Monday, December 8, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Probably no one has noticed, but, as well as a cow phase, I have also been having a minor black and white phase...
The two phases can sometimes be combined to make a true masterpiece!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
It is a place where people have been known to lose their heads
Where bicycles are very important. (Although you actually see more of them being ridden in London).
Where the building that should be the opera house is actually the stock exchange
Where they have taken the Boris Bicycle concept several stages further...?
And where the picktur blogger is permanently drunk due to the local beverage coming in too large bottles; please scuse typos.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Seen from the platform at Pangbourne railway station, the graffiti on the fence in the background is probably aimed at the Thames Valley London commuters. But be careful of you do quit your jobs - you might end up like these two!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
As well as ocean swell, there are other after effects of storms. One is the amount of water falling in the water falls. I actually didn't know we live near a waterfall until this week. It is Scaleber Foss, and only 1.3 miles from our house (although up a stupidly steep hill). I learned later that it is a top photography spot, so it is lucky that James encouraged me to take my camera along just in case there was something to see.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Another storm yesterday, and the autumn colours are not going to last much longer. Better blog them while I still can.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The fun thing about the ocean, is that the waves can come quite a while after the weather. So, while the storm had blown over the day before, the sea was just getting going.
Some rain stopped us mountain biking on the way over to Scotland's east coast, but it had stopped by the time we got to the seaside.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
My memories of autumn from when I were a lass are of slipping about on mushy brown leaves on the ground, and of wind, rain and days so dark you can barely see across the school hall. There must have been some climate change because we now have some sunny days with little hints of yellow and orange on many of the trees. It's nothing like Japan, obviously (many more degrees of climate change to go before we get there), but still...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
In light of recent events, it seems appropriate to post these pickturs.
Spot the marathon man...
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Not sure whether to go backwards, forwards, or randomly in time with my backlog of unblogged photos.
This one was taken yesterday.
Sun continues unabated. Well, OK, so there is the occasional heavy rainstorm, but this is upland Britain for goodness sake... Sunday is the 3 peaks cyclocross race, traditionally a cold and rainy mudfest. After the driest September in forever, perhaps it will be a pleasant roll over the hills. This is the third peak - Pen-y-ghent - as seen yesterday, from the back of a high-speed tandem.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Decided to go shopping so yesterday we headed for the High Street near Ullswater in Cumbria.
Getting there was a bit harder than expected, as there was no railway station, and it involved a 700m climb from the car park. Views were nice though.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Londinium has, to me, always seemed alien to the rest of the UK, but the Thames Valley has become another country too. It is so polished that it seems more like a theme park than a real place.
Palaces and pleasure boating...
Perfect bijou gardening...
Hand-knitted designer bricking and flinting...
For those who don't know their UK geography, the Thames is the big river that runs right through Londinium. Thus, anywhere along its banks are the most sought after places to live, as you can easily commute in to the city.
Monday, July 28, 2014
We used to tell our Japanese friends that certain things were Better in Britain. One such myth we accidentally perpetuated was the value of stricter planning regulations. Japanese cities are, on the whole, an awful jumble of buildings. Not so in the UK, we told our friends. We clearly misunderstood completely. During our decade long sojourn overseas, Londinium has been reinventing itself as a poor replica of some chaotic south east asian mega-city.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
A new religion has taken hold of the town of Skipton. It is the yellow faith of St Bicycles.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The question of exactly what is being fed by our garden bird feeders remains as much a live topic as ever.
The squirrel school is going very well. They have trained James to make gradually more difficult puzzles. Each new one can be completed after about a day of hard thought. Then James has to think up a new, more difficult challenge for them. This step by step progression is ideal for honing the problem solving abilities of both James and the squirrels.