A country walk near Polesden Lacey.
There aren’t many lakes around here, but I saw one on the map near Ripley. You can walk all the way round but I just went half-way round before diverting to a path through fields and on to the River Wey Navigation. A short walk to the Seven Stars pub for a glass of wine and a bacon & Brie sandwich. An interesting sandwich – not sure if the salad (lettuce, rocket, cucumber, apple, pepper, tomato, celery) was sufficiently healthy to overcome the unhealthiness of the bacon & Brie!
As well as wanting a walk, I wanted to see how I got on with lugging my DSLR around again and to see how the images compared with the iPhone. An 8 mile walk convinced me that the DSLR is just a weight I could do without (at my age). I also took iPhone pictures to compare with those of the DSLR. All the images below were taken with the iPhone apart from the first one of the the lethargic (sick?) frog and the second waterfall one (compare the thatched roof with that on the previous iPhone image). All pictures were saved and processed in raw format.
Conclusion? The DSLR will have to go – it’s just too heavy. The iPhone takes goodish images but often with a lot of noise. I need to get a replacement small camera that takes images with the quality of my dead Sony RX100, but at the same time continuing to use the iPhone just because it’s so convenient.
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On the train to Dorking I really got into James Rhodes’ Fire On All Sides – this is going to be a great read. I took a dozen books to the Oxfam bookshop and bought three (A Gate at the Stairs – Lorrie Moore, The King is Dead – Jim Lewis, and the non-fiction The Death of Expertise – Tom Nichols). I deserved the coffee and pain au chocolat at the very pleasant Dorking Deli. Incidentally there’s an amazing bike shop just a couple of doors down. Continue reading “Do I know you? & The man with a tail”
On a grey and windy day, some pictures from a morning visit to the National Trust’s Polesden Lacey. I’ve no idea who the gentleman in the hat is, but I liked his look. We took the tour, which was extremely interesting, before ambling through the rooms.
If I had known that Polesden Lacey was closed due to a power failure I might have delayed eating that banana and kept it for my lunch.
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It’s a while since I had a decent length walk and so the return of the sun was an incentive to take one on.
Westhumble to Dorking is familiar to me, though today there was an unplanned, muddy detour towards the end. I’ve mapped the walk using Mapmywalk.com. I had a phase of mapping all my walks but somehow I lost the enthusiasm, but now I’m returning to the site to resume mapping.
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As the sun descended…. Continue reading “Nonsuch Park fading light”
A lake and two walls
After four grey days we had a lovely, mainly sunny, day that deserved a walk through Bushy Park and the purchase of some new boots. The old boots are 10 years old, have tramped through New Zealand as well as numerous walks in the UK, but they are fit for the bin, and with walks along the Itchen Way lined up, a new pair became urgent.
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On setting out, there was the following piece of wisdom at my local train station. Curiously (or not), my previous post which was posted just an hour earlier, referenced the spelling of the past tense of focus (focussed or focused), though the stationmaster didn’t have to consider this when writing her message.
It should have been a lovely Autumn walk along the River Wey, but today the sun was in short supply and I was a little disappointed. My walk started at Byfleet, passed over the M25 to the river, and then parallel to the motorway for a while, so initially it’s very noisy for a country walk. I doubled back after an hour and a half, continuing a bit further along the river and under a monster of a bridge carrying the motorway over the river.