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Poached Crayfish

Further up our little valley, hidden in some overgrown woodland is the remains of a Medieval fish pond still sporting two good sized bodies of water. There are a couple of dry hollows further down the valley (we have one), … Continue reading

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Drive my car.

  Some years ago, a dear friend who had just lost her husband asked us to go with her to a live gig at ‘The Globe Inn’ in Lostwithiel. As she only lives a five minute walk away from the … Continue reading

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“Confident Conversation” Dr Lillian Glass (Psychology)

Although first published in 1991, this is still a useful primer or refresher to public speaking, whether at a business meeting or a cocktail party. Written primarily for an American audience, the cultural similarities allow a transfer of techniques to … Continue reading

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Things that sting (getting started in bee keeping Ukranian style)

My ‘Ukranian’ bee-keeping finally worked. Put an empty hive with some honeycomb above a queen excluder and full framed brood box in open space in woods at start of summer. Now have active healthy colony.   At the end of … Continue reading

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Summer Pruning: Keeping the wildwood at bay.

Folk normally think of woodland work as being the preserve of winter or maybe early spring. Usually that is the case, be it felling, coppicing, pollarding or pruning. However the wildwood, whilst not as quick off the mark as the … Continue reading

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The case for working with your hands NYT

Check out this Country Living Link Reminds me of the (rather woolly) 70’s philosophical mainstay – “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance” and not just because that is the authors thing. It seemsĀ  what is really under discussion is … Continue reading

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Men of Honour, “Trafalgar and the Making of the English Hero” Adam Nicolson (History)

Impeccably researched, sets Trafalgar within the wider context of social and economic change at the end of the 18c. Dispels a few myths along the way. Amazing, the Royal Navy blasts hell out of the enemy till they surrender or … Continue reading

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“Century Rain” Alastair Reynilds (SF)

Great space opera. Raymond Chandler meets matrix with a dose of Schrodinger’s cats for good measure. Bit too much reliance on Deux ex machina to shft story along.

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“Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew”Bernard Hare (Sociology/Anthropology)

An essential read for the bigoted ‘Daily Mail’ readers who write vitriolic comments decrying degenerate youth culture. These kids are a very small minority and many of them are one person crime waves that would be ‘sorted’ with more ‘Chop’ … Continue reading

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“Sunlight On The Lawn” Beverley Nichols (Garden)

I loved the whit and understated sarcasm of ” Down the garden path”, “A thatched roof” and “A village in a valley”. This book was pence at a car boot, and it was wasted pennies, the narrative was tired, the … Continue reading

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