Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin

 I've been working from seven, to eleven every night,
It really makes life a drag, I don't think that's right.
By and large the weekend was uneventful inside of Slight Return II, from where I hardly strayed except to tend the Moth Traps and pay my daily visit to the Irrigation Pond. Despite what has so far been a 'wet' October, overnight temperature continue to seek double figures keeping the Insects coming. Best on offer has been a lone
 BULRUSH WAINSCOT

which the 'book' tells me is just about at the end of its flight period
mid-July to mid-October.
the odd
SEPTEMBER THORN
has shown up along with what might be a 'third brood'?
 PALE MOTTLED WILLOW

The Migrant Micro
RUSTY-DOT PEARL
is still showing on a daily basis, while all else has included
this species of
CLICK BEETLE
one of 69 that exist in the UK plus
the 'tiniest' Beetle we have ever seen from the traps
a species of
LEAF BEETLE
thought to be
Chrysolina rufa
We send our thanks to John Gifford for identifying the Beetles.
After that I have been returning to the Memoirs which are cutting on apace but keeping me out of the bunk until gone midnight. Of the 250,000 words already committed to a jumbled mass, 30,000 of them are now in Ship's Book Number Order as part of the definitive document. Completing my deployment to HMS Keppel, on the final of 4 voyages inside the Arctic Circle during a 6 months period, the best was most certainly left until Last. During that trip I, along with 2 shipmates, set foot on Surtsey a volcanic Island that simply emerged from the sea (becoming part of Iceland's Vestmannaeyjar ("Westman Islands") and where since, no more than a handful of human being have been allowed to tread.With the practise of manning ship's boats being on a strict rotational basis, allowing each of us to gain practical experience, it was just my luck that I was 'bowman' in the Gemini Inflatable that day!
If this is not readable or expandable, you should be able
to left click and hold and drag the 'cutting' to desktop.
As the article goes on to say, we also assisted the Hull based Trawler Kingston Peridot (named partly from her home port, officially Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire and the semi-precious yellow-green Gemstone) and were 'in company' for about 2 days. During that time a few of us were lucky enough to visit the trawler, getting to know the 8 man crew and viewing some of the 'monsters from the deep'. The Captain and his crew showed their appreciation in 'Fish' mainly Cod but also the biggest Halibut we had ever seen. What the article doesn't say, and could have had no way of knowing this was to happen.

Subsequent to this, in 1968 while still in the Royal Navy and serving as a Submariner/Diver, news was received of the loss of 3 Hull Trawlers at, or near to, the very spot we had assisted the above. During our spell on Fishery Protection Duties we had come in touch with all of those vessels lost with the reports reading like this........

St. Romanus sailed from Hull on 10 January 1968 and the last firm contact with the vessel was a radio telephone call the same evening. However, despite a company policy that ships should report their position and catch details daily, the alarm was not raised until 26 January, after a number of failed attempts by the owners to contact the ship by radio. It was then discovered that a liferaft found on 13 January by another vessel had come from the St Romanus. A search began, but by 30 January the families were told that there was little hope for the vessel and her crew of 20. Later, at the official enquiry, it was stated that a mayday call from the ship had been heard on 11 January by another ship, but had not been passed on.
Kingston Peridot had also sailed from Hull on 10 January 1968 with a crew of 20, and by 26 January she was fishing off north-east Iceland in foul weather. She told another trawler by radio that she was having difficulties with ice build-up on the ship, and arranged to move east to join them, but no further contact was established and on 29 January one of her liferafts was washed ashore. This, with debris found subsequently, indicated that the vessel had sunk. News of her loss was received in Hull on 30 January, just as hope was fading for the crew of St. Romanus.
Ross Cleveland sailed on 20 January 1968, before the loss of the first two trawlers became known. She was bound for the north coast of Iceland with a full crew, but one man was put ashore for medical treatment, leaving 19 on board. Conditions were very poor and on 3 February, following a weather warning, she made for Isafjordur, a narrow and relatively sheltered inlet on Iceland's north-west coast. A number of other ships were there to wait out what became a long and exceptionally severe storm, with hurricane-force winds and blizzards, causing dangerous amounts of ice to form on the vessels' superstructure and radar. The Ross Cleveland's captain attempted to move her from a dangerous position to a safer one during the evening of 4 February, but the ship was overwhelmed by the wind and sea, capsized and sank. The last radio message received by the other ships was from the captain, and ran:- I am going over. We are laying over. Help me. I am going over. Give my love and the crew's love to the wives and families.
—Phil Gay, skipper of the Ross Cleveland.
 Although my Memoir, in the main, will only go to my 4 Grand Children, it is felt that at some time in the near future the tale of the rest of this memorable voyage will be shared with our Loyal Followers.
To Be Continued!
A 'sad demise', would seem likely that this is our resident
BANK VOLE
which has been living under Slight II for the past few months, and
showing itself from time to time when breaking cover to steal a Moth or two!
NOW, before we go any further it should be made quite clear that I have not started a
Birds Seen Perched on the Solar Panels at Parley Court Farm List!
but it is becoming quiet obvious that a diverse selection of species
are favouring them as simply perching posts or is there more to it??
Maybe the heat that they must gather has something to do with it?
 
 COMMON BUZZARD
 WOOD PIGEON
 STARLING (centre) with MISTLE THRUSH
 ditto - joined by a couple of
CHAFFINCH
 SPARROWHAWK
In addition Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest,
Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Collared Dove and Goldfinch
have also been seen perched there.
See, I am NOT keeping a List!
ROE DEER
at the 'Flight Pond'.
and
One for Roy/Janet
Looks every bit like a Hercules to me but strange livery?
and, it should be said, not much of a photograph.
and finally
video
One For The GALLS!
Breaking News!
At time of going to press, as well as listening to Led Zeppelin I,
we are also enduring a huge Ladybird Invasion.
There's got to be a Movie there surely?
You shook me baby!
Dazed and Confused!  
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Badge - Cream

The World is looking (possibly in vain) for a 
BEST BASS GUITAR PLAYER
R.I.P.
John Symon Asher 
"Jack" Bruce

Friday, 24 October 2014

By The Sword - Slash

It has to be my 'big mouth', as soon as I open it the complete opposite happens. It was on the last post we were berating the weather conditions but adding the caveat that "on the other hand temperatures, particularly overnight, have remained reasonable with the lowest holding double figures". That was Tuesday, and the very next morning - WHACK - 2° C raising concerns that there would be little (if anything) of note in the Moth Traps. Not seeming to learn by previous mistakes, I'd done it again but this time in the opposite direction and very much to my benefit. The very first Insect found, perched there looking every bit like a 'dead twig', was a Dorset Rarity and an addition to the PCF List
RED SWORD-GRASS
 The Web-Site tells us that fewer than 300 have ever been
recorded in the County,
 while my peers were waxing lyrical over such a 'good find'.
With so little movement it was at first thought to be dead, or at least 
comatose, so while in this torpid state we were able to photograph 
the underside as well.
 Eventually it did gather enough strength
to embark on a little 'finger-tip' balancing.
To make matters better, and not long after, this
GREY SHOULDER-KNOT,
also 'scarce' hereabouts, was taken.
It too was less than active showing this pink tinge to the
underside of the abdomen.
Another first for Parley!
Nowhere near as uncommon but a valuable addition to the
Year List
FEATHERED THORN
was perched on an egg-tray close to these
EGGS.
Whether or not they belong to this species is not know but of interest.
Back to the complex group of November/Autumnal (type) Moths
and again we cannot be sure without further invasive study which I
am most certainly not qualified to undertake.
Nice Fresh Moth though isn't it?
Another 'total baffler' for me which, on reflection, should have been obvious.
Having described it of some sort of DART, it was a great surprise
to find it is in fact a 'light form' of the very common
TURNIP MOTH
'Live and Learn'
Finally from the traps, this
SILVER Y
simply proved irresistible, so here it is.
Since the Grass Court Tennis net has been removed
Carrion Crow
have moved into this 'feeding area', and I'm sure much to Hugh's
chagrin even though dormant for the next 6 months he'd sooner
not have them here.
In the evening Hugh and Janet came over to Slight Return II for dinner,
a modest little repast of Roast (whole) Quail with a
medley of 9 Vegetables, Orange and Cranberry Xmas (style)
pudding with Rodda's Custard and as fine a Claret as you would want.

1983 Grand Vin 'Leoville Las Cases'
Saint Julien
one of the optimum vintages of Bordeaux.
Thursday could have been described as a 'lost day' except for burying myself in a long neglected project - The Memoirs. Having completed the rounds of Moth Traps, with little result and
constant company of these c7
MUTE SWANs
continuously circling overhead,
a circuit of the farm where this
fine looking
KESTREL
was found and the continuing presence of the
LITTLE GREBE
on Parley Pond
it was off to the Irrigation Pond
where the first
GREY WAGTAIL
for 2 weeks was awaiting, it was time to drive back to the van.
However, a short stop just to view a passing Fox was met by the
familiar 'zeeet' of a couple of overflying
REDWING
first for this end of the year, I buried my head in the 'Book to Be'.
Taking up the story joining my first ship, HMS KEPPEL (Blackwood Type 14 Frigate), as a 'green' 16 year old Junior Seaman I got so engrossed that dinner was overlooked completely. It was only when Janet phoned and asked if I would make up the 'trio' for the Parley Golf Club Quiz that I came back to earth. Not wishing to let too much of a Cat Out of the Bag, it can be told that the subject of all my attention and concentration was the tale of Keppel escorting the Royal Yacht 'Britannia' to Jersey in the Channel Islands for the 1963 visit by HM the Queen. In company with Biff Bayliss, Freddie Fielding, Geordie Pratt and Co Ltd we got ourselves into almighty trouble, and not just the drinking and fighting kind - but that will have to wait for another day - must get back to it now!
An overlooked photograph from about 10 days ago while driving to
Weymouth, RAINBOW over Bere Regis.
and finally, putting the Red Sword-grass well in the shade,
an image from one of our regular readers in Weymouth of a
Moth of 'Rocking Horse Droppings' proportions in this country
SLENDER BURNISHED BRASS
Caught by our dear friend Hugo Wood-Homer at Bardolf Manor Farm,
it is described by Dorset Moths as a Very Rare Migrant which has only
been encountered in the County of Dorset a dozen or so times.
I'm waiting for mine Hugo!
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