Saturday, 8 October 2011

One Hundred Up

I see from the statistics that this is my 100th post - a modest but significant milestone for someone who once said that life was too short for blogging! So what on earth have I filled these posts with? And what did I leave out?

While looking around Wimpole Hall I was rather taken with this old "fire-waggon". They must have been an optimistic lot to think they might fight a fire with that! Somehow it didn't quite fit in with the grandeur of the rest of the hall so got left out of the post.

There were lots of fine flowers to be seen on my visit to Bressingham Gardens but I don't think I've shown you this one before.

I've done several posts about various things seen while out cycling, odd little bits of history on the roadside. Few people would take much notice of this house standing right next to a busy road on the outskirts of Cambridge, its bay window almost encroaching on the path. In the days before well-maintained modern roads the upkeep of the road was paid for by charging a toll to all those who used it. A barrier or turnpike was set up across the road and they became known as turnpike roads. The house in the picture was an old toll-house, the windows are set so that the gatekeeper would have a clear view of any approaching travellers.

I love all forms of music and have included one or two song-lyrics which I've been moved to compose from time to time, but also I like listening to, and photographing, the buskers on the streets of Cambridge. I don't know how I've missed out the guy above; he's always around and can drawl and mumble his way through a Dylan song as convincingly as His Bobness himself.

I expected to do more posts about birds which are a real passion of mine. Maybe I'll do a few more when winter comes for I'm one of those perverse people who likes setting off in freezing weather to watch geese, swans and ducks that have just arrived from Iceland or Spitsbergen. But I have managed to keep up with a family of swans throughout the summer. (Click on Swanwatch label on right to see the whole series).

And from time to time I like to manipulate (some would say "mutilate"!) photographs. It's actually a piece of sculpture on the adventure playground at the school where I work.

And I always end with "Take care" which is a reminder to us all that we must take care of ourselves, each other and this big world we live in. Psychiatrists, doctors and scientists are not as good at patching things up as everybody likes to imagine.

So take care.


  1. First of all congratulations on your 100th blog. I wish I'd found it sooner, you do such a fine job. When things slow down I will take the time to go back and read over all your posts.

    I love the thought you put into today's post, and your 'mutilations' are great.

    Keep up the good work, will be interesting to see how your readership has increased by the 200 mark.

  2. Your blog posts are always interesting to read, congratulations on 100 posts and may there be many more.

  3. Congratulations, I read most of them I think - and enjoyed them all. Life IS too short for blogging really! I hate to think of all the things I should do that I don't do because I love blogging and blog reading so much!

  4. Congrats on the milestone, John. Glad you decided you had time to blog. It's an interesting and informative community we have. I'm looking forward to the next 100. Jim

  5. from me, here in Iowa, the midwest of the USA, I say "take care" because my folks did, and my grandfolks did. Isn't that a nice tradition . . . and says so much. I did enjoy coming by . . . thanks!

  6. Thanks for all comments and congrats. I'll try to keep going for a bit longer then!


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