Quick Links 5th December 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.


Life

2016-11-30-07-32-06Most of this week has been taken up with things related to my Dad, plus my maternal Grandmother is sick, so that’s been taking some time too, leaving little time for anything else.

We’ve had freezing weather all week long with temperatures dipping down to between -3°C & -5°C in the early hours of the morning.

I’ve been up and out with the dogs most mornings before sunrise, so have got to enjoy the sunrise most mornings, and the weather conditions and clear skies have made for some pretty spectualar sunrises.



This Is The Most Dangerous Time For Our Planet – Prof. Stephen Hawking


Currently Reading 

Not much time to really read anything much apart from the next part of the book in my online discussion (see below). I’ve been listening to (or rather re-listening to), the excellent audiobook by David Hewson – “The Flood“, in the car, but I finished this on Saturday so I’ll be looking for something else. I have a few to choose from.

Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer: 2 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton [GoodReads].

The Wastelands (Dark Tower III) by Stephen King [GoodReads], reading this for an online disucssion group


The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures


If you should also happen to play Words With Friends and fancy challenging me to a game or two, my user name is Tontowilliams.

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Quick Links 28th November 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.


Life

Dad & Me

Dad & Me

I wasn’t planning on posting at all this week, I didn’t think I could face it for one, or that I would actually have the time for another. Last weeks post was only really possible because I normally build this Monday morning entry up during the course of the week before, I haven’t had that luxury this week as things have just been absolutely chaotic.

I am so surprised about the amount of bureaucracy over dealing with a death in the family, and I  have to say without the help of a wonderful funeral director I think things would have been a lot harder. I have found parts of the process particularly hard; registering the death, with a particularly cold registrar, amidst signs threatening me about perjury and other offences if I make a mistake next to those advertising for funeral services, undertakers and other things. Others have been much more pleasant, such as talking to the curate who will be conducting Dad’s funeral service about his life.

I might write in more detail in due course, but for now I just wanted to say a thank you to all those of you who contacted me directly with condolences. Your messages and thoughts made a very unhappy time, more bearable.


Currently Reading 

Not much time to really read anything much apart from the next part of the book in my online discussion (see below). I have however been listening to (or rather re-listening to), the excellent audiobook by David Hewson – “The Flood“. I’ve spent a significant amount of time in the car in the last week (not least because of a number of traffic jams), and this has kept me company.

Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer: 2 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton [GoodReads].

The Wastelands (Dark Tower III) by Stephen King [GoodReads], reading this for an online disucssion group


The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures


The author of this post, spent a year not spending any money on anything that she didn’t consider essential. I admire here for making it through the year, as I’m not sure that I could do the same, although there are many things that I don’t bother with and try to avoid the worst parts of our consumerism driven society, I have my weaknesses e.g. books!


I hope this coffee cup recycling project works.


This is one of the biggest scandals of the current government. It seems they are trying to drive the health service into collapse through a number of means, and by not funding elderly social care means there is more pressure of the NHS, as patients can’t move on from hospital when they are well enough. I have seen this first hand this year, and so maybe I am a little too close to it at the moment, but it feels to me that government is trying to drive a perfectly good system to the wall through lack of funding with a view to forcing everyone into a private health care system. I would happily pay more in tax to see an NHS and elderly care system that is properly funded. The vast majority of people don’t use it, but probably know a friend or relative who does, and everyone will need it eventually. It needs to be addressed properly and government needs to decide what is actually important and show some guts in its decision making, not keep running scared that if we don’t have growth the sky will fall, because it already is.

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Quick Links 21st November 2016

Sadly my Dad passed away in the last week. I wasn’t going to post at all, but as I add things throughout the week before this posts anyway, I’ll let it go live with what is here. It might be a bit quiet though for the next few weeks, but I’ll be back on track at some point.


Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.



Currently Reading

Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer: 2 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton [GoodReads].

The Wastelands (Dark Tower III) by Stephen King [GoodReads]


The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures


 On Walden Pond, On Election Day [Last Word On Nothing Blog]

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Quick Links 14th November 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.


I wanted to include this video last week but it’s only just been released on YouTube. This is a snippet from Plant Earth II, which I’d thoroughly recommend. There was a much longer segment in the programme and by the end I was practically shouting for the marine iguanas.

WARNING: Not recommended if you don’t like snakes!


Currently Reading

Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer: 2 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton [GoodReads].

The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower Book 2) by Stephen King [GoodReads] – I’m reading this as part of an online discussion, and by the time this post goes live I’ll have probably finished it.


A Week In Wildlife – In Pictures


 

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Quick Links 7th November 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.


Autumn Photo Collage

Autumn Photo Collage

The autumn colours have really hit their stride this week, the above is a sampling.


Before The Flood.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change movie has been released on YouTube. At over 90 mins, it’s not really a quick link, but it is worth a watch.


Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer: 2 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton [GoodReads].

The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower Book 2) by Stephen King [GoodReads] – I’m reading this as part of an online discussion.


Making Cider with Dave Goulson


The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures


 

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Allotment Update 5th November 2016

A short update on what’s happening on the allotment, plus talking through some plans for the winter months.

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Quick Links 31st October 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.



A Wolf Dies [Last Word on Nothing Blog]


Currently Reading

Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer: 2 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton [GoodReads].

The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower Book 2) by Stephen King [GoodReads] – I’m reading this as part of an online discussion, although it’s really a reread for me as I did read it years ago.


The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures


I’d certainly look forward to this sort of camping.


There’s been plenty of coverage of the proposed new third runway at Heathrow, but I can’t say that I’m particularly in favour of it. It seems like the wrong decision, and yet another government white infrastructure elephant like HS2 & Hinkley Point C, costing the tax payer billions but not returning on the investment.


 Halloween

Just because it’s Halloween, here are a couple of Simon’s Cat videos for your enjoyment…


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