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Wednesday 24 April 2019
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Big Fat Books

I do love the writing of Neal Stephenson but it has to be admitted that, apart from reading, his works would also serve as makeshift training equipment for weight lifters! I struggled home from the library this afternoon with a copy of Seveneves (2015).

Fortunately, my experience of his previous works means that it wasn’t unpickupable. Indeed, I saw a physical copy of the previous Stephenson book I read (Reamde) which was about the same size – I read that one as an ebook. It might take a while but I think it is going to be enjoyable.

Tuesday 23 April 2019
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Looking Down on the Garden – April 2019

Looking Down on the Back Garden - April 2019
Back Garden – April 2019

Bare ground be gone! Compared to the photo from March, everything is now covered although the range of blossoms probably draws the eye more.

Also note the gap near the bottom right where Jane has done some significant pruning on the big rosemary bush. Will it come back? I’m not sure but it does mean we’ll use our other rosemary bushes a bit more in the coming months.

You can compare with older photos in the back garden album. See also the front garden and herb hexagon albums for changes in those areas.

Monday 22 April 2019
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More Precise Coffee

For all that I like to take a fairly scientific approach to food and drink, I have to admit that my coffee making is quite haphazard. I use some ground coffee…

This morning, I had the scales out for making bread so tried to be more precise. 15g of freshly ground coffee beans with 250g water at 90°C. There are still some unknowns (I don’t think my grinder is particularly precise, although I always keep it on the fairly fine ‘coarse’ setting) but it should make replication easier.

In this case, the result was stronger than I normally make – perhaps a bit too much so for my tastes. That makes the next choice how to adjust the flavour. I can’t add much more water while brewing (I’m using a drop-in, cup-sized filter) but I could either use less coffee or add a top-up of water at the end. More experimentation to come.

Saturday 20 April 2019
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Old Beech

On the Meet-up walk I went on a couple of weeks ago, I took my sketchbook. Of the four drawings I did, three were pretty scrappy but I was quite pleased with this one, of an old beech tree:

Old Beech
Old Beech

It is done with the same black pen that I have been using for other sketches but the ink runs to a bluer tone on the paper in this sketchbook which works rather nicely here.

Friday 19 April 2019
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Take Up Your Cross

The BBC have a page of photos showing Good Friday events from around the world. In East Oxford, we have annual ‘walk of witness’, which proceeds via six stations from Cowley Road Methodist to SS Mary and John.

This year, I was offered the chance to carry the cross between two of those stations. It isn’t a full-scale cross so can be carried rather than dragged but, even over a short distance, it becomes heavy enough. Along with the Good Friday afternoon medication at St Clement’s, plenty of food for thought in thinking about the meaning of Easter.