Worth

Funny old word – ‘Worth‘! Or ‘wurff’ as in ‘Nah, mate. ‘Snot wurffit!’ as we old Sheppey ‘Swampies’ were wont to say. And ‘were’ because for several decades J has consistently and persistently stepped in with the appropriate, gentle correction à la all those years as a special needs teacher. These days my enunciation has to be impeccable if I expect to manage to string more than two sentences together without a gentle interruption. Sorry, correction.

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this really was ‘on the beach’ on Sheppey

(For Mainlanders Sheppey has always been the stuff of nightmares and the butt of jokes – ‘Population never changes – every time a child is born, a man leaves.’ That sort of stuff.)

But I digress. These days ‘worth’ seems centred around money value and yet when you check with a dictionary, even in these mercenary times, ‘money worth’ is preceeded by ‘a person of worth’ as in ‘excellence of character or quality as commanding esteem’. Or, ‘your/its worth to the world is inestimable‘ as in ‘usefulness or importance, as to the world, to a person, or for a purpose’.

And it’s ‘worth for a purpose’ that this post is about. Up here at the cabin our life is gentle, simple and we like it that way. Not a lot changes apart from the cloud formations, the patterns of the seasons and light on the lake. Suits us but boring as hell for you lot. I mean, who wants to read about how the cold snap buggered up the fruit trees this year? Or how well the grape vines are doing? Once maybe, but after that you’d be better employed watching paint dry!

‘So, get on with it!’ I hear you groan. ‘What’s ‘worth for purpose’?’ ‘My pond,’ I shout. ‘My wonderful, life-giving pond!’ This year has seen dragonflies and damselflies in their hundreds emerging and going off and doing whatever these beautiful, amazing creatures do when they change from being a real version of ‘Alien‘ into glittering jewels of light.

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Like these;

C scitulum pair

Crocathemis scitulum – Dainty Bluet ovipositing

newly emerged S striolatum
newly emerged Sympetrum striolatum – Common Darter
Crocothemis erythraea (m)
Crocothemis erythraea – Scarlet Darter (m)
Orthetrum brunneum (m)
Orthetrum brunneum – Southern Skimmer (m)
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Ischnura pumillo – Small Bluetail (f immature)
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Calopteryx virgo – Beautiful Damoiselle (f)
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Sympetrum fonscolombii – Red-veined Darter (f)
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we always move in convoys, we’re most gregarious
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the gloriously beautiful Libelulla depressa – Broad-bodied Chaser (f)

Finally, because not everyone loves what I love, I have a prince for you;

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Rana esculents – Edible Frog

Alan, enjoying a quiet life (with gentle and worthwhile corrections)

2 thoughts on “Worth

  1. Alan, Lovely dragonflies and damselflies. Watch those mosquitos though. I killed a “Asian Tiger Mosquito” on our balcony a couple of days ago (a carrier of dengue fever, encephalitis, malaria, among other diseases. and the upshot of it was, we emptied all of our trays under all of our plants, so not to give the little b***ds a place to breed).

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    1. Too many active predators around and in the pond to worry I think. And there is no standing, brakish water – the cesmes all flow constantly. Anyway, nasty creatures are not allowed this is a Specially Protected Area!

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