Walking with dinosaurs’.

Dippy on Tour

Dippy – the Diplodocus is the  famous dinosaur which has had a starring role at London’s National History Museum since 1905. Over the next 2 years Dippy is on tour of the UK. We will be able to see him for the 1st time outside London.



Dippy will be on show a the following places full details on this link.


  • Dorset County Museum 10/02 to 07/05/2018.
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 26/05/2018.
  • Ulster Museum 28/0918  to 06/01/2019.
  • Glasgow Museum 22/01 to 05/05/2019.
  •  Newcastle upon Tyne 18/05 to 06/10/2019.
  • Nation Assembly Wales 19/10/19 to 26/01/2020.
  • Rochdale 10/02 to 28/06/2020.
  • Norwich Cathedral 11/07 to 31/10/2020.





Being we live in Hampshire we booked our ticket to see Dippy at Dorchester Dorset.

The 70ft plaster-cast sauropod replica has dominated the Natural History Museum’s vast Hintze hall ever since.

He became an instantly recognisable symbol of the London museum, standing just inside the main visitors’ entrance.



Dippy  is a cast of is a Diplodocus,copied from original fossil bones discovered in the US in 1898,  a herbivore with a long neck that it would  use to reach high and low vegetation and water.

It is one of the longest dinosaurs and lived during the late Jurassic Period, about 150 million to 155 million years ago.


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A walk on the pier

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I last visited Southsea pier in December 2015 when it was closed and being restored – click on link below for details and history of the pier.

Southsea Pier Blog 2015

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southsea pier 4.jpg Construction of the pier started in 1878 and it was officially opened on 26 July 1879. It was partly dismantled during WW2 in an attempt to hinder any possible German invasion. Over the years it caught fire several times, most famously in 1974 during shooting of the film “Tommy”.

Over time maintaining the pier ran into many £1000’s a year and like many other British pier’s Southsea’s was failing, By November 2013, following an attempt by the owner to re-open the Pier, Portsmouth Council served a formal closure notice on the Pier to “protect the public from immediate danger”.

Much local involvement led to new investment in the pier to save it. In April 2017 with more than four million pounds  spent repairing the structure and  building, the new owners announced they had secured the pier’s long-term future and were ready to open the pier to the public again.

Under the pier, often an area overlooked by pier visitors.

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Dead starfish washed up on Southsea beach, there were many hundred along the strand line.

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Watch this spot


I have taken these red seaweeds which were free-floating under the water. At present it is far too cold to get into the water to take such  pictures, these were taken by putting a camera on a pole and  pointing in the right direction. This is a new area of photography for me which I plan to do more of in the summer months.


Little Brown Bird


Two  Dunnock singing to each other on a fence this morning. (one with a leg ring).




The Dunnock is a small brown and grey bird, some what unobtrusive, they can be easily overlooked as they creep along the edge of a hedge, moving with a nervous, gait, often flicking its wings as they go.





another view/post of this bird


block the gap


Spotted these WW2 defensive blocks yesterday from a traffic-jam must have pasted them many times without seeing them. In Warren Avenue Shirley Southampton @ SU 39672 14336. Most covered in Ivy short stretch of blocks before re-enforced  stream. Secondary / Stop defence line using the natural dip in the land and small waterway.

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keep your eyes open.



Sunday morning, many people enjoying the sunshine this morning, Rushing about looking at mobile screens, drinking coffee from the Cafe Van by the toilet block. So many people just do not see what is a few yards from them and the shore.

I was enjoying watching Oystercatchers landing on the exposed shingle spit.



When Mr Seal popped his head out of the water.



3rd time now I have seen Seals in Solent so it is becoming more common but un-noticed by so many and while my pictures will not win any awards they are a record of my sighting and maybe one quiet day I will get some clearer and closer shot.