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busy week, working-saturday, sambucus nigra
A busy and exhausting week. Also, lots of rain. Though this has meant that the pond has filled up again. It had dropped considerably in the spring. Working-Saturday - the weekend begins at 4 pm! Love the budding Sambucas Nigra, or Common Elder.

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trip to yorkshire, lovely evening with family, mum and dad's grave, university of bradford welcome, carillon magic, poem
Midweek, I drove to Yorkshire to assess a Latin American collection at the University of Bradford library. I stayed the night with relatives - what a lovely evening - and visited my parents' grave. It was the first time I had returned to the grave since my ...

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paul's scarlet, castle mill stream, brrrr!, log fire
Walked along Castle Mill Stream at the southern end of Port Meadow this morning on my way to work. The Paul's Scarlet mays are out. This one is always especially vivid. An exceptionally cold May day, though. Never warmed up - till, that is, I got home and l...

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punting, time flown, duke of yorks up
Went punting yesterday for the first time in twenty-or-so years. It was fantastic! Even though there was a chilly breeze. Found a sheltered spot beside the water meadows just up river from Wolfson College. Delicious lunch at the Cherwell Boathouse afterward...

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dexters in raleigh park, complete with crow
The cattle have been turned out in Raleigh Park. Not quite sure what breed they are but I think they're black Dexters . There were a number of them lolling about as I walked down the hill. There was a crow pecking at one of the bullock's backs and as I appr...
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