Life & Times

Please sign this petition to stop the body parts of lions killed in gruesome hunts from being bought and imported into the UK as hunting trophies.

photo of a shot lion

To hunt these beautiful animals for fun is inhumane and just wrong.

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UPDATE 17/03/2023: Ban on imports of animal hunting trophies set to become law

The government has backed legislation which would stop hunters from bringing back body parts of thousands of species, including lions, rhinos, elephants and polar bears, killed abroad. Tory MP Henry Smith, who proposed the bill, said it would help conserve the world’s most endangered species. It was approved by MPs and will now face further scrutiny in the Lords. As it has the support of the government, the Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill is likely to become law.

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Country and Coast - Two Dog Walks in One Day

We moved to South Devon a month ago, renting a renovated barn whilst we look for our new permanent home. We live a few miles from the coast, in the middle of farming country, which means that in the morning we explore the local woods and footpaths.

Here’s a photo of Topsham Bridge, taken around 8am yesterday.

photo of a bridge over a river

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

Since moving, it’s compulsory to go to the coast at the weekend and yesterday we went to the beach at Thurlestone just before sunset.

photo of Thurlestone beach

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic


It’s the time of year when I set up a filter to send all emails with Black Friday in the subject line to the trash bin

Dodging the rain at Bantham Beach, Devon

Bantham beach, Devon Bantham Beach, Devon

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom iPad app


Microblogvember 2022: Day 2

I don’t think I’ll be making a feast with these beauties that are growing out of our doorstep.

photo of some funghi

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic


Microblogvember 2022: Day 1

Figure - verb

  1. An awesome beast who figured in Egyptian legend: feature, appear, be featured/mentioned, be referred to; participate, play a part, play a role, be conspicuous, have prominence, have a place; star.

  2. A way to figure the values: calculate, work out, total, sum, reckon, compute, enumerate, determine, evaluate, quantify, assess, count, add up, put a figure on, tally, totalise, gauge; British tot up; rare cast.

  3. North American informal I figured that I didn’t have much of a chance: suppose, think, belief, fancy, consider, expect, take it, suspect, have a sneaking suspicion, sense; assume, dare say, conclude, take it as read, presume, be of the opinion, trust; deduce, infer, gather, glean, divine; North American guess.

  4. North American informal ‘Rosemary’s away.’ ‘That figures.’: make sense, be understandable, seem reasonable, stand to reason, be to be expected, be logical, follow, add up, stand up, hold up; ring true, be convincing; be likely/probable, go without saying.

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I think it may rain today …

photo of a country view

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic


Sunday morning coffee and pastry at Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon.

view of Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon view of the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon view of the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon view of the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

Canon EOS M6 Mark II, EF-M 15-45mm, processed in ON1 Photo RAW 2023