|Back to work...
||[Nov. 16th, 2010|05:13 pm]
|||||Wolfsheim - the sparrows & the nightingales||]|
The end of 4 weeks off and back on the train to work. Quite a few miles travelled:
Salisbury on the first weekend looking at meadow landscapes and sampling heritage apples at Stourhead.
Next, Whitby for the Goth Weekend (fine cakes at Becketts Cafe, 80s music at Laughtons on the Sunday, reasonable nights at the Spa Pavillion - although I felt the whole weekend has become a bit fragmented over all. Good to catch up with folk as it seems ages since I did...)
The third weekend was an early morning drive through mid-Wales to Camarthen and looking at woodland and then across the River Severn for a couple of days around Bristol. (Still haven't acquired any grey squirrel from Source Deli, but apparently they'll have some for Xmas).
Finally, last weekend was a bit open ended - no set agenda, but a pleasant Sunday drive into Oxfordshire. Bicester Outlet Village was a regret on a damp Sunday morning (heaving with shoppers, I got a new 'lumberjack' shirt though). Over the back roads to the cafe at Heyford Wharf and a fine full brunch, bypassing Rousham this time and into Oxford for an Xmas shopping attempt- retreated as darkness loomed via The Grand Cafe for an Elderflower presse and cakes and along Addisons Walk and around Christ Church Meadow for a further look at trees and landscapes now the leaves are almost off.
Back on the road westerly and to Uffington Hill with it's enigmatic White Horse on a cold starry night.
Looping down country lanes towards Marlborough for light refreshments before a late evening drive home with hardly any traffic about.
Monday started with tying up a few loose ends and then off towards Oswestry to check a woodland conservation plot and then over to Shrewsbury and a look at some small woodland areas planted in the last 10 to 15 years to make a few notes and comparisons before finalising my own planting scheme...
Normally I take a train at some point on my travels, but the above was leisurely in the Landrover for flexibility and timing (and picking up a few more trees).
Between the weekends, a reasonable bit of fencing and a new gateway down at the field - it's first winter river inundation, conveniently while I was off to Bristol and nothing serious. (judging by the existing trees and hedgerows I doubt it will be and the risk of seasonal winter floods was why the land was cheap).
At Crewe Station between trains and just learned of delays of up to 80 minutes due to overhead line problems between Oxenholme and Penrith.