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Fruity Pix from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


Last year was a very poor year for fruiting trees and shrubs. Come winter time the wildlife had a serious uphill struggle to find food. This year looks like an abundant year for fruit. Here are a few pix of in no particular order, Blackberry, Raspberry, Rosehip, Apples, Blueberry, Hawberry, Cherry and others.

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


Below are pix of a Spider, a Damselfly called Sympecma fucas, Dragonfly ( poor pic but they can travel at 40mph ), the Caterpillar of the Privet Hawk Moth, Snail on a Large leaved Spindle Tree, Large Leaved Spindle tree flower and a couple of Wild Flowers and Seed.

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Spot the Butterflies Competiton Result


If you want to try to find these three butterflies, do not scroll down to the answer. Go to the post two weeks ago and… have a go!

 

 

 

The pic below shows the positions of the butterflies.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England, on a really rainy day


Due to the inclement weather, boy did it chuck it down….., I only have a few pix to post today. Two are of Water Mint and one of a Gatekeeper Butterfly. When I took this photo I didn’t know behind the Butterfly was what I think is a Weevil.

Lastly, Molluscs are not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, but I have posted a picture of a Slug.

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


I have posted pix today of a pregnant Slow Worm, Long Tailed Tits and a Brimstone Butterfly, I couldn’t get the picture of a Clouded Yellow Butterfly I saw, It was flying too fast for me. But I will try to get it next week.

 

I don’t like taking pix of wildlife not in their natural surroundings, but I can’t get very good pix of birds in the wild and the compost heap I found this slow worm on was too good to miss.

I saw something today I did not realise happened. I saw a Peacock Butterfly poop in the same way Birds do, and with the same force. It never occured to me that Butterflies do this. It looked like a birds, too. 

Finally, a ‘Count how many’ Competition. How many Ants in the pic? It may help to count the legs and divide by six, or count the antennae and divide by two….Have fun!

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Spot the Butterfly Competition


A long time since I took bad photos…… But this is from a bit of a distance. See if you can spot the Small Tortoiseshell, the Peacock and the Red Admiral Butterflies in the last picture. I will post a pic of each one, so you know what to look for. Its not too difficult! Answer in two weeks time.

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Britain, Spain, Argentina and Gibraltar & the Falkland Islands


In a previous post, http://wp.me/p1yiG3-98 I wrote about the ongoing dispute between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. I mentioned that Spain was on the side of their spanish speaking friends in Argentina. Spain is now attempting an 8,000 mile apart pincer movement over their dispute of the territory of Gibraltar. The Falklanders and Gibraltarians overwhelmingly want to stay British ( who wouldn’t? ). But yet again, we are in the position of having to fight to preserve the democratic right of self-determination of a population. In this case two.

Spain probably thinks we will not be able to protect both territories with our military. They are wrong. They have so many problems with their failed economy, failed eurozone participation and failed way of life that the government wants to turn the spotlight away from their failures and try to gain ‘patriotic’ support for taking Gibraltar.

Argentina’s fascist dictator Gaultieri tried this in the early 1980s over the Falkland Islands. He wanted to improve his chances of staying in power and tried the ‘patriotic’ approach by stealing the Falklands. It failed and cost the lives of many Argentinians as well as 255 British. Although the good that came out of this was Argentina’s attempt at democracy. Bearing in mind Spain has only been a democracy for a few decades, not much longer than Argentina and both were fascist countries, the Nazis moved in large numbers to Argentina after WWII ( President Kirschner is of German Descent ) and Spain often requested the Nazis bomb spanish areas where there was resistance against Spain’s own fascist government, although Spain was ‘officially’ neutral.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibraltar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disputed_status_of_Gibraltar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Places_of_sovereignty_(Spain)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina

Isn’t it odd, Spain won’t give back Morocco its territories? What happened hundreds of years ago cannot be undone.

The people of the United States of America are not going to pack up their stuff and leave, returning the ancestral lands; leaving North America to the Native American Indians.

The people of Argentina are not going to return to Spain and Germany leaving the Argentinian lands to the indigenous population.

The Moors invaded Spain a thousand years ago. Are those people with Arabian genes going to pack up and go? Nope!

There has to be a cut off point and the people of the Falkland Islands and the people of Gibraltar have said their piece.

Spain, Argentina, grow up and move on. It is over.

I wish we were not in the European Union. The amount we put in is the rough amount Spain takes out. Why not just write them a cheque for £4,000,000,000 each year and get out of the union and do our own thing? Would we be worse off? I don’t think so.

I long for the day when us British pull out of the European Union and either set up our original union principles again of free trade across our borders with the rest of Europe ( which was what we actually voted for back in 1973 ) or we pull out completely and just make friends with the rest of the world. Why not set up proper trade with African countries, Middle and Far East? Even South and Central America?

The USA would prefer we stay in the European Union. I like americans, but America always looks after itself first, regardless of how friendly it is with other nations. It is in their interests for us to be kept within the bounds of the European Union. Business is business to them and friendship doesn’t count for much, I think.

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