3 inch insects

It is hot here. And humid. I try to go out in the morning and I swim in the afternoon. There are some very very interesting insects – a walk up the mountain and under the trees this morning – the noise is deafening, though the insects can’t be seen. I found a dead one… More 3 inch insects

Life in Guangzhou

咱们 生活 Zanmen shenghuo – our life [I think!] Hard to describe the difference – GZ son and grandsons live in an apartment complex, about 40 tower blocks in the inner ring and an outer ring beyond that stacked up a mountain side on the south east of Guangzhou. Ours is number 11, quite close… More Life in Guangzhou

Landing at Schipol, Amsterdam. Clouds float gracefully An engine hums, popping ears creak, We tilt to blue sky So I am on the move again, having got up early for the first leg of the flights to Guangzhou. I will see China son and grandsons, not seen for a year and a half. An ache… More

Travel Time

Sometimes time passes quickly, and sometimes slowly. Today is a slow day. I am in travel time – from Block Island to Edinburgh. Going in the opposite direct is quick – Edinburgh London Boston then train to RI and taxi or ride to the boat, the last boat to Block Island. Every connection is tight… More Travel Time

Birdwalk, beauty

A birdwalk to celebrate the 50th year after Elise Lapham began birding and banding on Block Island. [Elise died in 2011, aged 99] My favourite seen today was the house wren, a beauty, perky little brown bird.The wonderful thing about birding and banding, apart from the scientific record obtained, is that you can see them… More Birdwalk, beauty

Abstract Money

The Weekly photo challenge is “abstract”. If you do not think this picture follows the photo-challenge rules – there is another photo at the end of the post. This one is Abstract. Money. Yes it is . There is no such thing as real money. Money is an idea (like law, an agreement of society)… More Abstract Money


  This picture arrived on my phone by the technical magic we have become used to. I see the signature Xin Yi Hua – my grandson Louis’ chinese name, Xin Yi, and Hua means painting or artist. He really is an artist, and I can see him enjoying it, the way he used to enjoy… More Talent

Beach wondering

It’s that time of year – the wind has dropped, the sun is shining, and a low tide means a long walk on Crescent Beach. Every day the beach is different. It depends what wind, what tide last scoured it. One day it will settle, and that will be the summer beach – some years… More Beach wondering