Leave the Leaves

Leaves seldom gather in our lawn-free and west-facing front garden, which is swept by prevailing winds from the north-west. To help retain the leaves that fall, I don't cut back the perennials until after frost, and when I cut them back, I leave 12" stems standing. This helps trap some leaves and holds them fast... Continue Reading →

Sunday Morning

Rain's coming. I'm back from a morning cycle trip, taken before the forecast rain began. I've just been pondering the difference cycling has made in my life. At 58 years old, I can honestly say that I have probably never been fitter in the last 30 years.  I have just cycled 32 km in one... Continue Reading →

The Night Watch — a closer look.

Gunners of District II under Captain Frans Banninck Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch, 'The Night Watch' (Schutters van Wijk II onder kapitein Frans Banninck Cocq en luitenant Willem van Ruytenburch, 'De Nachtwacht' ) Amsterdam Museum The Rijksmuseum's most famous work (on loan from the Amsterdam Museum), Rembrandt's Night Watch, has been photographed in ultra-high... Continue Reading →

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