Thursday, December 29, 2022
st beornwald's day concert, juxtaposed stonework, herring-bone, slug-scalloped beetroots, trad soup, drinks!
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Frosty days! Hopefully, coming to an end now.
Mixed feelings about them - such beauty but they're so time-consuming (having to judge every tread - well, almost) and exhausting. Though the last of these is my own fault a lot of the time because I want to be outside as much as I can!
This picture was taken on a late lunchbreak walk mid-week. Reminds me a bit of the original cover for The Lock (Smaller Sky edition) and the stretch of the canal shown is just down from where the barge in the book was moored.
Last week before Christmas coming up. I think everyone is ready for holidays!
Log delivery earlier - festive cheer!
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Had a day off on Monday and we went for a walk from Radcot Bridge, shown above, to Grafton Lock.
Lock keeper's cottage once again the home of - a lock keeper. It appears there are some things automated systems can't do as well as a person. Perhaps that will change but nicely reassuring that this remains so now.
Not sure this photo does full justice to the elegance of Radcot Bridge on a December afternoon, as what light there is, is starting to fade and its reflection on the Thames is all of a sudden vibrant.
Enjoyed a pint of Otter at the Swan at Radcot after the walk - one of the few pubs nearby that opens on a Monday.
I realise that all this talk of lock keepers' cottages, the limits of automation, pubs not open and warm beer makes me sound a bit 'John Major' but on a dullish, short December day, that did seem to be where my mind was taking me!
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Heading down Broad Street after work meeting at Weston Library a couple of weeks ago. A striking scene but I still wonder about the latest layout: stroke of urban-planning genius; bit of a mess; something in-between?
Certainly looks chilly - which it wasn't. Not like this evening, at home, as I type - freezing, even beside the log fire!...