Daily Photos 2016-17: 171 to 220

Here is the next batch of photos taken each day, taking us through the autumn: low light evening and morning, first frosts, trees transforming, a trip to Bath, another new mountain bike.

Brockwood Park School Autumn Workshop Week
Brockwood Park School Autumn Workshop Week
Red autumn maple leaves
Red autumn maple leaves
Beech in autumn
Beech in autumn
Little Switzerland, Hampshire
Little Switzerland, Hampshire

Yellowing beech leaves Fishing boat at The Camber, Portsmouth

Frosty Morning
Frosty Morning
Autumn flowers
Autumn flowers

Sunset

Steenbeck film editing machine, BFI
Steenbeck film editing machine, BFI
Brockwood Park Lodge
Brockwood Park Lodge
Under beech trees, Brockwood Park
Under beech trees, Brockwood Park
Misty morning
Misty morning
Rays of light
Rays of light
Weeke, Winchester
Weeke, Winchester
Golden autumn leaves
Golden autumn leaves
Tree arch
Tree arch
Broad Street, Alresford
Broad Street, Alresford
Clouds and water tower
Clouds and water tower
Joan's Acre, Hampshire
Joan’s Acre, Hampshire
Autumn trees
Autumn trees
Brock'wood' in leaves
Brock’wood’ in leaves
Brockwood Park School
Brockwood Park School
Krishnamurti Centre, Keith Critchlow Talk
Krishnamurti Centre, Keith Critchlow Talk
Droxford Church Tower
Droxford Church Tower
Bird Zero TR Mountain Bike 2016
Bird Zero TR Mountain Bike 2016
Autumn colours
Autumn colours

Sunset through windows

Mist and light through trees
Mist and light through trees
Bird Zero TR Mountain Bike Demo, Swinley
Bird Zero TR Mountain Bike Demo, Swinley
Autumn sunset
Autumn sunset
Leaves under trees
Leaves under trees
Red autumn leaves on house
Red autumn leaves on house
October Sunset
October Sunset
Itchen Stoke Church
Itchen Stoke Church
Flowers on bank
Flowers on bank
Alresford Linen Company Shop
Alresford Linen Company Shop
Armsworth Park, Hampshire
Armsworth Park, Hampshire
Grey Herron, Wisley Gardens
Grey Herron, Wisley Gardens
Red Autumn Leaves
Red Autumn Leaves
Morning light
Morning light
The Paragon, Bath
The Paragon, Bath
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Sunset clouds
Sunset clouds
Autumn, Brockwood Park
Autumn, Brockwood Park
Conker tower
Conker tower
Pink Daisies
Pink Daisies
Brockwood Park Pavilions
Brockwood Park Pavilions

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Evening ride along the bridleways nearly to Upper Weild as the sun set. Puncture! Tire had gone down a bit overnight, but not a lot so I pumped it up and set off, checking it regularly. It was only when I went fast downhill on the way back that it very quickly it deflated. Rather than push it all the way back, I asked a lady if I could leave it in her garden while I walked home for the car. The sun set as I neared.

Otherwise a quiet day, alone in the office. Lunches at the school are getting quite posh, today with a quiche and veggies in white sauce. Sat in the sun out of the wind with friends.

Did a seven minute workout last night from the wahoo app, thirty second each activity then ten seconds rest. Slept well on it and will do another tonight. Getting to sleep pretty early and my sleep quality average is back in the upper seventies after dropping in the late summer.

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Attempting to write every day, starting from now, inspired by a Zen Habits post. I don’t tend to sit in the evenings these days so writing can be sort of instead of that. 

Half day at work then home for a rest before counselling session: abandonment, controlling my environment, shyness, being part of a group, the new course and the new group. Good to have that ear available and that support and encouragement to go into things. As Derren Brown said last week, we are fine paying for gyms and things to aid our body but we shy away from spending money on our mind and emotions, as if it’s something to snigger at. I see acceptance of counselling growing. 

MTB ride afterwards, along the usual track, part of the Ox Drove way. So much fun. Already wanting to upgrade my bike, which I will for a Bird once I sell my ebike. Now or in the spring. Now I reckon. Will soon run out of light for evening rides though. Mornings?

Feeling good these days and glad to be more engaged with activity than in the gap between level two and three. Looking forward to the class Thursday.

Daily Photos 2016-17: 151 to 170

Here is the next batch of photos taken each day, taking us from Late Summer into Autumn proper. A mixed bag, including a day’s canoeing in Dorset, a new mountain bike, the Alresford Scarecrow Festival and some of the last flowers of the season.

Honeycomb
Honeycomb
Avington
Avington
Chimney sweeping, Villager stove
Chimney sweeping, Villager stove
Poisonous mushroom
Poisonous mushroom
Boardman Comp 2016 MTB
Boardman Comp 2016 MTB
Dragon plant
Dragon plant
Dawn light
Dawn light
Odd ones out.
Odd ones out.
Lady scarecrow with flowers, at the Alresford Scarecrow festival
Lady scarecrow with flowers, at the Alresford Scarecrow festival
Horse chestnut leaves in autumn
Horse chestnut leaves in autumn
Cedar cones
Cedar cones
Parson's Chamber and Old Harry Rocks
Parson’s Chamber and Old Harry Rocks
Winchester High Street
Winchester High Street
The Soke, Alresford
The Soke, Alresford
Yellow fungus
Yellow fungus
Bee on daisy
Bee on daisy
Sunset, Upper Wield
Sunset, Upper Wield
Calves on straw
Calves on straw
Wood Chipping Lorry
Wood Chipping Lorry
Old Alresford Cricket Pitch
Old Alresford Cricket Pitch

 

 

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First run on my Boardman Comp mtb this evening. So much fun. Makes me not want to commute by bike anymore along the roads, just so I can get back and go for a track ride. Tyres were too pumped at first and so I was bumping along and it was hard on the hands. Let some air out later and all good. Then discovered the adjustment to the air forks, so I can play with that next time. The uphills provided the workout I need and the downhills were just a blast. Nothing steep, just a run to Wield to the north east.


The Boardman 2016 Comp mountain bike.

Enjoying the qigong too. A good way to start the day after my 6am sit. Then luxuriously back to bed to a snooze along with some gentle music. Yesterday was Maclemore’s first, a good listen but not snoozeable to.

Lunch at the Krishnamurti Centre, my day to eat there rather than the school. Spiked chilli beans. Chef had put chocolate in and I didn’t find out until afterwards. I now feel a bit unbalanced and buzzy. Hopefully not too strong a hangover feeling tomorrow, which the sugar can bring. Not sure about cocoa on its own as I haven’t had it for years.

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Went to see Derren Brown, who talked on the subject of his new book, Happiness. Basically it’s based on stoicism and most of what he said makes a lot of sense, especially the not getting involved in things you have no power over and daring to let them be fine. He was good at dismantling the myth of positive thinking and of trying to get somewhere. Once the basics are taken care of there is nowhere to get to.

Before that, taught yoga. Had to make the class a little shorter to get away on time. Went well and was enjoyable, words coming easier than they once did. It’s like they are immediately available to the tongue, whereas once, not so long ago, I had to work to seek them out and fit them to the action.

New mountain bike tomorrow, my first for 25 years when my Kona was nicked pretty much on arrival in Portsmouth. Since 2000 I’ve had hybrids. Keeping my Cannondale CX3 Cytronex ebike for commuting, this is for off road fun. Printed some routes at work; may take an afternoon off this week for it.

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Woke feeling grumpy. Daily photo of pink morning light. Did ten minutes of qigong from video, first  since reading barefoot doctor years ago. Listening to various music and none of it quite right. Realised it wasn’t the music’s doing but mine. So I honed right in on the Japanese flute playing, and in following it closely for some moments, suddenly the grump was gone and I felt refreshed and ready for the day. 

Breakfast of riveta with almond butter and St Dalfour orange marmalade, my usual first breakfast. To Halfords to check out size of the boardman mtb I’ve ordered. Definitely need medium for ball saving and it needs to be more manouverable than my large hybrid. Collecting it in a couple of days. Can’t wait to bomb along the local bridleways and try the singletrack at QE Country Park and beyond. Need to move move, on top of the exercise from the ebike commute, work the lungs and heart a little more. Bike looks great. Good time to buy, the 2016 models all being deeply discounted, with the 2017s just out.

Then into the IKEA purchases from yesterday. New kitchen lights to replace singed old ones someone else caused. Billy bookcase for lounge cupboard. Then, much longer, Hemnes cabinet for shoes, so no more shoes around the hall floor. Making that took much of the afternoon.

Jools Holland with Madness with supper. Remembering dancing to One Step Beyond at youth club in 1979. Liked The Divine Comedy’s new stuff. However, favourite song currently:

Daily Photos 2016-17: 121 to 150

Here is the next batch of photos taken each day, taking us deep into the serotinal Late Summer season. It includes a visit to London for the Krishnamurti Concert at Cadogan Hall, the coast at Meon Shore and West Wittering. Otherwise most photos are at Brockwood Park and mid Hampshire.

Sun in blue sky
Sun in blue sky
Yellow moth
Yellow moth
Brockwood Park School and Krishnamurti Centre
Brockwood Park School and Krishnamurti Centre
Festival clear-up, Boomtown
Festival clear-up, Boomtown
The Bell Alresford
The Bell Alresford
Brockwood Park School organic vegetable garden
Brockwood Park School organic vegetable garden
Parklife
Parklife
The pigeon is dead
The pigeon is dead
Pond in Queen Mary's Gardens, The Regent's Park
Pond in Queen Mary’s Gardens, The Regent’s Park
West Wittering and cargo ship
West Wittering and cargo ship
Swan turning white
Swan turning white
Yellow rose
Yellow rose
Fuchsia
Fuchsia
Alton High Street
Alton High Street
Misty morning early September
Misty morning early September
Maria Pires, Krishnamurti Concert warmup, Cadogan Hall
Maria Pires, Krishnamurti Concert warmup, Cadogan Hall
Hops in vase
Hops in vase
MacBook Pro, Yamaha headphones, in bed
MacBook Pro, Yamaha headphones, in bed
Light on ceiling
Light on ceiling
Under the beech tree
Under the beech tree
Old Alresford
Old Alresford
Gosh! mushroom burger
Gosh! mushroom burger
Sheep and cedar
Sheep and cedar
White roses
White roses
Crocus
Crocus

 

Daily Photos 2016-17: 91 to 120

The height of summer. Two trips to Devon – Paignton and then South Hams. Also visits to Buckingham and London. Otherwise, mainly photographs around Brockwood Park, including the installation of a new fountain at the Krishnamurti Centre, the old one having cracked in the cold during the 90s.

Paignton Beach, Devon
Paignton Beach, Devon
Jacob's Ladder, Sidmouth
Jacob’s Ladder, Sidmouth
River Itchen at Chilland
River Itchen at Chilland
Duncan Toms Selfie with Lumix TZ70
Duncan Toms Selfie with Lumix TZ70
Black sails on Solent
Black sails on Solent
Butterfly on flower
Butterfly on flower
Wheat ready to harvest
Wheat ready to harvest
Hydrangea with two flower types
Hydrangea with two flower types
Brockwood Rose Garden
Brockwood Rose Garden
Brockwood Park School with scaffold
Brockwood Park School with scaffold
Krishnamurti Centre pond renewal
Krishnamurti Centre pond renewal
Abbey Road Zebra Crossing London
Abbey Road Zebra Crossing London

Grandparents enjoying the garden

Krishnamurti Centre new fountain
Krishnamurti Centre new fountain

Brown and white cows with horns, and bull

Shady sheep siesta
Shady sheep siesta
Mouthwell, Hope, Devon
Mouthwell, Hope, Devon
Kingsbridge Estuary from Salcombe
Kingsbridge Estuary from Salcombe
Woodleigh railway bridge, Devon
Woodleigh railway bridge, Devon
Three friendly cows
Three friendly cows
Lavender flower
Lavender flower
Summer blues and greens
Summer blues and greens
Horse & Groom Alresford
Horse & Groom Alresford
Pink flowers
Pink flowers
Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral
The Swan Hotel Alresford
The Swan Hotel Alresford
Purple flowers
Purple flowers
Red flowers
Red flowers
Raspberries on fingers
Raspberries on fingers
The Hinton Arms
The Hinton Arms

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This batch is mainly focussed on our summer holidays in the Swedish archipelago south of Stockholm

 

Fern
Fern

 

Dive mid air
Dive mid air

 

Leaving Trosa
Leaving Trosa

 

Stripy cloud
Stripy cloud

 

Light behind clouds
Light behind clouds

 

Wakeboarding at sunset
Wakeboarding at sunset

 

Harp playing at Brockwood
Harp playing at Brockwood

 

 

 

Lilyflowers
Lilyflowers
Purple flowers, brick wall
Purple flowers, brick wall

 

Gunwharf lines
Gunwharf lines

 

Sweden Sauna on Island
Sweden Sauna on Island

 

Kids and dingy
Kids and dingy

 

Watsky tube riding
Watsky tube riding

 

Swedish Isle
Swedish Isle

 

Nowegian flight leaving Stockholm
Norwegian flight leaving Stockholm

 

Bumblebee on clover
Bumblebee on clover

 

Wispy cloud
Wispy cloud

 

Glass and stainless steel balcony rail
Glass and stainless steel balcony rail

 

Early morning light through window
Early morning light through window

 

Rare orchid
Rare orchid

He leant back against the hives, and with upturned face made observations on the stars, whose cold pulses were beating amid the black hollows above, in serene dissociation from these two wisps of human life. He asked how far away those twinklers were, and whether God was on the other side of them.

“Did you say the stars were worlds, Tess?”

“Yes.”

“All like ours?”

“I don’t know; but I think so. They sometimes seem to be like the apples on our stubbard-tree. Most of them splendid and sound — a few blighted.”

“Which do we live on — a splendid one or a blighted one?”

“A blighted one.”

 

~ Thomas Hardy

Daily Photos 2016-17: 51 to 70

Here is the next batch of photos taken each day. A trip to the Lake District, a rare orchid, summer in full glory. (Random order.)

Great Langdale Low Clouds
Great Langdale Low Clouds

 

Handkerchief Tree
Handkerchief Tree

 

Lavender and Arch
Lavender and Arch

 

 

Lake Winderemere
Lake Windermere and River Leven

 

Coniston Fells from Grizedale
Coniston Fells from Grizedale

 

Alien flowers
Alien flowers in rain

 

M6 Knutsford
M6 Knutsford

 

Lake Windermere South
Lake Windermere at Fell Foot

 

Langstrath, Lake District
Langstrath, Lake District

 

Merry-go-round Horses
Merry-go-round Horses

 

Underneath rhododendron
Underneath rhododendron

 

Brockwood Park Grove
Brockwood Park Grove

 

Wisely Gardens Glasshouse
Wisely Gardens Glasshouse

 

Rare Orchid
Rare Orchid

 

Southsea Castle and Lighthouse
Southsea Castle and Lighthouse

 

Crinkle Crags Summit
Alex, Crinkle Crags Summit

 

Gary Primrose
Gary Primrose at Yewfield

 

Alresford Broad Street Garden
Alresford Broad Street Garden

 

Langdale Pikes
Langdale Pikes

 

Lilyflower
Lilyflower

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Here is the next batch of photos I’ve taken each day. Spring deepens, blossoms and bluebells continue, fresh leaves arrive. This set includes trips to the Isle of Purbeck and Puy L’Eveque in Lot, France.

 

English folk dancing at Winchester Cathedral
English folk dancing at Winchester Cathedral

 

Lane to Brockwood
Lane to Brockwood

 

Brockwood Park Grove
Brockwood Park Grove

 

Wisteria around Georgian Window
Wisteria around Georgian Window

 

Puy L'Eveque medieval passageway
Puy L’Eveque medieval passageway

 

Cat behind shutters
Cat behind shutters

 

Cahors arched alley
Cahors arched alley

 

Puy L'Eveque, Lot
Puy L’Eveque, Lot

 

Portsmouth from the air
Portsmouth from the air

 

Apple blossom at Krishnamurti Centre
Apple blossom at Krishnamurti Centre

 

Bluebells in Brockwood Park Grove
Bluebells in Brockwood Park Grove

 

Ewe and lambs
Ewe and lambs

 

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Gundleton Rail Bridge, Watercress Line

 

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God’s Acre Cemetery and Corfe Castle

 

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Kimmeridge Bay and the Jurassic Coast, Dorset

 

Anvil Point and Lighthouse, Dorset
Anvil Point and Lighthouse, Dorset

 

Fresh beech leaves
Fresh beech leaves

 

Single bluebell, with insect
Single bluebell, with insect

 

Spring copper beeches
Spring copper beeches

 

Apple blossom
Apple blossom

 

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Here is the next batch of photos taken each day. Spring is in full bloom, with the focus here on bluebells and blossoms. I consider myself very fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty in my daily life.

Bank of primroses
Bank of primroses

 

Last frost morning of the season
Last frost morning of the season

 

Cytronex Cannondale ebike at The Bush Inn
Cytronex Cannondale eBike at The Bush Inn

 

Bluebells at Joan's Acre, Hinton Ampner
Bluebells at Joan’s Acre Wood, Hinton Ampner

 

Cherry tree in blossom
Cherry tree in blossom

 

Footpath through bluebells
Footpath through bluebells

 

Sky flowers
Sky flowers

 

Bluebells, whitebells, violetbells
Bluebells, whitebells, violetbells

 

Pear tree in blossom espaliered against old brick wall
Pear tree in blossom espaliered against old brick wall

 

Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral

 

Weekend Walk – Bishops Sutton and Gundleton

Scenes during a walk in late autumn, from Bishops Sutton near Alresford, to Gundleton and back.

 

An old granary at the northern edge of Bishops Sutton, perched on staddlestones to keep it drier and relatively rodent-proof:

 

Granary

 

 

A new house (Southview) built next to the Watercress Line. This is looking west:Watercress Line, Bishops Sutton

 

Watercress line from Bighton Lane, looking east:Watercress Line, Bishops Sutton

A dovecote in a scruffy garden near the railway: Dovecote, Bishops Sutton

View from Bighton Lane to Northside Farm and Sutton Wood:Bighton Lane

Geese and cows at Cliveden Farm, Gundleton:Geese at Cliveden, Gundleton

Cliveden. And I thought all of this part of Hampshire was super-expensive:Cliveden, Gundleton

Feeding the horses near Gundleton. They were very hungry. C fetched them fresh grass and I pushed the fallen hay to their side of the fence: Feeding the horses

Into an autumnal Sutton Wood:

Sutton Beech Wood, Gundleton

Out of the wood, looking west. The familiar landmark of Great Clump, Cheesfoot Head in the distance:Northside Farm, Gundleton

Looking south from Northside Lane to Park Dale and the woods of Bramdean Common:

Towards Park Dale and Bramdean Common

Back under the Watercress Line (ex Mid Hants Railway). Railway Bridge, Bishops Sutton, Watercress Line

The bridge arch. Always interesting patterns of decay on these bridges. This bridge would have been made around 1865. Just visible top right is one of two small trees we saw somehow growing from between the bricks:Railway Bridge, Bishops Sutton, Watercress Line

The site of the source of the short River Alre, which springs from east of Bishops Sutton and flows a few miles before joining the Itchen near Alresford. Source of the River Alre

Lots of crows! They were all on the field before we came.A Murder, Horde, Parcel, or Storytelling of Crows

Not quite *the* Alresford but a another Alres-ford (dry) at Water Lane, Bishops Sutton:Ford near Bishops Sutton

Milestone at Bishops Sutton. Apparently Winton is an abbreviation of Wintoniensis, the meaning of Winchester. Tasker is a 19th Century ironworks company.Milestone Bishops Sutton Winton 8

A typical row of Hampshire flint cottages, at Bishops Sutton.Flint cottages, Bishops Sutton

And the rather more fancy Sutton ManorSutton Manor

A glimpse of Bishops Sutton Church, with its high weathervane:Bishops Sutton Church

And right at the end of the walk we saw a bird of prey swoop across the road into the hedge. We stood and watched for a while before it went deeper in to eat its prey. Later we identified it as a kestrel:Kestrel with rat

Six years ago, I took a similar walk. Here is the video.

Weekend Walk No. 65 – Camden to Little Venice – Regent’s Canal

From Camden in London, west along Regent’s Canal path to Little Venice at Maida Vale. The path soon leads to Regent’s Park, where the canal cuts trough the zoo, and the back gardens of some stately homes side by side along its banks. Then there’s a tunnel, so one has to re enter London streets a while, before the busy but tranquil Lisson Grove moorings and Little Venice itself. After an unusual request, I walked a little way along the Grand Union Canal, to Paddington Station.