Monday, 29 July 2013

Bees, Other Sights and Portishead Mezze

Su came over all artistic this morning making a fruit salad for breakfast…
Afterwards we got another fence post fixed and concreted in before the rain came. Also had time to stop and admire this clematis flower. 
Took Bella out for a alk, and surrounded by lots of bee activity again. The buddleia was covered in bumble bees. 
Ragwort is out and blooming in profusion again. 
Nettle flowers are fulsome as well. 
This thistle provided lots of interest for this bee. 
This teazle is still being worked round by more bees. 
Liked the skeleton of this shrub, especially with Bella acting as background to highlight it. 
Made me recall the Richard Thompson song, "Wall of Death". 
Our grapes continue to do very well. 
The rain started in earnest as we headed out - this is the redvelopment of the old petrol station at the top of Marlborough Street.
Found ourselves sitting behind this motivational van - it was delivering vegetables according to the sign on its side!
We headed for Portishead - via an unplanned long circular diversion due to roadworks on our planned route. This heartfelt (and mis-spelt) sign on another diversion just before our destination.
Finally made it to meet Richard and Barbara at the White Lion, recently refurbished as a mezze pub. This was the debris after a very nice lunch.
This day a year ago, bees were also prevalent - this time of the happy, smiling chalk variety .
Su's news story of the day (BBC website - click on the title for the full story):

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