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Ominous Clouds

Awesome sunset tonight in Hastings near my parents house. This is the local reservoir. I followed Blodgett’s previous advice of using the spot metering mode and I also used the exposure compensation to make it a bit brighter. I’ve put loads more here but they’re mostly duplicates.

Winter Trees

A forest missing its leaves somewhere near Marlow last week: One advantage to having the trees in this state is that it’s much easier to see where you’re going when adventuring out in the wilderness…


Today I walked from Farnham Common north of Slough on a meandering route into Yiewsley, West London. On the way I passed through Stoke Common which is a lovely bit of heathland that’s very rare here down south. I’ve actually been through here on a previous adventure last year. Also good are Langley Park and […]

Sunny day

Nice sunny day today unlike the past week which has been cloudy and miserable. Here’s a pleasant field near Marlow, Bucks. This footpath was apparently opened by no less than the Right Honourable Theresa May MP. I feel privileged to walk on it. Here’s a picture of a seed pod thing. Maybe teasel. Experimenting with […]

Dangerous Mushroom

Here’s a weird looking mushroom I saw in Winchester yesterday: Danger! Do not sample! Sample may cause DEATH.

Around Pangbourne

Blodgett was querying whether November was a bit cold and dreary to go walking. Most assuredly not! This time of year is wonderful for walking. And not too cold as long as you go fast enough. Although you have to be careful not to get caught out in the dark. Today I went for a […]

Writing a VHDL compiler

I haven’t posted much about any of my projects for a some time. This is because I’ve spent the past few months squirrelling away on something new: a while ago I decided a good way to learn more about VHDL would be to write a parser/checker for it. I had a vague plan of using […]


I spent last week in the US on a business trip. We were staying in the Westborough area which is really isn’t a very exciting place to be, especially if you don’t have a car. However I stayed in Boston on Friday night and spent Saturday doing some fast-paced sightseeing. The results of which you […]


Cows. On their own they’re placid enough but it’s a bit unnerving to encounter an autonomous column of them marching down a narrow lane. Where are they going? And why? Bringing up the rear was a man who might have been a farmer but who was controlling who? I reckon the cows might have been […]

Now it is Autumn

It doesn’t seem very long since this blog declared that it was officially Spring. Now the weather has sorted itself out it is very much Autumn. I went out for a walk in the hills today, roughly here: Here are some suspiciously friendly horses near the start: The weather was a bit grey but I […]