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Docwra’s Manor

This seat by the Main Lawn at Docwra’s Manor has been given an aged weather beaten textures and is slowly being taken over by nature.  Unusable now, it looks never to have been very comfortable.  The uprights of the back … Continue reading

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Things Past

I’ve been writing a very rough biographical memoir to leave to my children and grandchildren.  The narrative reflects the changing world since my earliest memories from the 1950s. Sometimes the passage of time is crystallised in the realisation that there … Continue reading

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The Nature of Photography

Two observations on the nature of photography. ‘Studying Arbus’s pictures, Leider [Philip Leider, founding editor of Artform] concluded “that Diane’s work accomplished for photography what we demanded be accomplished, under the needs of modernism, for all arts: it owed nothing … Continue reading

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The Japanese House

‘The Japanese House is the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of World War II to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential examples of modern and contemporary … Continue reading

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The Manor, Houghton

Recent walks have taken me through Hemingford Abbots and Houghton.  Both have a fascinating mix of houses, one on the most intriguing being the rather forbidding Manor at Houghton.  The Listing (grade II) text describes it as: ‘Dated 1905 on … Continue reading

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Instagram

In his column, ‘A Fortnight at f8’ in Black+White Photography, June 2017, Tim Clinch despairs of the fact that he finds many photographers in the upper age bracket are ignorant of the wonders of Instagram.  It is, he argues, ‘where … Continue reading

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Paul at St Pauls

I had my best ever pain au raisin at the café/patisserie Paul last Thursday, moist and rich under a dark sticky glaze.  Only it wasn’t a pain au raisin, it was and ‘Escargot Raisin’ and that Gallic touch made it … Continue reading

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Dyke’s End, Reach

U3A walk at Reach today with lunch at the Dyke’s End. In 1997 the then owner of the pub applied for permission to change use to residential.  The community prepared a viable case for keeping pub open and ECDC refused … Continue reading

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Photography & Painting

On the 11th May I went to London to see two Exhibitions: The Radical Eye – Modernist Photography from the Sir John Elton Collection, at Tate Modern; and America after the Fall – Painting in the 1930s, at the Royal … Continue reading

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Waresley Old Church

Waresley has had three church buildings. The original church, which stood in the east of the village, was destroyed by a storm in 1724. In 1728, it was rebuilt “in humble imitation of the chapel at Pembroke College” (Waresley was … Continue reading

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Spring

Yesterday, a sunny early morning walk between banks of frothy cow parsley along the River Cam at Bottisham Lock.  Cow parsley Anrhriscus sylvestris: umbrels announcing spring today and summer tomorrow; the scent of flowers and crushed stalks redolent of secret … Continue reading

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Fenscape 29 – Landscape Memory

Landscape is built up through geology, biology and human land use.  It has an objective history, but as we view it we see only what remains, what it wishes to reveal, like the physical presence of a subjective memory.  Three … Continue reading

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Swavesey

Before Wednesday’s walk at Swavesey I visited my chiropractor, Peter Milbank.  He set me the challenge of coming back with photos of a water bird and a curious man made object.  Picture below take in Swavesey Market Street gives two … Continue reading

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Fenscape 28

Walking with the U3A group yesterday starting at the White Horse, Swavesey. The route took us along part of the Pathfinders Way, devised to perpetuate the name of the Royal Air Force Pathfinder Force (Group 8), the 43 mile route … Continue reading

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Pinhole Poppy

I decided to really put technical perfection to one side and use my pinhole camera on the Beechwoods project.  I haven’t used it for nearly a year and was a bit taken aback to find there was still a film … Continue reading

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