2020 Week 6 – Meeting Old Chums

The Fin Fest took place in the Knights Templar pub in London on Friday 7 February. It was a chance to meet friends, colleagues, from a long time ago, but I missed it. Because I was having a leisurely lunch with some of those friends and it took rather longer than we anticipated. One of our number is losing his hearing, so he didn’t want to go into the very noisy pub where he would not be able to understand a word said to him. I wasn’t that keen to go to the pub because it is owned by arch-Brexiter Mr Martin; and anyway it was very pleasant eating and drinking in the Natural Kitchen restaurant, although the bill turned out to be a bit of a stinger . . .

After lunch, some wine left on the table.
After a lunch, with wine remaining.
Looking up at the skyline on a street in London
Building Angles on New Fetter Lane
Angular buildings on New Fetter Lane in London
New Fetter Lane in London looking towards the Maugham Library
Glass building in London with sun reflecting star shape
Lego building
Musical director pointing at singers arranged on risers.
Shannon Express singers
A yellow sports car on a road into a rural village with church tower visible
Lotus Elise drives into Hatley St George
A church viewed from above
Hatley St George church
Church viewed from the end of the roof ridge
Hatley St George Church
BMW car bonnet with soap suds
BMW car bonnet with soap suds

2020 Week 5 – National Self-Harm

Two drone shots (using a Mavic Air), one of Gamlingay’s new churchyard and one of trees in Southill. Both views are a refreshing change from being on the ground.

And a “bug hotel” near the Gamlingay churchyard, followed by a bus shelter in St Neots. The latter has “Lest We Forget” on the perspex, along with poppies, but their existence the whole year round probably means that we have forgotten already . . .

And the UK-EU flag is an example of how we might well have forgotten: the combatants of the Second World War would have been proud to be part of a union of European nations, not desperate to leave as we did (nominally, at least) on 31 January 2020. An act of self-harm.

Close-up detail of Union Flag and EU flag against each other
End of membership
God's eye view of a new green graveyard on the edge of a village, some houses visible, the old Anglican church in the top left corner
New Graveyard
Trees viewed from above by drone
Southill Trees
A wooden structure containing tubes and reeds for insects to use as nests.
Architectural Bug Hotel
Silhouettes of people in a perspex bus shelter with red poppy designs on the perspex and Lest We Forget between
St Neots bus shelter in silhouette
Two valuable watches close-up in a leather pouch.
Omega and Rolex
Pebbles on a tile
Pattern of Pebbles

2020 Week 4 – Turbine to Bread

Turbine Tour: a school group wanted to see our wind turbine, the Gamlingay Community Turbine. The students were carrying out a project designing a turbine generator and I was able to provide them with the background to our turbine, for which I was the aviation adviser while the installation was planned.

It was also time for marmalade; this can be made only with Seville oranges, my expert tells me, so we have to take advantage of the supply from Spain at this time of the year. And sourdough bread . . . my expert is good at this as well.

Group of students below wind turbine.
Gamlingay Community Turbine
Marmalade in a pot with thermometer
Marmalade making
Loaves of break
Sourdough bread loaves

2020 Week 2 – Night and Turbine

The night shot is of the pub next to the church in our village. It is often the case, it seems, that the churchgoer can visit the pub after church; on the other hand there used to be a rule in devout communities that you couldn’t visit a pub unless you were a traveller, and a traveller was someone who had travelled at least three miles. So if a pub was at least three miles from any other habitation, every visitor was a “bona fide traveller” (see Playboy of the Western World by Synge).

Pub and church at night
Night pub with lights and church
wind turbine against sky
Turbine blurred