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« on: November 05, 2007, 10:25 AM »
Hi All
Well I am of to the LOG on Wednesday, for a fortnight. If I can see anything nature wise, through the fog, rain and dark, I will report back  :( Really looking forward to seeing family and friends though, as well as the beer and fish and chips, and maybe one Full English  :dancing:.
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007, 15:20 PM »
Greetings Dave,
Going the whole hog, eh! :technodevil: (Sp. anyone?)
Stocking up on tea and Marmite ...

Have fun!
Regs.,
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007, 18:40 PM »
Hi Dave,

Just the one Full Breakfast, wow such self control !

Have a great time in the Land Of Grey,
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2007, 18:46 PM »
What are you (we) all like?

We set you up a board for writing about nature from around the world. and at the slighter excuse it's Marmite and full montys.

Have a great time Dave
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2007, 18:50 PM »
Bring us back a chicken and mushroom pie with chips and mushy peas please :)

Have a great time Dave..... Autumn in the UK... A bit chilly but beautiful all the same....
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2007, 23:50 PM »
Apparently this year autumn colours are particularly spectacular - something to do with the long wet summer, and mild dry autumn. So Dave, enjoy the Land of Bright Yellow and Orange.

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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2007, 10:31 AM »
Hi everybody
Mum´s is quite close to Westonbirt Arboretum, so we might fit that in. As far as Marmite is concerned yeugh!!!
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2007, 16:40 PM »
Have a good trip Our Man in León England  8)
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2007, 17:13 PM »
Greetings All,
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmita also has an En. version.
Regs.,
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Bovril?
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2007, 18:14 PM »
Can't stand the stuff. Should be banned.
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2007, 19:24 PM »
What do you mean 'should be banned' ? 
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2007, 19:38 PM »
I'm sure we have talked about marmite before... Its very good to stop cramps in ageing muscles and keeps mossies away....

Ahh yes.. where else but in the tiger mosquito topic. hehehehe

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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2007, 13:34 PM »
Well we are back, this time for a longer period. It is great being retired, but constant travelling can be a bit wearying.
England in November.
Probably not the best time, normally, to visit England, but this year the Autumn shades have lasted well into this normally sombre time of year.
Mums house is in a village called Long Itchington, near Leamington Spa. The house is set in a medium sized garden and is completely surrounded by the garden itself. She feeds the birds, all year round, and so has a dedicated following of garden birds, breakfast is a delight, as the birds take their first food of the day, and the list is long and varied
Starling
Chaffinch
House Sparrow
Robin
Goldfinch
Blackbird
Song thrush
Fieldfare
Collared dove
Dunnock
Blue tit
Coal tit
Long tailed tit
Great tit

as well as the bird table visitors, there is a rookery close by and so in the vicinity
Rooks
Woodpigeon
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Various types of Seagull, often in large flocks
The Village pond boasts
Mallard
Mute Swan
Coot
Moorhen
In the skies above
Skeins of Geese
A solitary mute Swan
Kestrel
Buzzard
as well as occasional sitings close by of Red Kite
In the evenings
Tawny Owl.

So our holiday was spent in close proximity to abundant bird life.
regards
Dave
« Last Edit: November 22, 2007, 13:59 PM by Dave »

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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2007, 14:05 PM »
Thanks for that Dave... Welcome home...

Is the bird table not visited by a peregrine at all after an easy meal? They learn pretty quick where the little birds congregate....

also... "Long Itchington" has to be one of the best English village names ever....

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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2007, 16:33 PM »
Didn't it regularly appear in those old Ealing films starring Margaret Rutherford and Alistair Sim?  ;D
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2007, 17:48 PM »
Hi Clive
The main predator appears to be a Sparrowhawk, which I forgot to mention in my list,
Lisa
Where I used to live was called Bishops itchington same river, The Itchen, land owned by the Bishop of Coventry, ton being Saxon for town, so it was the bishops town on the Itchen
but as you say a very strange name, inevitably Long Itchington was known locally as Short Scratchington.
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2007, 19:06 PM »
Greetings Dave (welcome back) and All,
England, My England (not my own)! One of the many silly little things I cherish from my youth is that of great village names (some pretty funny surnames also), and Long Itchington, as Clive said,
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has to be one of the best English village names ever....!
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Alistair Sim, Lisa? Showing yer age a bit there! It'll turn out that Technopat is the least-aged of us all - some mileage* to had there  :dancing:.

*As in stones-to-be-plonked-on-Clive's-wall or trees-planted-at-summit as opposed to spuds-peeled-per-hour or plates-and-glasses-broken-washed-per-minute.

Sprightly regs.,
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2007, 19:19 PM »
Ahh A sparrow hawk. I would have been surprised if there wasn't a regular visitor preying n the bird table birds...

Thanks for the explanation of the name roots of scratchingly shortington 



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*As in stones-to-be-plonked-on-Clive's-wall or trees-planted-at-summit as opposed to spuds-peeled-per-hour or plates-and-glasses-broken-washed-per-minute.

Sprightly regs.,
Technopat

Tp, so will you post that you are attending so I can update the summit topic
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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2007, 19:20 PM »
Hi All
As mentioned before i lived in Bishops Itchington. Strangely my Sunday drinking hole (With my Cuñado) is called Villaobispo (Bishops Village or house), no I have not got a fixation with the Clergy, just a strange coincidence, sorry no spooky smiley.
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Dave