Doors…an odd obsession!

I had thought I was a little strange being so interested in doors. I often take pictures of them when I am visiting a new town. They are largely neglected in the modern era, I think. Historically doors have been a building's bling and quite right too. I am apparently not alone in this nuttiness… Continue reading Doors…an odd obsession!

Small Pleasures… Part 2

There are so many simple things in life that cost nothing but give me pleasure that I need to focus on and be mindful of... Sitting in a sunny window on a cold day, feeling the warmth of the sun and watching passing people all wrapped up in the cold. An open fire, sitting around… Continue reading Small Pleasures… Part 2

Small Pleasures… Part 1

There are so many simple things in life that cost nothing but give me pleasure that I need to focus on and be mindful of... Sitting under my fishing umberella, or in a tent, on a warm still summmer day when it is raining hard but there is no wind so I am cosy and… Continue reading Small Pleasures… Part 1

Winding Down

Funny how an evening can go. Some social events everyone stays to the end and everyone draws breath together. Others peter out, the die-hards partying or drinking or dancing to the end, oblivious of the less hardy types getting tired or bored and slinking off. What is the dynamic that makes an event go one… Continue reading Winding Down

Requiem In Pace…

Passing the cathedral on the last warm evening of autumn I heard the choir practicing. The building towered away into a bright starry sky and the sound of the organ drifted on the breeze, an echo of the ages. A cathedral has stood here in one form or another since the time of Alfred The… Continue reading Requiem In Pace…

Fortification – A Brief History… Part 1

Given my previous post about war and questioning the representation of it maybe it is a little perverse to set down to write a brief canter through the history of fortifications. However, defensive structures can, and have, prevented conflict for millennia. They have also be the focus of conflict, resistance, survival and defeat. Many castles… Continue reading Fortification – A Brief History… Part 1

More Dance…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmuTksCQP5w Just a quick one, I had to share these guys - love it.

War – Where is the glory?

First World War memorial Winchester UK

Throughout recorded history people have glorified war. War is practically universal in human culture and equally common around the world is the celebration of it. Celebration as opposed to commemoration, though that boundary may be harder to draw than might be imagined. The headline image for this post shows a war memorial; commemoration of the… Continue reading War – Where is the glory?