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Memento Mori in Norwich

Interesting Dance of things Macabre in St Andrew's Church and lots of skulls on tombs.

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I swear that tree is looking at me

It really is ...

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I also met a slow worm out on a walk today. She's behind the cut in case people have problems with snakiness

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Didn't realise but apparently we have some 600 year old woodland with bluebells in it next to Lowestoft Premier Inn ...

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Wood anemonies

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Hart's tongue fern

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Greater Stitchwort

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A beech grove which fills with the smell of grilling steak from the Beefeater across the road.

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Bluebells!

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I've being doing some work on springs in the Suffolk area for someone called Pixy Led on facebook. He writes county pamplets on springs and wells and as I'm local to an area he's working on next I said I would help.garienos
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The springs in the Seafront Gardens are caused by the cliffs cutting into water bearing geology lying above impervious layers. We have several of these sort of springs in Lowestoft so I am quite familiar with the situation. Our visit Felixstowe provided three these springs to explore and photograph. Due to parking and time restrictions we had to then come home but futher research online located another two spring fed features to visit and another pool that might be one as well.

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I continue to be amazed about the flora and fauna around Lowestoft. We have some (apparently at least) 600 year old woodland near the Premiere Inn and I shall be posting on that when the bluebells get out. I've also been on the hunt for the local Early Purple Orchids and this year struck lucky, I'm wondering if the offering of a pair of glasses to the Orchid Gods at Metfield did the trick ...

Anyway, one of the locations where we find things in Lowestoft is in the carpark of the local theme park. It's slightly further over from Tesco and in an area of unimproved grassland which is great for wild flowers. Along the hedges things get even more interesting.

This is Calocybe gambosa, a St George's Mushroom, they grow in fairy rings.


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And this (finally!) is Orchis mascula, an Early Purple Orchid which are mentioned in Hamlet as Long Purples; "That liberal shepherds give a grosser name / But our cull-cold maids do dead men's fingers call them." I had thought that was Purple Loostrife (but I was wrong) and it seems Ophelia was drowning herself at this time of the year ... There was only one really out so far in Pleasurewood Hills carpark, I shall get myself back there next week to see how things were getting along. I counted nine plants but there may be more.

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Green Winged Orchids are out in Suffolk!

We went on an excursion hunting spa water yesterday and came back via orchids in the Waveney Valley. I couldn't pass the ones in Metfield and not have a peep could I? Pity I sacrificed a pair of computer glasses in the process, but that is what £25 frames from Specsavers are all about!

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Happy Easter Everyone

garienos and I went to Norwich yesterday so that I could go to the Plantation Garden and photograph tulips. These aren't from there, they are from the flowerbed on Upper St Giles Street, but Norwich always do a good show.

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I've spent most of today wrestling with Firefox which stopped playing nicely with BBC iPlayer. Despite upgrading my flash, reinstalling the browser and doing various other twiddles nothing worked. I'm not sure if it's the change from flash to HTML5 or just some strange quirk of an upgrade but it's been very slow recently too. What did fix it was installing a legacy version I found on their website which is supported until July 2018. Hopefully whatever kinks are in the system will have worked out of it by then and we can carry on regardless.

Gargoyles for dog lovers

St Giles on the Hill, Norwich (which looks like a King Charles Spaniel!)

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St Mary's Bungay (that of the incident of the Black Shuck although this looks friendlier).

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