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We’ve gained a friend for 2018 – The Daily Buckfast!

One of friends has been bubbling away on the back-burner for a while, but never had any reason to pull himself together and try to maintain the discipline of a daily post, despite having enough material.

The Daily Buckfast will hopefully be able to maintain an average of a post per day (maybe having to play catch-up if the ‘soup’ has been flowing a little to freely on some days) over the course of the year.

No idea if it will be witty or imaginative, or just dump pics, since it’s mainly meant to be a photo blog (and words can be too hard), but their might be days when extra effort is made to be coherent.

The Abbot’s been posting odd stuff from the media, and the old posts are worth a look, but the idea is to have fun with local finds.

The Daily Buckfast

The Daily Buckfast



03/01/2018 Posted by | Blogroll, Civilian, Links, photography, Site News | | Leave a comment

Storm damage – or not

When the really bad storms started to hit around here a few years ago, there was a lot of damage. Unfortunately, we weren’t wandering around taking pics or blogging back then.

But we were walking, and on the day after (provided the weather allowed it) a wander around the area usually found many houses with tiles ripped from their roofs, the same story with flat roofs as their covering was torn off, and a fair number of damaged trees, either broken along their length, or blown over with their roots torn from the ground.

However, after two or three years all these scenes largely came to an end. Roofs were repaired and made good with new coverings, and the storm damage to the trees effectively culled the old, weak, and the diseased, leaving only the young and strong behind.

Now, I seldom see any badly damaged roofs after a storm, and sometimes no damaged trees.

First walk through the park this year appeared to show only a few damaged branches, and it was only when I reached the ‘far’ end I found a couple had been lost, having been completely blown over. Next visit, one was already gone, and the other was still being cut into small pieces to ease the job.

Sandyhills storm tree 1a

First tree found down

Sandyhills storm tree 1b

And on its way out

Sandyhills storm tree 2a

Down, and already gone next time I passed

The above fell during the first week of storms at the end of 2013.

After everyone relaxed a bit, the second week saw a return of the winds and rain, and when I walked through the park again – the ‘near’ end joined the ‘far’, and a small group of thin trees had been blown down over the path, and was only held up by their pals on the other side.

Sandyhills storm tree 3a

Weren’t like that last week

Storms haven’t been back since – fingers crossed.

Ground damage

There’s always one thing I don’t like seeing at this time of year, and that’s the damage done by the city’s own park’s department vehicles. I think they used more specialised vehicles with large tyres or tracks in the past, but nowadays they just drive ordinary road vans and heavy lorries straight to the job, and the fairly narrow wheels and tyres just cut straight into the soft wet ground.

Park ground damage

Ground damage

The park’s path have metal poles locked into the centres to prevent rogue vehicles from driving along them, but these have rusted into place and the park vehicles just drive around them, and dig ruts into the sides of the paths.

Still, those poles have been locked in place for so long, they are rusting away and falling over, as I notices some lying in the shrubbery to the side.

22/01/2014 Posted by | Civilian, Links, photography | , , , | Leave a comment


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