think of the kestrel as being the motorway bird of prey - hovering
above the grass verges but this morning it's a sparrowhawk that flies
across in front of us, on the New Park (north of Ossett) stretch of the
As the sparrowhawk's hunting technique is to fly low
and swoop over hedges to surprise its prey, it has to zip across the road
quickly to avoid colliding with the traffic.
I needed some containers for the Chinese ink washes that I'm using so
I bought a couple of screw-top jars at Calder Graphics a few weeks ago;
they're small glass jars (right, on the left) that
you might keep herbs in or use in a chemistry laboratory.
While we were in Boots today, I asked at the pharmacy if they had anything
suitable. These wide-necked, screw-top plastic sample jars
(right, on the right) are ideal. They're lighter and if they
get broken, by falling out of my haversack for example, there'll be no
broken glass to deal with.
Richard Bell, email@example.com