Misty morning’s web

What a beautiful morning! The mist was beginning to rise and left behind drips on the fencewire, and droplets on a spider’s web.

February 11, 2023 photography

Waters, Ann - her children at her funeral

Ann Dawson (1857-1940) married Robert Waters (1855-1932)

Child Born Died Spouse Born Died
Mary Waters 1880 1954 Alfred Charles Nettle 1877 1954
Julia Waters 1882 1973 Albert Gustave Scheef 1876 1953
Ann Waters 1884 1955 James Frederick Nelson 1884 1970
Sophia Waters1 1887 1959? James Rogers 1884 1960
Martha Waters 1889 1961 Edward Ernest Elliott 1884 1950
Edith Waters 1892 1971 Alexander (Alec) Henderson 1888 1986?
Ernest Edward Waters 1894 1965 Miriam Florence Sewell 1892 1979
Robert Arthur Waters 1894 1971 Rachel Ann Sewell 1894 1952
Cecilia Jane Waters 1898 1992 Jethro Joseph Sewell 1896 1964

Pre-deceased by daughter Margaret Waters (1879-1905)

  1. Clarence Victor Waters (1904-2002) was mentioned as a son of Ann but he was actually son of Sophia (born out of wedlock”?)↩︎

July 17, 2021 local history

Recipe for stewed rhubarb

I quite like some stewed rhubarb on occasion instead of fruit atop my porridge in the morning. Here’s my recipe for stewing rhubarb.


  • 500g rhubarb
  • 40g brown sugar (8% of weight of rhubarb - use more sugar if you prefer less tartness)
  • 20g butter (4% of weight of rhubarb)


  1. Wash then slice rhubarb
  2. Turn cooktop to low heat
  3. Melt butter in non-stick pan
  4. Add sliced rhubarb and sugar
  5. Stir frequently

It takes 10 to 15 minutes to stew” depending on how thick you like it. Remove from pan when it’s to your liking.

Store in container in fridge.

I usually spoon about 75g on top of my cooked porridge (along with 60g of natural yoghurt, and a sliced banana).

Sliced rhubarb

Pan with melted butter, and sugar

Add sliced rhubarb and stir to mix

Stirring now and again

… and it now looks like stewed rhubarb

November 23, 2020 recipes

The previous 10 days’ photographs

Being the end of the calendar, academic and financial year at work, things got a little hectic in tidying projects up before I started 3 weeks leave. There wasn’t much time for photography or audioblogging!

Here I give an audio commentary [4.9 Mbytes, 9 min 14 sec duration] to accompany the photographs of the previous 10 days. Note:

  • The audio commentary is also distributed as a podcast.
  • The download a podcast you need to use appropriate aggregator software that knows what to do with enclosures and subscribe to my RSS2 feed
  • The photographs are also included within the .mp3 file. View them via Apple’s iTunes artwork function on a PC or Mac, for example.

This audio post attempts to tie up those photographic loose ends before the end of the year. Next year will bring a new telephoto zoom lens and with it, I hope, a fresh eye on old and new subject material.

December 27, 2004 podcast

Rosy Hyacinth Orchid

The solitary specimen of Dipodium pulchellum (until proven otherwise), the Rosy Hyacinth Orchid, has at long last flowered. The flowering has helped to identify it - it’s not, as best I can determine, a Dipodium variegatum. The latter’s flowers are more self-coloured rather than spotted or mottled.

Here are three views of the orchid. The light was fading and the wind was rising (a thunderstorm was approaching). The images are not as sharp as I would like but better to have some images than none (due to the risk of storm damage - last night’s storm had wind gusts up to 75 km/hr).

Dipodium pulchellum Centre of the flower section.

Dipodium pulchellum View of the top.

Dipodium pulchellum A view of the top half of the orchid.

December 25, 2004 flora

This lizard, luckily for it, was sitting on the opposite side of the road as I drove over the hill.

Frilly-necked lizardFrilly-necked lizard

The lizard let me get within 30 cm (1 foot) of its head. They can bite (but more usually just scamper off). Those spines on the edge of its neck frill look evil. At this close-up range the scales on its skin are quite evident. The lizard was about 40 cm (16 inches) long, plus some for the tail. The colour of the gravel road and the lizard reflect the harsh light and the heat of summer.

December 23, 2004 fauna