Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) is a plant in the family Caryophyllaceae. This species is native to Europe, where it is found along roads and in wet meadows and pastures. In Britain it has declined in numbers because of modern farming techniques and draining of wet-lands and is now no longer common.

Plants form a rosette of low growing foliage with numerous flower stems 20 to 90 cm tall. The stems rise above the foliage and branch near the top of the stem and end with the pink flowers which are 3-4 cm across. The flowers have five narrow petals deeply divided into four lobes giving the flower an untidy, ragged appearance, hence its common name. The calyx tube is five-toothed with ten stamens. The leaves are paired, with the lower leaves spoon-shaped and stalked. The middle and upper leaves are linear-lanceolate with pointed apexes. All of the leaves are untoothed. The stems have barbed hairs pointing downward and these hairs make the plant rough to the touch. Ragged Robins bloom from May to August, occasionally later, and butterflies and long-tongued bees feed on the flowers nectar. The fruits consist of small (6-10 mm) capsules opening on top by five teeth and containing many small seeds, they are found on the plants from August onwards.

It has become naturalized in northeastern United States as well as parts of the South East of the UK.

  

 

 

The low down on the chicken

The chicken (Gallus gallus, sometimes G. gallus domesticus) is a domesticated fowl likely descended from the wild Indian and southeast Asian Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) and the related Grey Junglefowl (G. sonneratii). Traditionally it has been widely accepted that the chicken was descended solely from the former, as hybrids of both wild types tended toward sterility; but recent genetic work has revealed that the genotype for yellow skin present in the domestic fowl is not present in what is otherwise its closest kin, the Red Junglefowl. It is deemed most likely, then, that the yellow skin trait in domestic birds originated in the Grey Junglefowl.

The chicken is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals. With a population of more than 24 billion in 2003, there are more chickens in the world than any other bird. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, with both their meat and their eggs consumed. 

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He likes to keep his beady eye on things....... 

Holly the caching dog

 Holly 1991 - 2007

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05/01/2013

  GC43P20

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Is that tree looking at me?


Searching for Billy Goat Gruff


Found a cache instead



Ragged Robin's ** Profile:-

 

Hi, I am Ragged Robin, I love to go caching but there is always something to get in my way. My smashing little friend Holly and walking partner (West Highland Terrier aged 16) is missed on my quest for caches,as she sadly died in April 2007.
On a brighter note, I am currently working as a Building Surveyor for a property Maintenance Team in Surrey; I also live in leafy Surrey UK.  
Hobbies are Walking, Photography, Architecture and I have a passion for gadgets.
Happy caching everyone and I hope to meet some of you while I am out.
Kind regards
   
Ragged Robin **
 

 Ragged Robin **

 


First Time Finds: 

FTF 1.   Parklife.........................................31/07/2008

FTF 2.  The Gate To No where.............23/10/2008

FTF 3.  Church Micro 408 .....................29/12/2008

FTF 4.  Upper Halliford Park................24/02/2009

FTF 5.  Arrow and Trefoil.....................10/03/2009

FTF 6. (shared) Staines moor 1............30/03/2009

FTF 7. (shared) Staines Moor 2...........30/03/2009

FTF 8.  Staines Moor 6...........................30/03/2009

FTF 9.  Staines Moor 8...........................30/03/2009

FTF 10. The Royal Maze..........................25/07/2009

FTF 11. Spitfire Hero..............................02/08/2009

FTF 12. Branching out..............................19/08/2009

FTF 13. Centenarian plus 2......................12/11/2009

FTF14.  Epsom Station............................26/02/2010

FTF15. Church Micro 1592 Bedfont....08/02/2011

FTF16.  Yet more old iron........................10/05/2011

FTF17. Centenarian in memorium..........07/08/2011

FTF18. Look Out ......................................05/09/2013





Interesting happenings and upsets while caching:

  • Fell into nettles.
  • Fell into a bog.
  • Fell into a ditch.
  • Fell from a high tree.
  • Fell from a low tree/branch.
  • Fell into a stream.
  • Won't go there due to H&S.
  • Stung by nettles.
  • Stung by insects.
  • Shouldn't have worn shorts.
  • Scratched by barber wire.
  • Scratched and tangled by brambles.
  • Chased by cows.
  • Chased by horses.
  • Chased by bull/bulls.
  • Chased by sheep.
  • Dive bombed by birds.
  • Got horribly lost.
  • Got horribly wet in the rain.
  • Told to"get off my land"
  • Spoken to by the police.
  • Explained what I was looking for.
  • Ended up in someone's private garden.
  • Forgot to download cache info.
  • Wasted journey.
  • Battery failure.
  • Forgot to sign the log due to panic.
  • Lost caching gear en-route.
  • Met nice caching people.
  • Met rude  muggles.
  • Met nice muggles.
  • Converted a muggle to a cacher.
  • Forgot the spot where the cache came from.
  • Got confused and visited one cache twice.
  • Pretending my sat nav was a phone.
  • Doing up laces that don't exist.
  • Looking for something I had just dropped  (not really)



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What is Geocaching ?

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
























** The name (Ragged Robin) chosen as a Geocaching pseudonym has no connection with any similar sounding cartoon character, business, person or persons in the UK or World Wide but relates to the perennial herb (Lychnis flos-cuculi)