Camouflage

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This morning I posted my fourth photograph in the Filling Facebook with Nature project.

Carp abstract

This is it. It first featured in A Squabble of Seagulls on 14th March 2014.

Throughout the night torrential rain fell on the South East of England bringing widespread flash floods, especially to the London area. This put the trains out of action and prevented my journeying to Waterloo to meet Norman. The rain, which was to return later, left off this morning, which we spent tidying up, including staking up sodden roses.

Raindrops on drooping poppiesRaindrops on poppy

Many of our plants, like these poppies, were so heavily waterlogged that their stems were broken and their heads drooped.

Raindrops on sweet pea

Sweet peas

Raindrops on white climbing rose

and the white climber on the Gothic Arch were able to cling to their supports;

Shield bug on clematis

and this shield bug took shelter on a half-closed clematis.

This afternoon we visited our polling station in Milford on Sea to place our votes in the EU Referendum. All Saints Church, which dates from Norman times, was next door, so

All Saints Churchyrd 1

we walked through the churchyard

All Saints Church 1All Saints Church nave

to visit the place of worship.

Robin on gravestone 1

I was not the only visitor wandering among the ancient tombs.

Robin on gravestone 2

Do you see my camouflaged young companion?

Robin on gravestone 3

Here he is.

Afterwards we travelled to Lidl where we loaded up what seemed like half a ton of compost and the inevitable couple of hanging baskets.

Jackie served her incredibly creamy mashed potato with the last of the beef stew this evening. This was followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard for me, with cream for her. She drank sparkling water and I drank Bordeaux Supérieur appellation controlée, 2014.

Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs

64 thoughts on “Camouflage

    1. The area where they are still interring remains (probably ashes from cremations) was very floriferous, however in the area in the photographs the dates (where legible) where 1800’s and earlier, probably no relatives left to leave flowers. I know what you mean tho’, it would look better with a flower bed or two!

  1. Your after rain photos always remind me of a line in a Chinese poem – 梨花一枝春帶雨 (like) a stem of pear blossoms in spring, draped with rain – that describes a lady in tears.

      1. They’re closely related to our blackbirds (Turdus merula: I’m no Linnaeus-geek, this is just one I happen to know) but with red breast and belly, hence European settlers labelling them robins. I think North America does have birds similar in shape/size to our robins, but not sure what they are.

  2. Sorry about the torrential rain. Hope the right number of people got to the polls for the right decision (whatever that may be). The little robin is just perfect. May your garden soon recover.

  3. What an impressive looking church and a poor little wet robin. I’m sure most of your plants will survive even though they look rather sorrowful at the moment. Lucky you to have sweet peas. One of my favourite flowers from my childhood.

    1. It was a lovely church, parts of it dating back to 1080’s, so full of history you could feel it!

  4. Your poor garden. That must have been some rain storm.
    Hopefully your flowers will pick up their sodden heads as they dry out.

    We’re down to 10C (50F), hail & thunder today. Quite cold for Melbourne, although it usually gets pretty cold at night in mid-winter.

  5. I am reading that what we call a robin in the US is a sort of thrush. That’s such a pretty bird, and you caught him just so.

    That is such a lovely church. I don’t travel out of the country but when I go to other towns, I always seek out churches with the doors open

  6. Too much rain can be just as bad as too little, and I hope the rain lets up so that your flowers can recover. Still, you got wonderful shots—the bird, the graveyard. Very nice!

  7. The tomb stones really are a magnificent sight. And one wonders how Britain will feel in the morning after the celebrations/commiserations have finished.

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