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Nailing my Colours to the Mast

Real Change, green party logo and link
Real Change
I've always tried to keep politics off my blog as much as possible (well with the exception of a couple of anti hunting posts) preferring to leave my thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, but I think now is the time to squarely nail my colours to the mast and openly declare support for one part and stir up a little controversy (watch out for more controversial posts coming up!). I'm fed up with the inequalities of politics being debated across the mainstream media while my party of choice, the only party out there that cares for people and the planet, get neglected for scaremongering, or pandering in many cases, political parties that pretty much all do the same thing; caring only for big business and money. And so with that outrageous comment stated I am nailing my colours to the mast, in true political fashion, in support of the Green Party .

Pastures Old

Manor Farm, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes
Manor Farm, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes
I think I have mentioned it a few times before, but the area this blog is about Manor Farm, in Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes is not a new patch for me in fact it is an area I used to call my patch many years ago (2002-2004 I think) in fact I had a website dedicated to it (an early blog I guess) called Ashley's Local Patch (also a lot of digiscoping involved, I was an early adopter but not very good). With this blog, and subsequent posts, I have restarted my list so old records are not included, I wanted it to be a fresh start and if I'm honest it gave me something extra to aim for, but today I found my old notebooks relating to the patch and thought it would be fun to go through them and compare them to now.

Photo of the Week #19

Photo of the Week #19

Harlequin Ladybirds - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Harlequin Ladybirds - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes


Photo of the week #19 is a set of three Harlequin Ladybirds, the competition was stiff between this and my shieldbug on a leaf image both from post In Search of Autumn. I hope you like the simplicity of this one, I know I do.

Regatta Luca II 3-in-1 Children's Waterproof Jacket - Review

Regatta Luca II 3-in-1 Jacket (4 colours)
Regatta Luca II 3-in-1 Jacket (4 colours)
When I was recently tasked with buying my little girl a new winter coat (she wanted me to go while she was at school and her mum was at home poorly, and all because she didn't want to go shopping) her only demand was she wanted it to be purple! Fortunately for me Go Outdoors had a couple of offerings in her chosen colour range including the Regatta Luca II 3-in-1 children's water proof jacket for sale, not only was it available in purple but the inner fleece it came with was pink (a winner on two counts with Bo) and as a 3-in-1 it meant she would have a number of options to wear throughout winter and into spring, well after a month or so of her wearing it here is our (mine and Bo's) review of her Regatta Luca II 3-in-1 Children's Waterproof Jacket.

Autumn Half Term Activities

Autumn Half Term Activities
Autumn Half Term Activities
I'm sure many of you are thinking of what you can do with your kids in the coming autumn half term (or like in our house the half term that is already upon us, inset day today) so I have come up with a few, interesting and exciting, ideas for you to maybe try out with your kids (I say you as unfortunately I have the pleasure of working most of the holiday, so won't get to spend time doing any of these with my kids, which is a real shame). As always they are all of wildlife persuasion, and the majority are outdoor based (I think we all spend too much time inside) some may involve travel (and one may incur a fee depending on where you go). Anyway I hope you enjoy and find useful my Autumn Half Term Activities post.

In Search of Autumn

In search of Autumn
In search of Autumn
I'm trying to rest my back a little this week, so today instead of packing up all my gear in my big rucksack (or even my small shoulder bag) I decided to head out light just me, my bins and my camera with the 100mm macro lens, slung over my shoulder, oh and a flash in my pocket (to be fair the light was pretty poor anyway so wouldn't have had much luck with my long lens anyway) my aim was to try and photograph some signs of autumn, my real hope was to find some stunning fungus, toadstools or mushrooms, and so my search for Autumn began.