Sunday, 24 June 2018

Scarborough...

Ended up on a grassy knoll yesterday evening, within the walls of Scarborough Castle, for the launch of a new book - The Dragon: Fear and Power - by my old friend Martin. He sold, and signed, the forty books he’d brought, and said, ruefully, that he could have sold another forty. A woman fire-eater performed, a Chinese dragon walked among the literati of Scarborough and a good time was had by all.

Licensing quite a few Lakeland pix this month, including this shot of Patterdale...


Friday, 22 June 2018

Frampton Marsh...

Had a few productive hours, photographing around Boston. I noticed a pair of peregrines flying around the tower of the Stump; inside there was a screen linked to a camera which offered visitors a good view of the nest. Then I called in at Frampton Marsh, an RSPB reserve, without expecting to see very much, so was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of spoonbills, and half a dozen ruff (with one coming out of its elaborate breeding plumage). Best of all was a pair of spotted redshanks: almost black in their summer plumage.

Spotted redshank (pic: Creative Commons)...


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Observation...

This extract, from Krishnamurti, arrived in my in-tray this morning...

"You know, to perceive something is an astonishing experience. I don’t know if you have ever really perceived anything; if you have ever perceived a flower or a face or the sky, or the sea. Of course, you see these things as you pass by in a bus or a car; but I wonder whether you have ever taken the trouble actually to look at a flower? And when you do look at a flower, what happens? You immediately name the flower, you are concerned with what species it belongs to, or you say, “What lovely colors it has. I would like to grow it in my garden; I would like to give it to my wife, or put it in my buttonhole,” and so on. In other words, the moment you look at a flower, your mind begins chattering about it; therefore you never perceive the flower. You perceive something only when your mind is silent, when there is no chattering of any kind. If you can look at the evening star over the sea without a movement of the mind, then you really perceive the extraordinary beauty of it; and when you perceive beauty, do you not also experience the state of love? Surely, beauty and love are the same. Without love there is no beauty, and without beauty there is no love. Beauty is in form, beauty is in speech, beauty is in conduct. If there is no love, conduct is empty; it is merely the product of society, of a particular culture, and what is produced is mechanical, lifeless. But when the mind perceives without the slightest flutter, then it is capable of looking into the total depth of itself; and such perception is really timeless. You don’t have to do something to bring it about; there is no discipline, no practice, no method by which you can learn to perceive".

Licensed today: where William Wordsworth was born, in Cockermouth...

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Boston...

Had a day in Boston. Took a few pix, did some writing and watched a bit of football. Licensed this pic today, of a bus labouring up Honister Pass in the Lake District...


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Bourne...

England v Tunisia turned out to be a decent game. The England players didn’t look, as they usually do in major tournaments, like rabbits caught in the headlights. They’d had quite a few chances, and spurned them all, before Harry Kane had a simple tap-in. Tunisia won a penalty, which seemed harsh, and the game looked to be heading for a draw until Kane, unmarked, diverted the ball into the net with a well-timed header in added time. Two scruffy goals mean that England have a very good chance of getting out of their group and into the knockout stages. A collection of England fans paraded through the streets of Bourne after the game, and a few drivers joined in, with blasts on their horns.

Just licensed this shot of Ambleside youth hostel (actually at Waterhead)...


Monday, 18 June 2018

Eng-er-land...

Back in Rutland, by chance, having breakfast in Oakham. After a day’s writing, I’ll find a congenial pub where I can watch England’s first game in the World Cup, against Tunisia. I hope we win, while acknowledging that we might not… so the best attitude to adopt, while watching, will be a zen-like calm…

Just licensed this shot of Preston's iconic bus station...


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Coventry...

An enjoyable couple of days with Chas in Coventry. Instead of a card for Father's Day, or Sunday lunch at a Harvester restaurant, he allowed me to mow his lawn.

Just licensed this shot of Kendal...