Thursday, July 09, 2009

Getting some exercise

We continued to clean the boat today doing some polishing and brasses and oiling the woodwork. We are now running low on diesel so will have to move tomorrow. This afternoon we thought we needed to get a bit fitter so we set up the ETrex GPS and went Geocaching. The first find was only 0.3 of a mile away and we found a small camera film case in a hollow of a tree.Then we moved another half a mile away to pick up a second one lodged in a wall on a disused railway, where there was a disc in it from Canada.That then took us to another new one, in a field full of bulls! The last one was only two days old and someone had beat us to it by a few hours. They got to it at 7.40am in the morning...have some people got a life? We're keen but not that eager! We took a nice circular route back to Derwent6 which took us through Wheat, Barley and Rye fields and also a field full of beans.These only need a week more and they will be ready for picking, it would be rude not to borrow some. We saw loads of ladybirds and this funny looking character. The fella looked like a moth but also like a dragonfly with double wings. Does anyone know what it is? We then got back and had Roast Pork, run the engine for a hour, before settling down to Torchwood.

5 comments:

George said...

Al & Del, this looks like a Red & Black Froghopper or "Cercopis vulnerata" found in southern england in early summer.

George said...

Al & Del, this looks like a Red & Black Froghopper or "Cercopis vulnerata" found in southern england in early summer.

Ketro said...

Hi Del and Al,
The beans you "borrowed" are known as Horse Beans down yer in Zumerzet. This year they're growing along side the runway at Westonzoyland where I fly from,(http://ketroas.blogspot.com) and I can confirm they're delicious raw or cooked, but the farmer will leave them 'till late in the year when they go black. They're then harvested and used for winter cattle feed. What a waste!
All the best,
Kevin

Del and Al said...

Hi George
Thanks! We'd never seen one before.

Del and Al said...

Hi Kevin
We guessed they might be left for cattle feed, what a shame but I suppose they have to eat something! You're in a lovely part of the country, when my Dad was in the RAF he was stationed at Westonzoyland for a while....