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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

…… AS A NEWT. (17/09/13)

Tomorrow I’m leaving York and heading to Sheffield for a couple of days. This morning I did a supermarket shop then the new microwave arrived and that had to be fitted. This was a much quicker job than I anticipated.

_MG_1635 This is the new machine. I ought to have brushed my hair and wiped my finger marks off it prior to taking our picture. After an early lunch I went to take some pictures of a Common Newt colony. I lifted the slab they are living under and all but one shot off down a crack in the ground. They are still very lively considering the temperature so I only managed two shots.

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_V0G7596  Not to worry two is much better than none at all. I think the two black stripes mean that this is a female. It is very young as it is about half the size of the adults. This one is about two and a half inches long.

I’m moving around a fair bit over the next week. I’m spending the weekend in Derbyshire then heading off to Wales for a few days to see Keith. I’ve got a music night at the local hostelry this evening so I'm going for a siesta now. I’ll catch up with blogland later.

33 comments:

  1. See you at music night ... I wish ... be well, eh?

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  2. I do hope you will be meeting with Lord Pudding whilst you are in Sheffield. He's at Pudding Towers -- the large building with turrets and parapets, surrounded by a moat. Very easy to find. 'Twould be a shame not to see His Lordship. Perhaps tea can be arranged.

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    1. Bob, I'll enquire what he is doing on Friday lunch time. I'm busy Tomorrow afternoon and Thursday.

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  3. Woa!...Adrian!...stop messing about...get out of there!...your head will explode!!

    Does this mean that gourmet dinners are now back on the menu?

    Well done with the Newts at least you managed to get some decent images before they all disappeared.

    Have a good time this evening and take it easy with the funny water.

    I guess when you get to Wales next week and met up with Keith you'll be ringing a few Bells between you?...[;o)

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    1. Trevor on reflection I will it's dangerous.

      I could see the newts hiding but someone once told me you shouldn't handle them. It doesn't do their skin any good.

      I'll be as good as gold this evening. I'm driving tomorrow.

      Yes I imagine a bit of campanology will be on the cards.

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  4. Is the saying ... Mad as a Newt or Drunk as a Newt?

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    1. Carol...I seem to recall the expression is 'Pissed as a Newt.'

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  5. I haven't seen a newt in years, although I've frequently resembled one.
    Nice looking machine you have there.
    Looking forward to seeing you when you reach sheep land.

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  6. Keith, you and I both. I wanted on head on I will have another look in the morning. They don't usually dash off.
    It is it has a grill as well, a bargain at £50.00p.
    Yes see you next week and save me a pretty sheep.

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  7. maar je hebt er tenminste twee foto,s van en hoe,gefeliciteerd met je nieuwe magnetron dat je er veel plezier van mag hebben.

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    1. Het is veel slimmer tan de oude.
      Ik zal een andere gaan aan de salamanders. Ik zal morgen vroeg proberen als ze kouder.

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  8. Lovely newt images, though i think handing of newts is okay as the experts on the tv always seem to be handling them :o(

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  9. Yes, I was lucky the MP-E 65mm does a good job but one has to be quick. It doesn't have a focus ring so you set it to magnification and move the camera. The flash takes care of movement most of the time.
    Douglas you don't know where my hands have been. Seriously I read somewhere that the sweat from our hands does something to them. I'll look it up and if it is okay I'll lift a big one out before I go tomorrow.

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  10. I think newts are cewt! So is the guy in the microwave. ;) Enjoy your travels.

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    1. Hilary the newt is a beauty. The guy in the microwave is a scruffy devil. A clean scruffy devil....I'm just out of the shower.

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  11. My microwave oven died a couple of weeks ago. Rather than buy a new one, I'm using the Younger's old one. Yours is way nicer. I'm going to tell my kid he needs to get nicer old stuff. I like the picture of your new oven a lot. Your reflection in the glass and the fingerprints (which I would not have noticed had you not mentioned them) just makes the picture better. I'm been bored with pristine pictures of appliances for oh, 40 or 50 years.

    That little animal looks like what we call a salamander. I can't love them. Well not yet anyway. They're sort of slimy and there's no such thing as slimy in a good way. Uh, I dunno...maybe there is but we won't go there. Anyway they are very good pictures, I didn't realize their skin was so rough looking.

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    1. David, I was amazed how little it cost. I'll have to learn to program it.

      Salamander and newt are similar. They aren't slimy they are cool and wet. I call these Common newts we have smooth newts, Crested Newts and Palmate newts. They are not always easy to tell apart.

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  12. That's a pretty fancy micro wave. Our microwave gets a lot of use. Now newts are very fast little creatures if you disturb their location. The two you got ware probably left out because there was no more room.

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    1. Red, it is a stunning bit of kit.
      The newts are usually slow in cool weather. These were on quick pills.

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  13. My last microwave made a much better mirror than it did a microwave, it was useless. The new one suits me better. I do not need to see kitchen mess reflected. Enjoy your travels!

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    1. Pauline, you want to see camper mess....I have to pack everything away before I move. It's a terrible job....I will have lost the will to live before I get on the road.

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  14. I remember newts being very common when I was a youngster. But then we spent a lot of time trying not to get drowned in local ponds building rafts and floating around. I feel sorry for the newts really. The ponds are long gone of course although a recent visit to Liverpool to see what had taken the place of that countryside did uncover a cup-de-sac with the name of one of the ponds where it had been.

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  15. Graham, I can go back to my pre-teenage wandering grounds. I was lucky enough to be raised in a national park so they are much the same. Nobody or few nobodies live full time in it. It's a bit like a giant theme park is the peak district.

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  16. Nice new microwave and Newt, in the same story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Bob you heathen...it's not a story it's a diary with the odd snap or two. A man has to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Yeah, it's amazing what you see in pictures later, looks a good machine though.

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    1. Jay, I saw that reflection and moved to one side. It then displayed the rest of the tip that is my environment. I settled on a picture of me.

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  18. No matter that has brands ... your reflection looks good :))
    I hope you slept a good nap.
    a hug.

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    1. Laura, It is a supermarket microwave. I think they are all made in the same place in China now.
      I had an excellent siesta....thank you.

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  19. Newts are fascinating Adrian.

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  20. Maria, they were a bit lively.

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