Friday, October 30, 2009

pestle and mortar

This exceptional October, the fallen leaves have not been swept by gales nor water-sodden. Instead they are slowly pulverized by tyres or the steady tramp of shoes.


(manna ash)


(common lime)


(London plane, under streetlights)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

blog without integrity

Silence from Järvenpää, I know. I've been in Spain for a while, and now I'm in the thick of job applications. [While I was away our town (pop. 30,000) gained its first F1 world champion. It must be admitted Jenson doesn't really ever come to Frome. But still...]

Funny how books I read early and didn't especially value have had sometimes a big influence, too big to shake off critically. E.g. in this case, some biography of Sibelius from way back - I've never forgotten that chapter-title, and I was surprised to look it up and find I actually remembered the name "Järvenpää" right after all these years. I've always seen Sibelian silence as a possibility, an oddly attractive possibility - and since readers are helpless and misguided victims of their betters, I've absorbed this as if I want to get straight on to the silence without going to the trouble of actually making any significant noise first.

Yesterday I was reading Simon Seagrave's http://www.techhead.co.uk/ about installing a home VMware ESX server on an ML110 and realized I'll just never be a real tecchie. I got there from Chad Sakac's http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/, which is also a great resource. But I don't feel their bliss about the thought of tinkering with hardware. And I can't remember tech stuff for more than the few days it takes to prepare for an exam. My head's too full of words from the past that are inherently non-productive.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Prunus cerasifera fruit







Seen today in Upper Langford, on a path leading up to the north-facing gloom of Dolebury woods - still in perfect condition and a fine pot of jam waiting if someone wishes to make it. The one I ate was quite sharp. That last shot is meant to suggest tonight's moon.

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