Here are this year's offerings!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
It's definitely cooled down a bit since last week, the vineyard people were harvesting all the grapes on Wednesday, and I was back in my snow coat today! Here's a photo from my lunchtime walk up towards Ranmore Common, overlooking Box Hill and Denbies.. it's a great view up there!
For more skies from around the world, check out http://skyley.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Anyway, here are some photos of their first proper kitten adventure..
In the absence of a photo (maybe I'll take one when it gets dark..), take a look at the Best Astronomy Photos of 2011 from National Geographic! There are some lovely ones. It makes me want to get a nice telescope! Or maybe I need an observatory..
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
On the Dave Gorman podcast I subscribe to, every week listeners send in the names of any pun-based shop names they've seen, to be considered for submission to Pun Street - a fictional street, with one of every type of shop. Only the best puns get on the street, as they have to both win over the Pun Street Planning Committee, and then they have to remain usurped by better puns!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I love all the flowers and flags the royals have wheeled out for the wedding next week - this is what the pavement in front of Buckingham Palace looks like at the moment.. hmm.. I wonder what their colour scheme is going to be..
They've also built some temporary studios outside the palace for all the international press to use:
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
It's time to try again with the pumpkin plants! Hopefully they'll actually do something this year before being eaten by slugs. I have actually managed to plant them in April rather than September this time, so there is at least a glimmer of hope we will have a pumpkin in time for halloween!
Friday, April 01, 2011
Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast:
I made a slight detour to take a look at one of my most favourite buildings ever, the inside out building, Lloyds of London (by Richard Rogers of Pompidou Centre fame):
and The Gherkin:
The Heron Tower is nearly finished now. Last time I saw it, there were only foundations!
There was a great cut-through to get from Bishopsgate through to New Broad Street, by walking down by St Botolph. In the churchyard there is, what looks like, the tiniest restaurant in the world. Apparently it started its life as a Victorian Turkish Bathhouse, modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Reading up about it, it turns out the building you can see is just the entrance, with the main area spreading out under the ground:
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
“Present something that has a high immaterial value for you. (Something that you valuate more than it really cost) and explain why. Then link to the lottery-post and forward the challenge to two blogs. Earlier posts can also be used. Remember to forward your challenge to two new blogs”.
I must admit, this is not much of a challenge, I am a total hoarder! The real difficulty here was to choose just one thing..
Here is my choice - my Polish dagger! I don't think this thing was very expensive at all.. I bought it on my first visit to Poland when I was around 10 years old, at a time when the value of the Polish zloty was extremly low, it was around a million zloty to the pound! It was very confusing with so many zeros - the country was full of poor millionaires! This dagger reminds me of the beautiful town of Zakopane in the Tatra mountains, the farmers with their pitchforks in the fields, the amazing markets selling amber, wooden carvings and painted eggs, Russian boxes, nesting dolls, and army gear, the little old ladies selling sheep cheese in the shape of animals, everyone mistaking me for Polish - and my Dad as German, mashed potato with dill, wild bears and wolves in the woods, rationed toilet paper, stern police with guns, and rafting through the mountains! It was very different to any country I had ever been to before. It felt very adventurous, eastern Europe was not a place that many English people visited, so we were very rare in those days (not the case any more I imagine)! This was my first road trip across Europe, and it was probably partially responsible for my incurable love of road trips today. It is definitely the best way to see the world, seeing the gradual transitions between countries and cultures that you just miss when you take the plane!
Anyway, I love my dagger, I always wanted some kind of sword, and this thing is beautiful! I also felt very clever not getting it confiscated going through any of the border controls on the way home, despite many people's bags being emptied out and checked at each border!
As an aside, I also just remembered one guy asking the coach to stop by a gnome stall right by the Polish border, and then proceded to buy the biggest garden gnome I have ever seen, and then he had to travel all the way back to England with it sitting on his lap!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sunday, January 09, 2011
mOON, STARS AND JUPITER OPEN EVENING
Dates: 15 January, 6:30pm-11:00pm
Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN
Looking at the Moon, Jupiter and deep sky objects through 3 large historic telescopes & through smaller modern telescopes as well as helping people to recognise constellations. No pre-booking required. Suitable for all ages. While the Centre is accessible to wheelchairs the historic telescopes are only accessed via narrow steep stairs. Special offer price of £4 per person.
Contact: 01323 832731| firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: The Observatory Science Centre