All entries for October 2006

October 23, 2006

Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

J. Keats

Ode to Autumn

SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease;
For Summer has o’erbrimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,
While barrèd clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river-sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


Pointy hills and wholemeal scones

Writing about web page http://www.webspace.myzen.co.uk/maps/The_Strettons.jpg

The Outdoor Group undertook a pleasant little bimble yesterday up and down the Strettons. Despite dire weather forecasts most of the walk was dry- although the slippery slopes meant we got closer to the wildlife than intended! It was too wet for proper scuffing of leaves, but the autumn colours were simply stunning- lots of crimson berries and burnished gold beech leaves… and to finish the walk in the wholefood cafe the Acorns with a massive wholemeal scone smothered in jam and clotted cream was a most satisfying end.
view from the top of Ragleth Hill

GPS should make navigating easier...

at the top

blue rinse sheep

sheep with blue rinses

woolly fence

meeting the locals

autumn colours

smile!


October 17, 2006

Gorge scrambling in the snow?

Apart from the photos of lunch, the picture quality from the waterproof camera is awful. There simply wasn’t enough light. So anyone in the group’s fears about cringe-worthy photos are very much unfounded… you can hardly see more than a helmet, never mind recognise who it is :-(

lunchtime
lunchtime

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October 11, 2006

living with a wetsuit

No doubt this will bring groans of recognition from others… isn’t it a bloomin’ pain having a wetsuit+gloves+boots all hanging round the bathroom? Not to mention the shock factor when you wander in half asleep at night and there’s a figure lurking in the shower…!!
who
then there’s all the camping gear I’m tripping over (until I get a chance to clean it and stow it away)...
camping clutter
camping clutter


October 10, 2006

What a weekend!

The Outdoor Group reigns supreme! Saturday gorgewalking (photos and a proper blog entry to follow), then Sunday and Monday on the Pembroke coast- with a great walk along the coastal path on Sunday and body boarding (first time!) on Monday… unfortunately no time to write much about it now… but all that really needs to be said was that it was fantastic!
ready to go!
Pembrokeshire coast
Freshwater BeachFreshwater Beach - Pembroke
Freshwater Beach
shame people can
Freshwater beach on Sunday
Pembrokeshire coast
bit windy!


October 06, 2006

what a lovely floor!

Have you seen the Keeping Up Appearances episode where Hyacinth insists on lavish praise and theatrical adoration of the table she’s laid (including a little stagger)? Well, I now expect all visitors to gasp and stagger at my lovely new kitchen floor…

BEFORE
before

AND AFTER
AFTER
CLOSE UP!


October 05, 2006

mushroom growing workshop

In June, staff and students from the University took part in a ‘Health Action Day’ at Limbrick Wood Primary School in Tile Hill, running a mushroom growing workshop with kits provided by Warwick HRI. Every child at the school got a mushroom pot to take home at the end of the day and watch grow!

At the cascade brief today, I was listing volunteering opportunities at Warwick and the above example (running a mushroom growing workshop with kits provided by Warwick HRI) caused much merriment… not sure they were thinking of the same kind of mushrooms ;-)


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