August 2006

good, but no trophy

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well, this year i didn’t win the trophy for the best photo in show, but i did get a few first, two seconds, a third and two ‘highly commendeds’, with only my portraits failing to get anything. still, after 3 years it’s good someone else wins isn’t it 😉

guess the vegetable

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we spotted this strange vegetable (and its friend) at a National Trust place on holiday. Any idea what it is ?

answer here (though i was none the wiser): View image

cats and dogs

here’s a new photo category – charity collection vessels. some of these are classics (and very old).
this is a starter – it’s a dog and two cats, all looking very sad. the dog is grey and there’s one white can and one black cat which is interesting. perhaps he’s their dad ?
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thames path – part 7 kelmscott to tadpole bridge

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yesterday we had a very successful walk along the Thames Path from kelmscott to tadpole bridge. it was probable around 7 or 8 miles i think and kezia managed to walk nearly all of it (and esther did it all). progress indeed.
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Parts of the Radcot Bridge date back to the 12th century bridge making it the oldest bridge on the thames
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Rushey Weir is a ‘rare example of an old Thames paddle-and-rymer weir
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basically you ram these paddles down in to the weir to stop the water (and vice-versa)
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tadpole bridge
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our destination for the walk was an idilic looking pub at tadpole bridge, but it was shut when we got there. which left a bad taste in our mouths. or at least a dry taste.
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locks and bollards

instructions for a lock
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did you spot the bit about being aware of bollards ?
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strange plane

this is a weird plane we saw flying over our heads by the thames path. any idea what it is ?
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update: thanks to phil, it turns out this was a U2 spy plane ! i love you guys. whether it’s insects or military aircraft you sort me out each time !

bethnal green

the first time i went to bethnal green was 8th june 2005. here’s a photo of the tube station

canal

i often forget london has a really nice canal running through it. occasionally i stumble upon it when out on manoeuvres, such as this occasion when i’d just been to an art gallery preview

silly festival haircut

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we’ve been on holiday for a fortnight so we’re back to manual updates now (rather than the random selection you’ve been having for the last ages). i’ve got tons of holiday photos, but for now, here are some from yesterday when jane and i went to Reading festival for the day.
by the end of our holiday i had quite bushy sideburns and hair, so jane cut me a comedy old person’s festival haircut involving a long strip of hair down the centre of my head and my sideburns.