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Images from the land of the slightly upset oak tree

Comfortzone Expanding Wine

New wine

R had a theory that time goes faster as you get older because you have fewer new experiences. We decided to put this to the test by going for a different bottle of wine at our favourite Wallingford eatery. Comfort-zone expanding.

Biffa Bin


Garry, the garden waste bin, feels unloved. Biffa have been ignoring him. I've said not to take it personally, but I don't think I've been that persuasive.

Garry has written to Biffa, we'll keep you updated.

Tidy Jumps

Tidy jumps

The kids that jump really do keep the woods tidy. We could learn a thing or too from them. Not least because they clean up the mess that people throw out of their car windows and then blows in from the road.

Lock Rescue

Environment Agency prep

The environment agency are preparing a rescue mission for the lock keeper. First stage is creating a parking area that's protected from the mud-quake.

Office views

Office views

Hey, it's dual-aspect!



A working from home (working from the garden) upgrade: DasKeyboard. Clickerty click.

It's quiet on a Tuesday

Office views

In to the office on a Tuesday. Wow is it quiet.

Dead Bike

Dead bike

A locked up dead bike opposite Charring Cross police station. Active travel FTW.

Tree Fern Happy

Tree fern happy

Yup, the lovely tree fern is happy 😁


Horses at Hawker's

Horses at Hawker's Cove.

Harlyn Boarding

Boarding at Harlyn

Boarding at Harlyn

Winter boarding at Harlyn with F. Great waves!


Next door

Popped into next door to say hello to the neighbours.

Gravel loop ride

Gravel Ride

The diverge managed an awesome south Oxfordshire loop. It was nicely muddy, with only just enough grip from the hybrid tyres. A slip-sliding backend of a ride.



Happy new year.

Smiling but still a bit blurry.

Thames Path

Thames Path

The path is closed at Benson lock.

Thames Path

Debris damage to the wear and the walkway over it means the path across the river may be shut for a while, possibly to 2024.

Thames Path

Thames Path

The folks from Richmond who left their boat on the beach in September came back to try and pump it out. But the pump and generator weren't up to the task so the boat is still there... but now with fresh coloured holding straps.

Thames Path


The best footwear

The best footwear. Obvs.

Grand kids

Grand kids

The grand kids are still grand but not kids.


Nearly Christmas

Christmas eve pre-drinks.

Adventures in Wine

Found it

One of the guests needed some help selecting the wine for dinner. It turned into a little education for us, like a mini personalised wine tour!

Christmas drink prep

Christmas drink prep

Filtering and decanting.

Christmas drink prep


Morning coffee run

Polar express

A morning ride to grab coffee had the added bonus of watching the polar express warming up.

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