Category: Science & Nature

Topics related to the World around us.

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Dragons in the Garden

It’s been blowing a hoolie here for the last few days thanks to our local Katabatic wind known as Ivor. That doesn’t seem to have stopped the dragonflies though and there have been quite a few in the garden. I’ve only ever had my phone with me when I’ve been out there so I haven’t...

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How Wales Can Help Save The Bees

According to the BBC, there are 180 species of bee in Wales, but they are in trouble. Seven species have already been wiped out, and there are five more on the brink of extinction. One of the species just barely clinging on is the large mason bee, which is only found in two sites in...

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Example and Help Pages for the Weather Station

Do you want to see what a subscription to the Borth & Ynyslas Weather Station allows you to see? Maybe you are already a subscriber but don’t know what ‘feels like temperature’ means or why pressure is displayed in millibars and not hectopascals? Well, such questions have now been answered as I have started to...

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Flowers Everywhere

There are quite a few flowers in the garden at the moment. The bees are loving the chives still and there’s even a surprise rose. I don’t know why it’s always a surprise as it flowers every year but I also do nothing to it and kind of forget that it is there until it...

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A few more Weather Station Updates

Just a quick post about a few more updates I’ve made to the Borth & Ynyslas Weather Station pages on this site. I’ve added a few extra bits of information here and there so will outline these below. Cloud Height First, I’ve added an estimation of the cloud height to the ‘Current Weather Conditions’ section...

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Borth & Ynyslas Weather Station

The weather station in our back garden now has a 2nd online home right here on A Simple Life of Luxury. It is hoped that it that will make it more accessible to locals and visitors alike. I have been running a weather station that uploads live data every minute from Ynyslas to the web...

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Four Spot Orb Weaver

Check out this beauty… The  Four Spot Orb Weaver (Araneus quadratus). The heaviest of the UK spiders and she made quite a clunk when she landed on me just now. According to the Advancing Arachnology website. As with other members of the genus, A. quadratus macerates its prey, rather than merely injecting digestive juices, sucking out the resulting...

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A Tuesday Morning Sunrise

It’s not looking too bad out there for a Tuesday morning in December. It’s 8am, the Borth & Ynyslas Weather Station is reading 1ºC and there’s lovely sunrise. There’s a decent surf rolling into the beach and it’s all overlooked by a thin crescent moon and the bright light of Venus. Lovely!

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A Cure for Corns, Osteoporosis and Aging thanks to Einstein.

Yep, you’ve read that right. Bear with me for an adventure into the weird and wonderful workings of my inner mind that can only lead to one thing. Time Time is weird. According to Einstein and his physics pals it’s relative and that does indeed seem to be the case. When we are young, live...

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The Fish of Borth Reef

Just a few stills from yesterday’s snorkelling session on the Borth Reef. Plenty of fish out there which is good. The Fish of Borth Reef