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Welcome to Lachlan Cranswick's Personal Homepage in Melbourne, Australia

Spring 2000 at Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire, England

Wild Flowers, Misty Canal, Birds, Swallows and a traditional poem about Magpies recited by Paul - 30th May 2000

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Sequence of Events

Images

Description

Mallard duck of dawn Black headed gull doing the murky dawn patrol of the canal

  1. Mallard duck of dawn
  2. Black headed gull doing the murky dawn patrol of the canal

Heron along side the canal Heron along side the canal

  1. Heron along side the canal
  2. Heron along side the canal

Mallard duck and ducklings Widnes Power Station at Dawn

  1. Mallard duck and ducklings
  2. Widnes Power Station at Dawn

Widnes Power Station at Dawn Misty Canal at dawn

  1. Widnes Power Station at Dawn
  2. Misty Canal at dawn

Another black headed gull on dawn patrol NSF Tower at Dawn

  1. Another black headed gull on dawn patrol
  2. NSF Tower at Dawn

Widnes Power Station at Dawn Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

  1. Widnes Power Station at Dawn
  2. Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

  1. Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
  2. Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Digitalis Purpurea (ordinary wild foxglove) on the other side of the canal Cuckoo Flowers (Cardamine pratensis agg)

  1. Digitalis Purpurea (ordinary wild foxglove) on the other side of the canal
  2. Cuckoo Flowers (Cardamine pratensis agg)

Widnes Power Station at Dawn Misty Canal

  1. Widnes Power Station at Dawn
  2. Misty Canal

White Clover/Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens) Red Clover (trefolium repens)

  1. White Clover/Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens)
  2. Red Clover (trefolium repens)

Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

  1. Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)
  2. Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

Red Clover (trefolium repens) Dovesfoot Cranesbill (Geranium molle) of the dawn

  1. Red Clover (trefolium repens)
  2. Dovesfoot Cranesbill (Geranium molle) of the dawn

Dovesfoot Cranesbill (Geranium molle) of the dawn Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

  1. Dovesfoot Cranesbill (Geranium molle) of the dawn
  2. Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Black headed gull on canal patrol Misty Canal

  1. Black headed gull on canal patrol
  2. Misty Canal

Red Campion (Silene dioica) Red Campion (Silene dioica)

  1. Red Campion (Silene dioica)
  2. Red Campion (Silene dioica)

Robin? in the tree Robin? in the tree

  1. Robin? in the tree
  2. Robin? in the tree

Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca) Red Campion (Silene dioica)

  1. Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca)
  2. Red Campion (Silene dioica)

Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) Tall Rocket (Sisymbrium altissimum)

  1. Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum)
  2. Tall Rocket (Sisymbrium altissimum)

Budding Scentless Mayweed (Matricaria perforata) Cut-leaved Cranesbill (Geranium dissectum)

  1. Budding Scentless Mayweed (Matricaria perforata) (formerly assigned as Pineapple Mayweed (Matricaria matricarioides))
  2. Cut-leaved Cranesbill (Geranium dissectum) (Was previously labelled as Growing Musk Mallow (Malva moschata))

Cut-leaved Cranesbill (Geranium dissectum) Shepherd's-Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

  1. Cut-leaved Cranesbill (Geranium dissectum) (Was previously labelled as Growing Musk Mallow (Malva moschata))
  2. Shepherd's-Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Tall Rocket (Sisymbrium altissimum) NSF Tower and Cloudscape

  1. Tall Rocket (Sisymbrium altissimum)
  2. NSF Tower and Cloudscape

Red Clover (trefolium repens) Cuckoo Flowers (Cardamine pratensis agg)

  1. Red Clover (trefolium repens)
  2. Cuckoo Flowers (Cardamine pratensis agg)

Swallow zig-zagging across the canal NSF Tower, Bridge and Canal

  1. Swallow zig-zagging across the canal
  2. NSF Tower, Bridge and Canal

Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca) Common Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

  1. Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca)
  2. Common Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Black headed gull on patrol Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale)

  1. Black headed gull on patrol
  2. Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale)

Daisies (Bellis perennis) Bramble/Blackberry flower (Rubus fruticosus agg)

  1. Daisies (Bellis perennis)
  2. Bramble/Blackberry flower (Rubus fruticosus agg)

Pair of Mallard ducks Fast flying Swallow over the canal

  1. Pair of Mallard ducks
  2. Fast flying Swallow over the canal

Fast flying Swallows over the canal Possible Chickweed Wintergreen (Trientalis europaea)

  1. Fast flying Swallows over the canal
  2. Possible Chickweed Wintergreen (Trientalis europaea)

Black Medick (Medicago lupulina) Pair of Mallard Ducks

  1. Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)
  2. Pair of Mallard Ducks

Mallard duck and ducklings

  1. Mallard duck and ducklings

English magpie on top of a pine tree English magpie on top of a pine tree

  • English magpie on top of a pine tree

  • A tradition poem recited by Paul in between EXAFS samples (about "European" magpies - not the crass colonial Australian ones):

    One for sorrow
    Two for joy
    Three for a girl,
    Four for a boy,
    Five for Silver
    Six for gold,
    Seven for a secret,
    Never to be told.
    Eight's a wish
    Nine's a kiss,
    Ten for something you must never miss.

  • Refer to the complete poem at: http://www.zelo.com/family/nursery/oneforsorrow.htm
    Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 09:11:13 +0100
    From: "Keith Ellis" 
    Importance: Normal
    Subject: MAGPIE POEM
    To: 
    
    Lachlan,
     
    Eight should read 'eights a wish' and then 'nines a kiss'
     
    I always count magpies and run this little ditty through 
    my head.
     
    also to counter the sorrow fortold by spying 1 magpie 
    you are meant to say 'good morning (afternoon etc) 
    Mr Magpie'
     
    Keith Ellis

1915 (Robert Graves)

"I'VE watched the Seasons passing slow, so slow,
In the fields between La Bassée and Bethune;
Primroses and the first warm day of Spring,
Red poppy floods of June,
August, and yellowing Autumn, so
To Winter nights knee-deep in mud or snow,
And you've been everything.

Dear, you've been everything that I most lack
In these soul-deadening trenches--pictures, books,
Music, the quiet of an English wood,
Beautiful comrade-looks,
The narrow, bouldered mountain-track,
The broad, full-bosomed ocean, green and black,
And Peace, and all that's good."

(Refer: ALCS -
The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society:
http://www.alcs.co.uk)

This England

"This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
 This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
 This other Eden, demi-paradise,
 This fortress built by Nature for herself
 Against infection and the hand of war,
 This happy breed of men, this little world,
 This precious stone set in the silver sea...
 This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."


 William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, 
 Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1 
 (JOHN OF GAUNT (Duke of Lancaster) speaks)


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