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Holiday Photos 2015 - 2017 (at last!) - I told you I’d get round to it!

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

This blog post is long overdue, and it’s to notify you that I have now fully updated the Holiday Photograph Album, to include the holiday photographs we’ve taken on the following holidays from March 2015 to August 2017. If you are interested in looking at our photographs, there are a few….(and a special treat the Reviewer - Lindsey has included a few photos of herself, which is a rare treat!)

I’ll also include some written ”narration” because I’ve removed Lindsey’s catalog numbers, the link above will take you directly to the album if you want to go direct to the photos for specific holidays, click below

1. India & Bhutan (Feb/March 2015)

(Photos in this order - Delhi, Wagah, Amritsar, McLeod Ganj, Shimla, Kurseong, Darjeeling, Thimpu, Dochula Pass, Punakha, Punakha Tshechu, Paro, Tigers Nest, Kaziranga NP, Gatoonga Tea Estate, Kolkata)

2. Spain - Barcelona my jolly to VMworld (Sept 2015) - just me!


Just a few snaps of interesting things in Barcelona.

3. Jordan (March 2016 Postponed due to Accident)

4. Spain - Malaga, Cordoba, Seville, Granada (Sept 2016)

(Photos in this order - Malaga, Cordoba, Seville, Granada)

5. Jordan - (March 2017)

(Photos in this order - Amman, Jerash, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Shoback, Little Petra, Petra Day 1, Petra Day 2, Wadirum, Dead sea, East Desert Castles).

I have got an excuse, as you know I was involved in a car accident in 2016, which delayed me completing the album, and it does take a lot of work, as I have to resample all the photos, and manually code the website, and that involves my brain and some JAVA! (not coffee, computer programming!), and the computer the code was on has failed!

Anyway another Task on the To Do List - Completed!

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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….

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria ssp. tircis

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria ssp. tircis

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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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