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Ridgeway

August 31st, 2013

I went for an adventure this afternoon in the hitherto unexplored region north west of Reading. Started in the pleasant village of Streatley and headed in the general direction of Swindon along the “ridgeway” national trail. At first it was a little dull and plodding, the only interesting site being this memorial to a solider killed in a 1947 accident:

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Things improved somewhat after I crossed the A34. Still, it felt a unusually empty and desolate for southern England.

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A while later I realised I was in the middle of nowhere with no obvious route back to civilisation. So I made a rapid detour via this rather ominous looking facility that I later discovered was the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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Eventually, and with the help of a well timed bus, I made it to Didcot. Didcot is not Oxfordshire’s prettiest town by a long margin. But at least I saw a steam train while I was waiting for the train back home:

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August Bank Holiday

August 30th, 2013

Went for a really long walk last Monday where I discovered the previously discussed tank-tractor. On the way back to Henley there was a really awesome sunset and I managed to take some nice photos with the trees silhouetted against the dramatic clouds.

Tractorg

August 30th, 2013

The latest innovation in farming combines both tank and tractor technology to make this wonderful machine:

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The farmer is surrounded by more screens than your average software developer. Although after a while he had to stop and poke about with the trailer in a rather low tech way.

Portland

August 25th, 2013

Went down to Portland near Weymouth the weekend before last to go camping and climbing and generally be outdoors-y. Here, our encampment!

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Where we went climbing on Saturday:

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Nice sunset sky in the evening.

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Growing

July 28th, 2013

Where does wheat come from? Today doof.me.uk can exclusively reveal that it grows on plants!

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Wheats have ears – they’re listening to you!!

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This Way

July 28th, 2013

I really liked how this old gate looked when I was out walking this afternoon.

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Caterpillars

July 28th, 2013

Very very hungry caterpillars. Saw these ones having some sort of conference on a plant between Henley and Greys Court this afternoon. Also a bee, a fly, and an unidentified red insectoid.

Creatures

July 21st, 2013

Furry. Looks friendly. Alas couldn’t figure out how to zoom in my phone’s camera before it scampered.

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Not furry. Looks alien. Do NOT approach! Figured out how to make my phone zoom in for this one. Digital zoom is totally not worth the effort. Are Nokia really the only ones innovating in this space? Should just take my regular camera everywhere…

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Bargain

July 21st, 2013

Massive discounts at Argos!

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Mel Smith

July 21st, 2013

Was genuinely saddened to hear of Mel Smith’s recent death :(. So many memories of watching his shows as a child.