Archives for February 2011

Three Meadow Views

Meadow One

Meadow Two

Meadow Three

One afternoon, one meadow, three views.

Lonely Tree

Lonely Tree

One lonely tree on a bike ride in the new forest.

Joes’s Cafe

Joe's cafe

We missed Joe’s. But we’ll be back. It just has to be the best beach café. Ever. There’s even a facebook group for it.

Joe's Seat

Joe's Beach Bucket

Studland South Beach


A stop off on the way back from Corfe: Studland South Beach

Man U

Man U supporters had been there before us.

Hello My name Is

But we made sure people would know that we’d been there – at least until the next high tide.

I got sticks

F decided to draw a line all along the beach.

H found a cave

H decided finding caves was more fun – observe the high tech outdoor equipment he’s showing off in the pic.


Fay found a pill box, washed onto the beach by the eroding cliff

Pill box boy

which H explored.

Fortunately it was too cold for naturists.

Beyond Repair

Beyond Repair

This one was beyond even my DIY skills.

Time to call TeamLes™

The smallest town hall building in England

The smallest town hall building in England

Corfe Castle Views

Corfe Castle

God's Acre

The Knights of Corfe Castle

Sir Finn of Corfe Castle

Visitors to Corfe Castle beware…

Sir Fay

Sir Finn

…there are knights around…

Sir Finn battles Sir Fay

…who will challenge you to a duel by sword,

Sir Finn Karate Style

or chop seuy!

Four Door Poem

Door and a scooter

Door with a scooter.

Door and a wheeliebin

Door with a wheelie-bin.

Fay holding up the collapsed arch

Collapsed door with Fay supporting.

Finn in a doorway

And a small door with a Finn.

Relaxing on Holiday

Ewok, relaxing on holiday at Granddad's

Mum and dad had a party to go to in northern most London Towne, so Ewok took the boys to Granddad and Nana’s for a relaxing holiday.
Very relaxing.

Ewok does King of the Woodland

King Ewok

“Ah” said Ewok “It appears that this is not the definitive map you were looking for.” Other definitive maps may apply. Note: This post was updated on 2020-11-08 to fix broken links



H played for the school team today! Great game, 2-0 up against the run of play but the opposition pulled 2 back to level the score. Fantastic result for all.

The gunners went one better this evening, beating Barcelona 2-1. Happiness.

Divide and Plough

Divide and plough

The bridleway across the ploughed fields seen from Dyke Hills – an ancient defensive boundary from pre-Roman times that the lie between the south of the town and the river.

Above the flood plain

Above the flood plain

I was surprised that the environment agency doesn’t include our postcode for flood alerts. But a quick look at the OS map shows that we’re higher than a  huge swathe of the surrounding countryside along this reach of the river.

Who drank my tea?

Who drank my tea

Turn your back for a moment and look what happens!

Spring is coming

Spring Bulbs

Snowdrops and crocuses peeking out.

Morning contrails

Misty Morning Blue

Like arrows pointing to something unseen. In colour

Misty morning contrails

and in monochrome.

Two views of the path to the River

River path

Monday was stormy and dark, but late in the afternoon the weather system passed south (to the right in the pic above) and the skies opened up.

path to the misty river

No cloud overnight meant a misty start to Tuesday, with the river disappearing in clouds of water vapor rolling across the field.

Winter Sunset

Winter sunset

A winter sunset across the field in front of the house. At the end of a stormy day like this you can watch those cloud shapes changing for hours.

Arsenal Fan?

Ewok, Aresnal Supporter

Yikes! Ewok appears to be an Arsenal fan now – just look at his bed! I do hope Sounders aren’t too disappointed…



Big nephew H’s Big seventh dragon birthday party. Grrrrrr. Big fun.



Ewok’s friend Missy came to visit.


rest break

Blowing out the cobwebs by exploring the bridleways of South Oxfordshire…

Rolling hills

…and the views they open up.

Someone's got a dirt bike track

There’s some strange stuff hereabouts. Like this pig farm with private dirt bike track.

The field

The field

The winter crop (still don’t know what it is) is taking shape.

The River Thames at Wallingford Bridge

The Thames at Wallingford Bridge

Pausing to meditate on Wallingford Bridge on a walk home from town along the river.

900 feet long, 22 arches, with portions “ believed to contain 13th century elements ”.

Shipped It

Ship It

Friday was my last day with Microsoft.
A sad-happy day since Microsoft was a great company to work for, that let me do some awesome things with a bunch of wonderful people.
But now it’s time for a little change <grin />.

Friday was also the day that the patent award and WP7 “ship it” arrived.
Timing sometimes is everything.

Right, time to get back to my life of leisure…