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Images from the land of the slightly upset oak tree

Avocado Challenge

Avocado stones

F, getting ready to challenge Toni to an Avocado growing competition. Results in 5 years.

Winter sun blues

The sun, trying

The sun was trying, but only succeeded in making the day feel like a Harry Potter scene. Or an album cover for something Sean would like us to listen to.

Winter Blues

It finally managed to drive the clouds away, for some afternoon Winter Blue.


My window notes

The window is the noteboard.

Thames Path Disappearing

Thames Path disappearing

Thames Path disappearing

Between Benson and Wallingford. You can see the old fence that used to be the field boundary almost in the river.

Yogi finds the wet mud

Finding the wettest muddy bits




For some reason, the bottle's don't last as long this way.


Canoe over the bridge?

My physically-distanced exercise today was collecting the canoe that Tony borrowed during the flood, and wheeling it along the river bank. I would rather have paddled it, and based on the number of people also walking along the path, the water option would probably have been safer.

Snow! 2021 style

Snow capped jumps

It snowed. Just a tiny bit. But it was snow. The last time we had decent snow here was December 2010.

Dogs on Seats

Ewok's Chair

Ewok's new favourite chair.

Sofa surfing

The perfect place to wait for everyone else to get home.

The Clumps in the Distance

The Clumps in the Distance

A glimpse of The Clumps from the bridleway in Dorchester. Taken on yesterday's ride just before I remembered the river was flooded.

Riding home from Oxford

Riding home from Oxford, cross country

Riding home from Oxford, cross country

Riding home from Oxford, cross country

Riding home from Oxford, cross country

Riding home from Oxford, cross country

Up early doors for an MRI with the lovely folks at the Nuffield and then a ride home, cross-country style. It would have been more cross-country, but I forgot that the river was flooded at Dorchester. F said that was no excuse and I should have made it into a triathlon. He's probably right.

It's been a while since I came this way and 9 months of repeating lock-downs and stay-at-home government messaging mean that my cycling legs and cross-country arms aren't what they were. Tired now.

new door new wall

Building doors

New year, new wall and a new door. Well, almost, still some bits to finish.

You might say this is part 3 in the shed project. Part one was the roof and part two (solar!) powered lighting and USB charging. Progress.

The first walk of 21

The dog walker

Starting as we mean to go on.

2020 Fades to Mist

Fading into the fog

Here's hoping 2021 is kinder than 2020.

Ice Tray

Through the ice

The ice tray

Big sky on the way home

Big sky walking home

Relecting Meadows

Thames Reflecting

Castle Meadows reflected in the flood waters.



What was Tony Lane is again damp this year.

Painting Cows

When it was dry the cows munched contentedly there. If you look closely you can see Fay sketching them whilst chatting to M-A the farmer.

Student Fridge

Student Fridge

A shelf for beer. A shelf for not-beer.




Not sure who the little elf-like character is.

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