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Monday, 24 November 2008


1. Never wear a skirt in a North East Wind. 2. Never wear a skirt which will drag in the mud. 3. Never explore the edge of a bank when the ground is slippy and wet. 4. Never take photos of flowers when they can't keep still. 5. Never take photos at all when the wind is shaking the camera and your hands are red, so red and cold you can't feel the 'take now' button and have to guess.
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(Advice I don't follow.)
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So . . . there I was . . . the wind was shrieking, I was cold, the reeds were flapping and bending . . . I'd gone out with a theory but the theory was blowing away . . . (never mind the theory) . . . what could I see that was out of the gale? (Well, not a gale exactly but . . . .)
I stuck my phone down a hole and round the corner; a burrow. Don't know who lives there but . . . see that? I'll ask Esther - is that how they grow parsnips and carrots on Mars?
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Badger setts are like towns - and I knew there was an ancient one a short distance away. It would have been better if I hadn't been looking for it along a narrow, muddy, puddle-filled, falling-down-the-bank kind of path. It would have been easier to find if the entrances hadn't been hidden by the reeds - because there are better ways to find a badger's front door than by falling through its overhanging porch. (My hip and leg still ache.) It would have been better too if the sun had been shining in the right direction. It would have been better as well if it had not kept going behind a cloud. On the other hand . . . there's not much sun in a badger's tunnel to start with . . . so, hoping everyone was fast asleep (they're big and they're fierce and they bite) I stuck my phone into the hole. (If I'd dropped it, it would have slid to the centre of the earth and that would have been the end of this blog but . . . .)
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Next . . . off to the unsightly red fungus. That would be out of the wind.
It has faded and shrunk. But the shrinkage means I can get my phone underneath with the lens facing up. (Fun this. A conventional camera wouldn't have slid between it and the ground. And no human eye could have peered there.) Hello woodlice! (One seems to have come apart in the middle. How?)
A sharp bit of undergrowth has pierced the fungus's belly and grown right into it. You can see the bruise.
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Another time, I'll tell you what I'd really gone out to look for.
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inadvertentfarmer said...

ROFL...I just cleaned the barn out and thought THAT was an adventure but I didn't have to deal with the wind, and woodlice, and a skirt! Very good rules to follow!

Fun post, Kim

Shibaguyz said...

We quite often wear our Utilikilts while gardening and exploring and we will concur... our rule is NEVER wear a Utilikilt on a windy day without the "modesty snaps" closed. Maybe that is something you could try sewing into your skirts... some sort of ties or snaps that would convert them into a more manageable exploration attire. hhhmmmm...

Lucy said...

Hello Inadvertant Farmer

You know, I think a woodlouse is a lot easier to deal with than a camel!


Lucy said...

Hello Shibaguyz

Wouldn't Utilikilts with Modesty Snaps simply be . . . er . . . trousers?


Blossom said...

Ho, ho! Yes, skirts on a windy day...bad idea :) Now I'm just trying to figure out if those Utilikilts are real or a joke :)

Philip Bewley said...

badger burrows, woodlice,pierced fungus, skirts flying, It is always great fun to take a walk with you! Yopu never know what you will find!

Heather said...

This is great - I love the idea of sticking your camera phone down holes :))

Frances said...

Hi Lucy, what an adventurer you are armed against the biting badgers with your trusty cellphone! The whole tale reminds us of Alice and Wonderland. Who knows what you might have found if you slipped into the hole, or chased your dropped phone rather than the cat! Love it.

Cinj said...

LOL. Hmm, that skirt thing? Sounds TOTALLY like me!

I wonder if the badgers could have figured out how to use a dropped cell phone. I suppose it's not an experiment I'd like to attempt though. Those are great pictures from a cell phone!

LadyFi said...

Only wear skirts on warm calm sunny days, I say! Don't know how the Scots managed it with kilts...

Love the photos...

Barbee' said...

Great post, I love it!!

meili_lo said...

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Lucy said...

Blossom - the Shibaguyz even have a Utilikilt video!


Lucy said...


I'm not sure woodlice are tremendously exciting in person.