THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

15 January 2014

RUSTY DUCK FOR LUNCH


Yesterday, I had the very great pleasure of meeting Jessica of rusty duck (www.rustyduck.net), who came for lunch and a walk with the dogs and I. One of the fantastic things about blogging has been the people I've met around the world, usually virtually, but on occasion, in person. It was lovely to walk with another human and I only took this one photo due to chatting rather than snapping. I think most of you probably follow Jess anyway, but if you don't, I think you probably should. We were incredibly lucky with the weather as it stayed dry until mid afternoon. Today, however, we're back to persistent rain. Good weather for lichens it seems - many are 'flowering' like crazy:






I found these amazing little bent over fungi on a log whilst moving wood in the garden. The bigger ones are only about a cm (3/8 inch) across:



A sodden hawthorn leaf on plastic:


We've had a few rainbows in between downpours:


Sometimes the skies clear for a bit.....



Happy dogs:



And birds:



But the rain returns pretty quickly:


Inside, I've treated myself to a bunch of Narcissi to cheer up the gloom:


Today's rain is horizontal so some of the ponies are hiding close to the bottom of the drive. they're as drenched as I was when I got home after a very unpleasant twenty minute walk:



The lovely VW Polo has been out of action for a couple of weeks due to the hideous screeching noise coming from the wheels but today we had good news....a stone was stuck between the caliper and.....er something else. Water was coming in the back, Renault style, but that has been sorted too. We should have it back soon and I've bought it a celebratory ice scraper as a coming home present; I've been using a CD cover for the last ten years. Pathetic really. So, until next time, here are those dogs enjoying one of those welcome little dry spells.


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  1. It's wonderful to hear that you met up with Jessica. I love all those lichens, I still wish I knew more about them ( I haven't bought that ID book yet). Those poor ponies really do look drenched.

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    1. I find the identification book I have very unhelpful to be honest. I think I need to spend considerably more money on one.

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  2. Your macro photos are just stunning. Lichen is much prettier in close-up!

    Lovely to hear that you have met up with another blogging friend. I`ll go and have a look at Rusty Duck`s site.

    All these waves of heavy rain are quite dispiriting. The Forest is covered in pools and puddles again after last night. Thank goodness these native ponies have thick coats and whirls to send the rain waterfalling away. It`s comforting that they can look soaked on top but still be warm and dry underneath!

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    1. Running my fingers through the Dartmoor Madam's coats is a revelation. I wish I had a coat like theirs.

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  3. Always fun to spend time with a blog buddy!
    The lichens are fascinating...the ones in the fifth shot from the top remind me of a group of people you'd see in an LS Lowry painting.
    Jane x

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    1. That's a great description of them. I can't believe how tall some of them get.....well, relatively speaking anyway. Those little 'men' are about a quarter of an inch high.

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  4. Goodness, Em, your macros on those lichens are fantastic, and I enjoyed all the other ones too. Great to get together with a blogging friend. Thanks for the link to her blog. I'll be over there to check it out.

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  5. Thank you for another lovely lot of photos, there seems nothing to take a photo of here apart from sodden fields and mud , maybe I should look closer.
    I've just spent 15 mins hopping on Rustyducks blog and blogs on her blogroll, I daren't add more to my list to read though their are probably 1000s out there that would be interesting -- where to stop?

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    1. Very good point. It's really difficult isn't it? Do you just go on and on and end up spending the whole day reading? I would definitely add Rusty Duck though!

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  6. I feel that I run short of superlatives and complimentary adjectives to describe my delight in your photos.
    I always run through a post several times to enjoy them the more.
    Glad you are getting the car issues sorted--we used to break several ice scrapers per winter--haven't needed one here!

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    1. Thanks so much MM. I so appreciate your compliments. We've only had two days with the ice scraper so far which is amazing. Surely this can't be it for winter???

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  7. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day, and thank you so much Em for your hospitality. It is totally surreal to see things in real life that you have only previously seen before on a blog: the dogs, so many familiar views and the birds on the feeders! I see that fat chaffinch is back.. but oh those poor foals!
    Look forward to welcoming you back to chez rusty duck.

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    1. Me too, and I'm looking forward to March and your bulbs. OB's birthday is in March so it's generally a good month.

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  8. Ha! The post title made me think you'd taken up duck-shooting or something! I much prefer lichen photos over that! For some reason, your macro photos of all the tiny fungi and growths you find are just so fascinating to me. When I lived in London, I was always intrigued when I could see the moss growing on rooftops, from my upper-deck view on the buses.

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    1. Me too Christian. The macro lens is something I treasure and, now I need specs for close up stuff, it's become my new super-eyes!

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  9. Those Lichen close ups are brilliant Em and Jessica doesn't look at all 'Rusty' to me.{:))

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    1. Thanks Roy. Aren't they fascinating and alien? H R Giger-worthy.

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  10. Is it possible that your photos always are better then the last bunch... never a disappointment seeing your shots, Em xx

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  11. I so enjoy your posts, Em. Glad you had such a happy time together. The photography is just amazing ... those lichens, those toadstools ... not forgetting those magnificent faithful four-footed friends!

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    1. Thank you Caroline. It was a really lovely day.

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  12. I always love your macro shots and the lichen and toadstools are just beautiful. So good too to have the opportunity to meet up with another blogger - sounds like you had a wonderful day :)

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    1. We did and if you're ever in the area.....

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  13. Love the pinwheel fungus- perfect shapes. Yes miserably wet here too with sudden torrential downpours between flashes of brilliant blue sky. April weather...

    Glad you and Jess had a good time. Hopefully we'll be able to meet up too when I'm down your way end of April x

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    1. I'm really looking forward to it CT! x

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  14. Wet everywhere! It was 38F (3.3C) and raining yesterday and 18 F (-7.8 c) last night. Makes for lots of mud and ice this morning!

    I feel for those foals! Our horses look the same.

    Really cute photo of Jack "pointing" :)

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    1. They both point quite a lot actually.....just as much as any official Pointers we know, which are quite numerous.

      Sorry about your temperatures! Hope your water pipes are well lagged......I*'m sure they are.

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  15. Beautiful lichen photographs.
    Yes, I agree about blogging friends. I have met a few in foreign parts and one or two in this
    country - and even those just on line makes such a difference to life doesn't it?

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    1. It really does - I would never have believed it.

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  16. Nature is so pretty even when it's howling at you. I never knew lichens flowered - I will look more closely next time. Blogging is lovely for meeting people, such a nice community.

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    1. I've been astonished at the lovely people I've encountered. It inspires hope!

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  17. How wonderful to meet up with Rusty Duck and share lunch and Dartmoor with her. I have never seen such pretty lichen before!
    Sarah x

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    1. It was superb and I would love to train as a Lichenologist if such a course existed! x

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  18. Beautiful close up images Em. The fungi are amazing too. Those poor ponies are so wet-just like the rest of us-but I know their coats keep them warm and dry underneath. Good to hear you met up with Jessica and managed a walk without rain-such a rarity at the moment!

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    1. I've never seen a Dartmoor pony shivering which is more than I can say for Trigger, despite his hardy, Welsh C mother. He's a bit of a baby when it comes to wind and rain.

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  19. I am so pleased to have found you via Jessica - I love to photograph lichen myself but have never seen them in flower before. We have lots growing on our trees, so I must make a point of keeping a close eye on them.
    Lovely that you and Jessica had a good day together, so far I have never met another blogger in person.

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    1. So pleased to have you as a follower. I recognise your lovely little picture from other blogs. I'm off to visit yours now....

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  20. I'm popping over from Rusty Duck, a blog I love to visit. Such a lovely place to walk with friends. I love your lichen and fungi photos. I'll be back to visit again soon.

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    1. Thanks you so much and I'm off to yours now!

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  21. visiting from Jessica's....love taking a walk with both of you. beautiful part of the world you live in!!!

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    1. Thank you Steph. We're very lucky to live here!

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  22. Hi Em....
    Visiting from Jessica's....
    Such great photos...those wee mushrooms are so cute♥️
    Your love for the outdoors, really shines thru!
    Can I visit again?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I'd love you to visit again Linda....off to visit Lake Erie with you now....

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  23. I love lichen and fungi... many thanks for sharing,,, not able to get out and walk... it's the really tiny and big open skies I really miss... Smiles for a lovely weekend Cass x

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    1. Hello Cass and welcome. Thank you for following! So sorry you can't get out - it must be terrible for you. The internet has been such a revolution for those who can be restricted in their movements but I know it's not the same. I'm going to click on your name now and see who you are! x

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