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Andy get’s arty! - Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir #sculptureculture #Hull2017 @gormley_art @2017Hull

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

and that’s Arty!

To get my steps up this lunchtime, I went for a walk around the University of Hull campus listening to music on my iPhone using my AirPods and followed the sculpture trail, as part of the Hull City of Culture gig, An exhibition of life-sized sculptures of human figures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir is placed around the campus. The sculptures are here until 8th October 2017, so plenty of time to see them yet.

More info of the sculpture trail is available here, here’s a photo of the sculptures around the campus.

An exhibition of life-sized sculptures of human figures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir

An exhibition of life-sized sculptures of human figures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir

It does remind me of a lot of the sculptors by  Antony Gormley, you know that bloke that did the Angel of the North and other stuff!

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No Digital SLR, No macro lens, no special lighting, Just and old Google Nexus 4 droid smartphone, and some Patience! - A Common Toad!

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

In the dark this evening, I spotted a Common Toad - Bufo bufo

So grabbed my smartphone and took a snap…I thought you would like to see it…

Marks out of 10 ?

Common Toad - Bufo bufo

Common Toad - Bufo bufo (click for full image)

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Frith’s Gift!

Friday, March 11th, 2016



“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies.


“And whenever they catch you, they will kill you.


“But first, they must catch you…


“…digger, listener, runner.


“Prince with the swift warren.


“Be cunning and full of tricks…


“…and your people will never be destroyed. ”

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Happy Halloween 2015

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

In an Andysworld yearly tradition, Happy Halloween, and Welcome To The Great Pumpkin Massacre of 2015. I’ve been growing my large Atlantic pumpkin this year, which weighed just short of 10kg, I’m afraid I lost to my work colleague, who’s pumpkin weighed in at 17kg! So freshly picked from the allotment this morning, and slaughtered and carved this evening!

Fresh pumpkin on the allotment

Fresh pumpkin on the allotment

Fresh pumpkin on the allotment

Fresh pumpkin on the allotment

It has been rubbish weather this year for growing pumpkins, and very few fruits, set correctly, this was the only one, early in the year.

Slaughtered, and carved!

Slaughtered, and carved!

Slaughtered, and carved in the dark!

Slaughtered, and carved in the dark!

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Summer’s End

Friday, September 18th, 2015

At Summer’s End, as the Autumnal Equinox approaches (23 September 2015), the butterflies grab a last nectar bite, before the Buddleia Davidii stops flowering, when the day is warm, and the sun is out. Here are a few snaps I took with my age-ing (2013) Google Nexus 4 running Android 5.x something, unedited, not tampered with, straight off the phone, just shrunk an reduced in size. (as I’m often asked, what digital SLR, and macro lens did I use - Answer NONE!)

You can see by the tatty wings on these butterflies, these are old butterflies….

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Partial Eclipse of the Sun on the top of Arras Hill (Weighton Wold)

Friday, March 20th, 2015

On the way to work, this morning, I took some pictures on the top of Arras Hill (Weighton Wold), 146 metres above sea level, at the triangulation point at Grid SE 91077 41626.

It got very cold, as the sun disappeared behind the moon.






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Back from India and the Kingdom of Bhutan

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Just returned from a month in India and Bhutan, so here is a taster of photographs to come…




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Bee Hives in the Snow Feb 2015

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Snow in the "Shire"!

Snow in the "Shire"!

Second time this year, that it’s snowed. so went down to the apiary, to check on the bees, and took some photos in the glorious sunshine.


Andy's Apiary

The colonies were treated by vaporising with oxalic acid crystals, one week ago, to reduce the levels of phoretic varroa destructor mites, which at this time of year are actually living on the honey bees (Apis mellifera), because my colonies are broodless at present.

The varroa destructor mite was introduced into the UK, in 1992, honey bees (Apis mellifera) have no natural defence to it, and we need to check regularly, as part of our integrated pest management, to ensure the levels are kept low, it cannot be completely eradicated (yet!), over populations of varroa destructor, can lead to colony collapse, it’s also a vector for disease and viruses in  honey bees (Apis mellifera). Varroa destructor reproduce by female mite enters the brood cell, with bee larva, just before the cell is capped, and lays her eggs on the bee larva, when the cell is uncapped, out come the young mites. So, no brood, no larva, all the mites on on the bees, so an easy target to treat, hence why we treat in broodless periods, between November - February.

How do we know, they have mites, we use a sticky inspection board, inserted into the bottom of the hive, the mites drop off the bees, and stick on the board, and then we count them! (yes they can easily be seen with the naked eye!).

sticky inspection board to count varroa destructor mites

sticky inspection board to count varroa destructor mites, brownish spot = mite !

a close up of some varroa destructor mites

a close up of some varroa destructor mites

close up varroa destructor mites, you can see their legs or mouth parts

close up varroa destructor mites, you can see their legs or mouth parts

and I added 2.5kg of ambrosia fondant to each hive. (An insurance policy, to prevent them starving - to help feed them during the winter period), and they are securely lashed down, using hive straps.


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O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015


O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;

The easiest way to get out of the house, recycle and dispose of it!

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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, No cards this year, Money donated to WaterAid!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I’ve been struggling with a dilemma for many years, on the distribution and needless spend on Christmas Cards at Christmas time each year, this also fueled by the increase costs in posting a Christmas card in the UK,  currently -  (1st Class letter stamp is 62p, and a 2nd Class letter stamp is 53p), I’ll not be adding to Royal Mail’s Profits this year!

After visiting many countries including Africa, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and India, where people in the world don’t have access to safe water. I’ve now made my decision.

This year, I will NOT be sending out Christmas Cards, and the money normally spent on cards and postage is being donated to Water Aid.

Please do not be offended if you do not receive a Christmas Card, but be joyous in the thanks, that the money has gone to provide safe drinking water to those in need, this Christmas!

Here is a virtual one instead….


and let me takes this opportunity to Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from Andy, Lindsey, Esther, Angus and Tilly!


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