Archives for September 2019

Reading spot

Favourite reading spot

F in a favourite spot working through his 積ん読.

Memories of Gran

Memories of Wanstead

Looking out on to some memories. Thanks Gran.

A weekend with A & F

With A & F

Clip and climb

Cream tea

A weekend in Devon with A & F. Highlights included some climbing at Clip & Climb (A is faster than me!!! F made the top of the hexagon wall!!!) and Cream ~~Tea~~ Hot Chocolate and Flat White at Toast.

Saying Hello


Student digs: New room. New house. New town.

Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye

With H

Saying goodbye. H is off to University. It was probably a good idea that F didn't come with us to drop him off :-)

Double Rainbow

Double rainbow


Taking back control

As Charles would say: "How's that working out for you?". So glad to see that we are taking back control. Although, as ever, the crux is who exactly do you mean by "we".

> A parliamentary system or parliamentary democracy is a system of democratic governance of a state (or subordinate entity) where the executive derives its democratic legitimacy from its ability to command the confidence of the legislature, typically a parliament, and is also held accountable to that parliament.

I guess this is (Another Fine Mess)². Looking forward to the next in the series, (Another Fine Mess)³.

Cut flower

Cut flower. From the garden. It's huge!

Big flowers from the garden. I'm thinking of wearing some in my hair.

Preparation is key

It is all in the preparation

H is off to University on Thursday. Everything is under control.

Craft Burger

Craft burger, Oxford (Headington). Most awesome.

Craft Burger in Oxford (Headington). Recommended.

The water poet

The water poet all alone

The Water Poet has closed to make way for a redevelopment. But right now it looks like the building might survive, if only as a facade.

What happened after harvest ?

Field. Harvested but not ploughed weeks later

Most years the fields have been harvested, ploughed and planted by now. In 2011 it was done by the end of July. In 2010 the next crop was in by now.

This year, the wheat was harvested and then... nothing.

It's almost as if farmers had no clue who was going the buy their crops next year.

Another fine mess

Metro: another fine mess. Newspapers on trains

Speech. Less.

After five seasons

After five seasons

Oxford. Form the Westgate. After Five Seasons. A film about the gardens of Piet Oudolf.

Currently Reading

Currently reading

Currently reading: Points of Origin, 刁斗 (Diao Dou)

Taking cover

Take cover

Usually, the start of the football season is marked by the return of rain, wind and bone chilling temperatures. Not so this year. The first game needed sun protection.

Quiet. Wallingford

11 am on a Saturday. Wallingford. Quiet. Very quiet.

Saturday. 11am. Very, very quiet in Wallingford.

Cadoc's Point

Cadoc’s Point. Cornwall.

Card scoring

cards, scoring. I lost

I lost.

Padstow in between

Padstow boats

Stein's queue

Padstow inner harbour

Around Padstow, in between eating good food at various Steiniums.

Harlyn Beach

Harlyn beach

Harlyn beach. Sand for miles.

Harlyn Walks


The bench. With faded flowers and memories.

Coast walk

Coast walk

Evening sun at Harlyn.

Mother Ivy's Bay

Mother Ivy's Bay

Morning light at Mother Ivy's Bay.

Wetness over Harlyn

Afternoon Rain.