I went to the boat show and what did I see.... I saw boats and yachts, a Tallship, big ships, small ships, stand-up paddle-boards, a marine fashion show, and feet, lots of legs and feet, and shoes, some with feet in, some without - oh, and a foot archer! To see my pictures of the Southampton Boat Show 16th-25th September 2016, click on the link below:-
The picture at the top shows Orissa, the Foot Archer, performing on stage at 15:40 on Friday 23rd September 2016, at the Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park, Southampton, Hampshire. To visit the Southampton Boat Show 2016 website, click on the link below:-
I'm not keen on spiders, but if they're very small and there's distance between us, I can generally find the courage to watch and photograph them. A pane of glass separated me from this mating couple, so I had a ringside view and took pictures before during and after - the entire episode lasted for one minute, before they separated and scuttled back to opposite corners of the window.
They're called Zygiella x-notata, common throughout the UK and frequently found on window frames. Actual size 7mm to 11mm (quarter of an inch to a scant half inch).
The picture at the top shows the spiders before mating, at 18:14 on Thursday 1st September 2016, at home in Hythe, Hampshire. To see more of my mating spider pictures, click on the link below:-
The picture at the top shows a Globe thistle (Echinops), at 15:54 on Monday 1st August 2016, at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Oadby, Leicestershire.
The picture at the bottom shows a Victorian earthenware apple, at home in Hythe, Hampshire, on Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 09:31. (The apple was made by Bretby Art Pottery, Woodville, Derbyshire, England, circa 1890.)
To read about Globe thistles (Echinops), click on the link below:-