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Touring Britain bit by bit with a pair of boots, a few bicycles, a lot of trains and a bag of lenses. I take pictures and then I write about them.

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Sun, 6 Jan 2013

Edge of the Vale


[Tag] Tags: blackmore vale, dorset, downland, rural, somerset, uk, westcountry

Sat, 17 Dec 2011

Winter fogs past

Heron Tower

I love those freezing winter nights, when everything condenses into one big fog.

Brixton Westminster Bridge

And the light blurs...

Cumberland Basin Stalbridge Church

And the shapes merge...

London Eye
Sign Swirling fog

[Tag] Tags: bristol, brixton, dorset, floating harbour, fog, london, night, uk, urban, weather, westcountry, winter

Wed, 16 Feb 2011

White Christmas

Stalbridge Park

At Christmas it snowed in Dorset. It doesn't often snow in Dorset. When it does, everyone gets out to use it while it lasts.


Goes sledging in the steep sheep fields.

Stile trees

Flattening the snow on the paths through the woods.

tracks tracks

Leaving icy tracks on every slope.

photo photo

Taking photos of the familiar landscape in a new outfit.

Wood Lane Farm Wood Lane

Before their feet trample it all down.

Park sunset Icy tree Wood Lane Farm Barrow Hill Farm Houses
Park Lane Barrow Hill Stalbridge Park Blackmore Vale tree
Barn Church Yard
Blackmore Vale

[Tag] Tags: blackmore vale, dorset, rural, snow, stalbridge, uk, westcountry, winter

Tue, 12 Oct 2010

The Cheese Festival

Ice Cream

I love the Durham Township photoblog -- all the fabulous atmospheric shallow-focus photos of rural Pensylvania. Especially the ones of the traditional county fairs and farm shows. The kids with candyfloss, prize livestock on display, and old fashioned family entertainment.

Cheese Festival!

We have those in England, too: things like the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, a celebration of cheese and cider, annual except if it rains so hard that the river floods the car park field. A place to show off local artisan foods, crafts, and livestock.


Where you can test your strength, guess the number of sweets in the jar, watch a classic Punch and Judy show, or learn how to milk a lifesize plastic animatronic cow that's branded with the name of the local independent supermarket.

Punch & Judy!

Or just enjoy the late summer of the English Westcountry.

Cheese Festival!

[Tag] Tags: blackmore vale, british culture, dorset, events, festivals, fetes, photo essays, photography, rural, sturminster newton, traditions, uk, westcountry

Mon, 5 Apr 2010

From here to a promontory

The rocks that rebuilt London


were pulled from a distant limestone island

Pulpit Rock

where the wastes from once great quarries

Pulpit Rock

now give way to stormy seas


where the racing tides of the Shambles bank are kept safe and shipwreck free

Portland Bill

by Portland Bill.

A True Story.

More pictures in the Portland gallery...

[Tag] Tags: coastal, dorset, history, industry, jurassic coast, lighthouses, portland, rural, south coast, uk, westcountry

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My other blog is a...
  • Science blog! A blog about cancer cell and molecular biology, coming soon...
  • Skepticism blog! I contribute to the group blog Lay Science on the nature of science, skepticism, and bad arguments.
  • Science publishing blog! It's called Journalology and it's a group blog about publishers, journals, papers and data.
  • Fiction blog! Where I make stuff up, coming soon...
  • Cycling and transport policy blog! I run the group blog At War With The Motorist, where we look at evidence-based urban planning and transport policy, and ride bikes.

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