Sunday, 27 March 2011

Landscape photography day.

Went to a landscape photography workshop with the National Trust at Avebury. A talk on some of the technical bits, then a walk around to take some pictures.

After lunch; the showing of the results and discussion in the group.

Difficult to find something new in a place so near, but being pushed to do so was a good challenge; it was an interesting and fun day.

Broad beans.

The broad beans are just showing through.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Warmer weather and butterflies.

Two hours at the plot, mostly digging out weeds where the potatoes are to go. I have a crop rotation based on trying to remember where things went last year and putting them somewhere else this time.

A warm sunny day day, saw the first butterflies of 2011, a bit hazy looking down towards Salisbury Plain.

Picked some rhubarb, and dug up some leeks. No sign of the broad beans yet, I think I might dig one up at the weekend to check they haven't been eaten by mice.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Notes from Overground.

Just started reading Notes from Overground by Tiresias (a psuedonym for Roger Green). These are jottings from a long period of commuting by train from Oxford to London. The book was published in 1984 and I believe is now out of print. It was highly recommended, and rightly so, on Joe Morans's blog. This might give a flavour;

Unexplained delay at Didcot. (Nothing abnormal about that). At last, two uniformed soldiers boarded the train. Handcuffed to one of them a pugnacious-looking, close cropped, bedenimmed youth. Train moves off. Law-abiding commuters look variously annoyed, smug, curious, compassionate indifferent. We should not. And therefore never send to know. Casual travellers do not notice our handcuffs. Few of us sense the bracelets round our own wrists. But they are there, along with the uniformed escort. There, too, rigid rails and sharp ballast: iron bars and stone walls which do make a prison and a cage. Man is born free and is everywhere in trains.