Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Gadfly


A while ago I used gaddabout as the word of the week. I was informed by Jim that I'd missed off gadfly. My excuse reason for that is it's not quite the same word.

A gadfly can be an actual fly – an annoying one. Horse flies and botflies irritate horses, cattle and people. I suppose that in rushing about trying to avoid being bitten by the pesky things, it might seem from a distance that their victims are on the gad.



A gadfly is also a person who upsets the status quo. Why anyone would want to I'm not sure - don't we all love rocking all over the world...? Sorry.

On our trip to the Outer Hebrides, Gary and I had very little trouble with midges, but on Eriskay we were plagued by horse flies at one particular spot.















What do you reckon; was it Jim's coment or the change to post more of my travel pictures which encouraged me to make gadfly the word of the week?

17 comments:

  1. absolutely, a great excuse to post more photos...and more, I hope :)

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  2. Sandflies are horrible too. Midges are the only reason I might smoke a cigarette again!

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    1. Sandflies are annoying - but not si bitey, I don't think?

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  3. I am so green with envy. Visiting the Scottish islands is high on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

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    1. I'm lucky to be able to travel to such lovely places, Carol.

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  4. Gadfly -- Gads! (Had a similar experience with horses and flies with my daughter on Assateague Island, years ago...

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  5. Any kind of fly, ugh. But gadfly is a cool word. I'll have to use it somewhere. :-)
    Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Well, not any kind of fly. Dragonflies a slightly elegant.

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    1. Yes, they are lovely. Damsel flies are rather nice too.

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  7. Gah, flies in general are terrible. *shiver*

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