many many punters who she must have to engage with rather than having nothing to give away.

After tea in the conservatory we watched The Friday Crossword Masterclass from Cracking the Cryptic on YouTube. If you’re on the fence when it comes to crosswords, it’s worth a watch. Particularly as the one we watched was the day after a lot of drinking the night before for Simon Anthony…. we are all human!


On Sunday we waved Catherine off on her drive home then pottered until it was time to pick up Sue from Hereford station in the evening. It’s all go here! Heavy rain on and off all afternoon.


Admin on Monday morning mainly catching up on weeknotes and Flickring photos (although Flickr was down a lot so that took some time). Army camp busy. Very wet again. More computing in the afternoon, including making a start on a Blurb Book for my Nepal 2022 trek.

I saw the nuthatch on the bird feeder. AND A SQUIRREL HAS WORKED OUT HOW TO GET INSIDE THE SQUIRREL-PROOF BIRD FEEDER. Yes, that merits ALL CAPS. GRRRRRR.


TV: The Friday Crossword Masterclass from Cracking the Cryptic (YouTube), Bridge of Spies.

Podcasts: The Forum, Empire, The Essay, Shedunnit, The Memory Palace.


Photos: Herefordshire week 184 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2023-07-09.

Herefordshire Week 183: Tuesday 27 June – Monday 03 July 2023

Oxford, Highnam, Aconbury Camp & Athelstan’s Wood, and Pembrokeshire.

Drinks on the Decking
Drinks on the Decking

Monday’s flat tyre meant I needed to rejig my Tuesday plans a bit, so that I could take the car to Bernie Jones’ for some new front tyres. I had already bought an entrance ticket and train tickets to Oxford to visit the Labyrinth exhibition at The Ashmolean Museum, and luckily the exhibition ticket was for the early afternoon so I had time to get a later train.

GWR’s new timetable appears to have given up on most of the direct Hereford-Paddington services, so instead the journey requires a change in Worcester from WMR to GWR which makes for a much longer journey, and carries the inherent risks of dealing with two separate TOCs. On the plus side, the last minute advance First Class ticket was cheaper than the Standard so at least I got some complimentary refreshments on the Worcester to Oxford leg, which put me into a better mood.

I didn’t think much of the exhibition though. Bit of a waste of a day.


Another outing on Wednesday, this time on a group trip with dad and Jean to visit Highnam Court gardens and Highnam church. VWW once I got home.

Highnam Court
Highnam Court

Thursday was a rare day at home, although it did feature tea and catch up with A in the morning. Mowed in the afternoon (getting a stack of insect bites in the process – and they itched for days) and then got the garden railway track and other dad railway related stuff down out of the loft and cleaned it up. Too much and too tired to inventory it, so I’ll need to reschedule my visit to Hereford Model Centre. Caught up with RG over Zoom, with beer and Bombay mix, then dinner and telly.


I had my first class at GV gym on Friday morning – Stretch with Caz – then home for a quick tidy up my office ahead of H using the guest room elements tomorrow (she and C arriving for our Pembs minibreak) before heading out into Hereford again – tip, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and B&Q for Pembs Purchases, plus fresh cheese supplies for J&J’s party tomorrow.

In the evening, we wrapped up Ted Lasso series 3. Just right. And pizza too.


I decided not to do the Elan Valley walk on Saturday – 90 mins each way would have made the evening plans a bit too much of a rush. So I pottered until lunchtime when Hazel and Catherine arrived. We lunched out on the patio, sat and chatted, checked out the newts and the fish, strolled around the grounds.

In the evening we all walked to Kerrys Gate for J&J’s party. A lovely sociable evening. We returned under an almost full moon, clear skies. No need for torches.


Sunday breakfast then to Little Birch for the GVWC Aconbury Camp and Athelstan’s Wood Figure of Eight walk.

Strava Map & Graph: GVWC Aconbury Camp and Athelstan's Wood Figure of Eight
Strava Map & Graph: GVWC Aconbury Camp and Athelstan’s Wood Figure of Eight

Distance: 7 miles
Walking Time: 2h 34 mins
Elapsed Time: 3h 30 mins
Elevation Gain: 944 ft

Nice route and we managed to follow the path through the broad bean field. Over 20 there and 5 dogs made for quite a slow pace so it was 2pm before we were home for a late lunch.

GVWC: Aconbury Camp and Athelstan's Wood Figure of Eight - Through the Bean Field
GVWC: Aconbury Camp and Athelstan’s Wood Figure of Eight – Through the Bean Field

Lovely drive to Pembs via Hay and Brecon, once we had Tetris-ed everything into C’s car. Gorgeous sunny evening – perfect for a glass of wine on the deck before dinner.


Monday was cool and cloudy after heavy rain overnight, and very windy, so we settled for a long stroll on the beach south to explore the rock pools. Out in St Brides Bay a kite surfer was making the most of the surf and the wind and a few folks were heading out with surf boards.

Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire
Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire

With the tide on the way out we walked north to Pen-y-Cwm Beach and back over the headland for views of Newgale Beach …. and a couple of pints at the Duke of Ed. Thatput paid to our plans to do the Southwood Estate walk in the afternoon.

Super sunset.

Newgale sunset
Newgale sunset

In garden news – I have a pea pod!

A Pea!
A Pea!

… and a cucumber big enough to pick!

Cucumbers!
Cucumbers!

TV: Ted Lasso (finished season 3 – a bit baggy in places but still lovely).

Podcasts:  History Extra, The Forum, Empire, The Essay.


Photos: Herefordshire week 183 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2023-07-02.

Herefordshire Week 179: Tuesday 30 May 2023 – Monday 05 June 2023

To Pembrokeshire for Everest Trek Get Together No. 18. This autumn’s Nepal trek comes into focus. Frogs!

Newgale Beach
Newgale Beach

Tuesday morning, cool and breezy, a good time for admin: weeknotes, banking, emails, flights…. The morning brightened and I had time to rake some of the mown grass into more readily collectable lines and piles before lunch, and to take the ride on mower for a grass collecting (and more cutting!!) spin after. Just enough petrol….

We also topped up the pond with the 4 buckets of tap water we’d left standing for 24 hours to let the chlorine out.

Strawberries from the greenhouse for pudding at dinner.


Quite cold on Wednesday. Good for indoor jobs, and for an afternoon outing to Tescos. Second top up of the pond. More strawberries from the greenhouse for dinner.

The cool and cloudy weather continued on Thursday. Phil and I booked our Turin hotel for September’s trip, then on to more computer admin for the rest of the morning. I ought to feel like I’d achieved more.

In the afternoon – sunny, of course – I had my last under-the-radar 1-2-1 session with my LW successor. Good luck PH! P’s weekend guest, D, arrived and we had dinner in the conservatory before I headed on on a fast drive to AGV to collect H. Back for cheese and wine.


Another cool and cloudy start to Friday. P made two fresh loaves and we ate half of one for breakfast. Yum Yum. P and D headed out to walk Tremorithic while H and I waited for the courier to collect my work  IT kit… in vain.

Just before lunch, as the sun came out, dad arrived with 2 bags charcoal ahead of the Annual Birthdays Party BBQ later this month, soon followed by D&G and P&D. Time for a potter around the garden, primarily to check on newts and tadpoles / froglets / frogs, then lunch on the patio. Lovely.

Mid-afternoon, D, G, H and I set off for Pembs taking the Bredwardine / Bridge Sollers route to avoid the Hay Festival. A gorgeous afternoon – blue skies and sunshine. Nice to be able to look out of the window; I’m usually driving.

We arrived at Steffi’s around 6.30pm. Gs&Ts on the deck waiting for CN to arrive – the M4 route turned out to be a bit rough – then the usual fantastic Friday night curry feast.

Then to the (still new) caravan!


Fantastic weather all weekend. Perfect for walking. Perfect for al fresco eating and (moderate) drinking.

On Saturday we caught the fflecsi bus Steffi had booked to Strumble Head and walked the Strumble Head Circular: 8.82 miles, elevation gain 1,460 ft; lunch at the memorial to the last invasion of mainland Britain; lots of wild flowers; TWO seals!

Strumble Head Circular: Strumble Head Lighthouse
Strumble Head Circular: Strumble Head Lighthouse
Seal!
Seal!

And on the return fflecsi, our driver was all set to drive us all the way back to the caravan until we convinced him we were fine walking up the final hill.

Back at base, drinks on the decking, dinner inside, wonderful sunset.

Sunset
Sunset

The glorious weather continued on Sunday. Breakfast outside, a stroll on the golden sands of Newgale Beach at low tide, then back to Steffi’s for one of Maurice’s wonderful, table-filling Sunday lunches.

Sunny Sunday Breakfast on the decking
Sunny Sunday Breakfast on the decking

D&G drove me home, dropping off H at Carmarthen for the new direct train service to London. Back at 40A we found Phil & D had done some scything, the first of the year. Much easier than last year, Phil says.


Bit of a blue day Monday. Pembs took a bit out of (introvert) me, plus arranged to see JC when we’re in Birmingham in July and planning to visit Temple Fields.

On the plus side, I bought flights to Kathmandu for our Oct/Nov trek. And prepped and published my Where Next: Kangchenjunga & Lumba Sumba blogpost.

It warmed up in the afternoon.

Phil did some more scything.

Phil scything
Phil scything

In the small pond I spotted fully formed (small) frogs, together with froglets (front and back legs, but still with a tail) and the younger generation still at tadpole stage.

Frog(let)s in the small pond: A more mature specimen, with no tail left
Frog(let)s in the small pond: A more mature specimen, with no tail left – centre of the photograph

Phil watched the Apple Keynote in the early evening. I’m all good to buy my Mac Mini. Thank heavens.


TV: Poker Face (finished season 1), Colin From Accounts (not for me), The Gallows Pole.

Podcasts: History Extra, Anglo-Saxon England, Empire.


Photos: Herefordshire week 179 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2023-06-04.