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Life and Travel in Great Britain

No rest for the wicked!


One problem, I've discovered, with having a web site which includes photographs is that the less honest among us take photographs from the web site and use them for their own purposes without permission. smilies

Last year I caught the Daily Mail, a British daily paper, using a photograph from my web site, for an article without even crediting the photograph with my name. We did, however, sort that out amicably.

Then I find the BBC web site has done the same and again that was sorted amicably and the picture now has my name underneath.

I discovered another of my pictures on a Travel web site being passed off by someone else as their own and complained to the site which then removed the picture.

I have just discovered that the same person, on the same travel web site, is passing off another of my pictures as their own. This time they appear to have altered two small parts of the picture with image manipulation software in a rather crude manner in an attempt to disguise it. They failed! I still recognised it as mine.

They also included another picture, not one of mine, also crudely changed in an attempt to disguise it which they also had taken off the internet. I traced the original and informed the copyright holders.

I have no doubt that there are others which I have not yet discovered but, never fear, Sherlock is on the trail. smilies

A short visit to Maldon

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The weather today was mostly cloudy with the occasional flash of sun coupled with a very strong wind – not a gale but strong enough.

I drove to Maldon, Essex, parked in a car park next to the canal, and walked along the path by the River Chelmer and took two pictures during an all too brief sunny spell.

Maldon and the River Chelmer
On the picture above you should be able to see some boats moored on the far side of the bridge. They can’t get any higher up the river as the masts won’t go under the bridge. Possibly also a picture for the Cloud Appreciation Society.

Maldon and the River Chelmer

Then I went back via a village called Wickham Bishops to have a look in Sparkey Wood. Amanda, my wife, had seen lots of bluebells there last year and I was hoping to take some photographs this year but I was out of luck. I was obviously too late as the bluebells had gone to seed. Oh well try again next year.

I did see a large Wood Ants nest positively seething with ants. Amanda had already warned me that if I stood still for any length of time I would probably find that they were crawling up my legs – and they bite! So I didn’t stop for long.

Head in the clouds

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Now I've seen everything! Did you know that there is a Cloud Appreciation Society in this country? That's very appropriate really as we do have a lot of them – clouds I mean.

Today we have a grey uniform all-over cloud cover which I don't appreciate but perhaps somebody somewhere does.

Barking mad!

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I wasn’t anticipating making an entry today but surprises happen.

We were both woken at dawn this morning by a Muntjac deer barking not far from our open bedroom window. It gave one bark about every 3-5 seconds and the little blighter must have kept going for twenty minutes. For those of you who have not heard one it makes a sound which is a cross between a bark and a scream – a bit like the call of a dog fox.

I could quite happily have throttled it. 👿

It did stop eventually but it was followed shortly after by a thunder storm. What do they say – ‘No rest for the wicked’ ?

The weather forecast for today is ‘Sun and Showers’. It is comfortably warm and we have just had breakfast in the garden.

It’s nice to know!


I’ve just had an email from someone who has done the High Beach Walk in Epping Forest and enjoyed it. That’s the second person who has told me they’ve done the walk and haven’t got lost which is nice to know. I could have been, inadvertantly, sending people into the depths of the forest to their doom. 😳

One of the disadvantages of running a web site is that of the many thousands of visitors it has each week very, very few take the trouble to contact me to say they found it useful or that they liked it.

Orchids galore!

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The weather today has been gorgeous – warm, dry and sunny. I walked to a local meadow to see if the Green Winged Orchids were flowering and they certainly were.

There were three separate areas which were covered in orchids and they looked spectacular. I went only as far as the entrance gate because the ground was really waterlogged, after about three days of rain, and I was wearing sandals which are not especially waterproof. smilies

Green Winged orchids

Whilst I was leaning on the gate two Muntjac deer appeared on the left-hand side of the meadow and walked slowly across to the right-hand hedge and disappeared. If they saw me they obviously weren't worried about it.

That was a worthwhile 10 minute walk.

Our next trip

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Our next ‘staying away’ trip is planned for next month and will be the first this year. We will be going to Norwich in Norfolk for a week and our accommodation is now booked for Monday 12th – Monday 19th June.

Our hotel is on the western edge of the city centre and the distance from there to the opposite edge of the city centre is only a mile so it should be relatively easy to get to most locations.

I believe that the hotel provides broadband access to guests so if that is the case then I shall try to update this blog fairly frequently during the trip and include the occasional picture.

I’ve not been to Norwich before and am looking forward to seeing some of the sights – the cathedral and river, what’s left of the old city walls, Elm Hill ( a picturesque cobbled medieval street) and so on. We also hope to travel outside of the city to see the coast and the Broads.

My only problem will be the weather. Pictures taken in cloudy weather never look as nice as those taken in sunshine. This is England after all. Last Thursday and Friday were wonderfully sunny and warm whereas Saturday until now have been cloudy with lots of rain. We can only wait and see.

Update: 6:15 PM

The weather has brightened up a lot this afternoon – mostly sunny, dry and warm and I saw a Muntjac deer in our lane.