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August 21st – Back in Darlaston, the building behind the town… 

21 Aug 17

August 21st – Back in Darlaston, the building behind the town hall – for all the world nothing but a small, brick-built, ornate garage – had had more masonry removed, and scaffolding erected.


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August 18th – The tidy little calico cat who sleeps with her… 

21 Aug 17

August 18th – The tidy little calico cat who sleeps with her tongue out was hanging around in The Butts, Walsall on my way to work: she was watching the world pass by from the pavement, tucked in nice and tidy.


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August 17th – A sad, regrettable tragedy unfolds in Rushall at… 

17 Aug 17

August 17th – A sad, regrettable tragedy unfolds in Rushall at the moment as the former Rushall Mews care home, an 80s-built single level facility that once housed many vulnerable old folk will soon be no more.


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August 16th – Another delight of the season, that frustratingly… 

16 Aug 17

August 16th – Another delight of the season, that frustratingly I couldn’t harvest: Giant puffballs on the patch of fenced off grass used as an occasional football pitch right in central Walsall between Smiths Flour Mill and the turn off the ring …


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August 16th – Riding to work down Green Lane, Shelfield on a… 

16 Aug 17

August 16th – Riding to work down Green Lane, Shelfield on a bright sunny morning, and something gently reminded me of my grandfather.


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August 15th – I spun up The Parade and over to Burntwood on the… 

16 Aug 17

August 15th – I spun up The Parade and over to Burntwood on the errand, then returned via Chasewater and the canal.


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August 13th – More oak wasp galls, which I’ve gone all out to… 

15 Aug 17

August 13th – More oak wasp galls, which I’ve gone all out to find this year for no other reason than they fascinate me.


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August 11th – Not far from Shenstone near Footherley, wheat and… 

12 Aug 17

August 11th – Not far from Shenstone near Footherley, wheat and barley still languish in the fields, the harvest this year disrupted by poor weather.


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August 11th – I had to pop to Shenstone on an errand on my way… 

12 Aug 17

August 11th – I had to pop to Shenstone on an errand on my way home from work, and the chance to ride these sleepy, familiar lanes, even on a dull day is wonderful.


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August 10th – Oak galls continue to fascinate, and on this tree… 

10 Aug 17

August 10th – Oak galls continue to fascinate, and on this tree in Victoria Park, Darlaston, there’s quite a display of knopper galls, the first I’ve seen this year.


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August 9th – The day ended much better than it started. Still… 

10 Aug 17

August 9th – The day ended much better than it started.


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August 7th – The difficulty of knowing there’s a great sunset,… 

9 Aug 17

August 7th – The difficulty of knowing there’s a great sunset, but you can’t see the horizon from anywhere near where you are.


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August 7th – On the way home and travelling through Stonnall… 

9 Aug 17

August 7th – On the way home and travelling through Stonnall after a tiring day of firefights and frustration, I stopped on Cartersfield Lane to watch as drifting smoke obscured the distant pumping station.


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August 4th – Spotted on the way home, again in the cat… 

5 Aug 17

August 4th – Spotted on the way home, again in the cat metropolis that is The Butts in Walsall, this shy (presumed) siamese.


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August 4th – For another sign of autumn’s looming shadow, you… 

5 Aug 17

August 4th – For another sign of autumn’s looming shadow, you can do little better than windfall conkers.


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July 2nd – Travelling to work on a miserable morning in steady… 

2 Aug 17

July 2nd – Travelling to work on a miserable morning in steady rain, it was nice to continue the fruit-spotting with these glistening, deep red crabapples near Bighoile Bridge in Darlaston.


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July 31st – A good commute for cats. Remember the two… 

1 Aug 17

July 31st – A good commute for cats.


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July 30th – The deer are busy around Chasewater at the moment. I… 

1 Aug 17

July 30th – The deer are busy around Chasewater at the moment.


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July 29th – Returning from a ride out on a grey evening… 

30 Jul 17

July 29th – Returning from a ride out on a grey evening threatening rain I came through Chasewater and was heartened to note a group of deer browsing the grass on the Rugby Club by the Chasetown bypass.


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July 29th – I met the Watermead swan family who were making fair… 

30 Jul 17

July 29th – I met the Watermead swan family who were making fair speed along the canal back from Chasewater towards Brownhills, but old habits die hard and they drifted from their central course to see me, just in case I had food.


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July 26th – In Stonnall itself, the village has been tidied and… 

27 Jul 17

July 26th – In Stonnall itself, the village has been tidied and maintained this year I think for the Best Kept Village competition.


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July 26th – Passing through Stonnall on my way home, I noted the… 

27 Jul 17

July 26th – Passing through Stonnall on my way home, I noted the harvest has started, presumably to beat that morning’s rain, but it’s a sobering sight.


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July 25th – The great feline sleep out continues, this time… 

27 Jul 17

July 25th – The great feline sleep out continues, this time again in Scarborough Road, Pleck.


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July 24th – Despite the change in the weather, the feline… 

25 Jul 17

July 24th – Despite the change in the weather, the feline population of North Walsall continues it’s current predilection for sleeping outdoors.


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July 24th – It seems the Walsall stenciller is at it again.Since… 

25 Jul 17

July 24th – It seems the Walsall stenciller is at it again.