Quick Links 6th August 2017

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’ve been thinking about when these posts get published, and am moving them to a Sunday instead of Monday. I might switch between the two days, depending on what I’m doing and what my plans are, and I may yet get around transitioning it all to a weekly newsletter, but that’s a little way off yet.

Life In General. This week has pretty much all been associated with my Mum’s knee replacement. I tried to make the best use of my time and save some money, by travelling to and from the hospital on the bus(es). It takes a little longer, but I can read a book, and because of the cost of car parking at the hospital it is much cheaper. She was home on Tuesday afternoon and is doing well.

To add to the list of things that I need to do, my car has been playing up again. Not the same problem as before, and one that only seems to manifest itself in the wet or damp. Anyway I’ll be calling the garage on Monday, to try and book it in for them to have a look at. I think I know what’s going on, but would rather have it diagnosed and fixed by and expert.

Work  A week of reactive work, responding to queries and other things but not much significant has been happening.

Allotment. – I’ve mostly just been down on the plot harvesting for our meals. I did make a quick update video on one of those trips (see below).

Currently Reading – Most of my reading has actually been listening as I’ve been concentrating on a couple of audio books when on the bus. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre [GoodReads] has been my “book” of choice. I’ve also started a couple of books with a nautical feel to them:

Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin [GoodReads] & Down to the Sea in Ships by Horatio Clare [GoodReads]

I am missing my weekly fix of Stephen King.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures

Green space v social housing: the fight for the future of London’s oldest allotments – It’s probably not surprising that I’m linking to this [LINK], and if I’m honest I don’t believe the charity will stop at the point they claim. The phrase “the current board” appears a lot and of course this is only good until the board changes by one person and then technically it’s a new board and they could do whatever they wanted. It is a tough call, but actually I think it is incumbent on local authorities to push for more social housing in all developments and stop the rot of only building “luxury” developments. Of course there’s no money in that, but if we need more housing then lets build what people can afford, rather than only for those minted enough that money is no object.

Goose Vs. Elephant

Neil Gaiman “There’s no point wearing a cowboy costume if it’s just you.”LINK – []