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Solstice

December 21st, 2014

It’s the shortest day today. As a sort of celebration I went for a wander in Maidenhead Thicket this afternoon. The trees looked so bare and the overcast clouds were very gloomy. Never mind: summer soon! Also only four days until Christmas.

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Trucktraintor

December 21st, 2014

Is it a truck?! Perhaps a TRAIN or some kind of tractor?! I rather like it, whatever it is.

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Beeches Way

December 21st, 2014

In what’s become something of a winter tradition I walked along the Beeches Way last Saturday. It’s roughly 18 miles long which is a good distance for the available daylight in December. Although you do need to get up early.

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It started off in this eerie fog on Cookham Moor but that soon disappeared and the rest of the day was chilly and incredibly clear. The first half or so is mostly woodland like this leafy path near Hedsor:

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The second half goes through two parks: Black Park and Langley and then over the M25 into the outskirts of London. Unfortunately the bridge over the Grand Union Canal that I found demolished last year still hasn’t been rebuilt, hence the odd loop near Iver on the map below.

London Bridges

December 14th, 2014

I was in London last weekend and took some photos along the Thames near Chelsea. This one is the Albert Bridge.

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And this one I think the Chelsea Bridge.

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And a really pretty sunset later on.

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Pie Rating

December 7th, 2014

We’ve been hard at work in our office rating the 2014 mince pie selection. The Fortnum & Mason “traditional” pie is the current front runner. Although the M&S regular pie is a good choice on a more modest budget.

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Telegraph Pole

December 7th, 2014

Really pretty sunset near my house this evening.

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Fellow admirers of the humble telegraph pole may appreciate this website.

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Burial Chamber

November 30th, 2014

Yesterday I was out exploring near Marlborough and stumbled across this ancient burial chamber just as it was getting dark. With the moon out already it was super creepy.

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Apparently this is the “Devil’s Den” and if I had been foolish enough to pour water into the hollows in the capstone and demon would have appeared and drunk it! :-o

I’ve been experimenting with OSM Tracker to make maps for me. The results are quite good! It wakes up every 30s and stashes your GPS coordinates, which you can then export as a GPX file. I normally have my phone in flight mode while adventuring to save battery but running this in the background didn’t seem to drain it too badly. Not that I’d use it for navigation of course: OS Explorer 1:25000 FTW.

Some more photos below. Horny sheep was friendly!

Precarious Squirrel

November 15th, 2014

Everyone knows squirrels are stupid but this one seems extra doof: he has climbed up to the top of this tree (I’m on the third floor) and is swaying around in the wind!

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Chasing Rainbows

November 15th, 2014

Last weekend I was having a rather uneventful day out exploring the western end of Berkshire when I was caught in a sudden and unexpected downpour. Afterwards there was this totally awesome rainbow! It looked like the end was about 100m away in neighbouring field. Unfortunately as I chased after it it retreated further away so no gold for me. :-(

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There must be some special technique for photographing rainbows as all the photos turned out mediocre while the real thing looked amazing.

Here’s where I went: in a sort of fish shape from Cholsey back to the train at Goring.

Xcowsay 1.3 finally in Debian

November 4th, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised today when I did a dist-upgrade on Debian Jessie today and it upgraded xcowsay to version 1.3 which was released a mere four years ago.

Alarmingly, there appear to be bug reports! :-o Methinks I should be working on a 1.4 release…