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Trees - now that's an Oak

Our 2019 motorcycle tour also includes a few detours to see trees, this one, in the little hamlet of Liernu in Belgium, was definitely worth it. This ancient oak of possibly 1000 years is absolutely beautiful. It has two sister oaks, The Chapel Oak of France...


8 July 2019
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No Fries in Friesland?

We left Amsterdam and headed toward motorcycle mecca, the historic Assen TT motor racing circuit. It was stiflingly hot again and we were glad to get to our accommodation, where an electronic sign above a shop opposite suggested 42 degrees! It was definitely...


5 July 2019
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam, one of the worlds great cities, presumably because it was built and is inhabited by lots of smart Dutch people, and they are smart too, and they all appear to be bilingual! Perhaps that's why so many tourists come to visit, it's too easy? There's...


3 July 2019
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The Last Post First

As you can see the bike we have bought is red and British, let’s hope red doesn’t equate to embarrassing moments. Our first week on the road has gone relatively smoothly, adjusting once again to a tiny “suitcase” in which we still seem to be able to manage...


30 June 2019
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We're doing it again!

Well we have decided to do it again, ride around Europe on a motorcycle for a few months. Before we head off I thought I would remind you of our earlier 2009 and 2013 exploits, two 15,000km tours of the continent and the UK two up on a motorcycle, a different...


4 June 2019
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The skull cap

My interest in trees extends to parts of trees, flowers, bark, branches, fruits, pods, and in the case of gum trees, flower caps. When the flowers open the caps are shed and fall to ground. The caps themselves vary in size from several centimetres across to...


9 April 2019
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January's art

The last few weeks have been frightfully hot. So far this month our local weather station has only recorded 3 days with the maximum below 30 degrees and with six days above 40 degrees. It's hot alright, and very dry. At this time of the year a lot of gum trees...


23 January 2019
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Social Media

It has been really interesting sharing images on Facebook and asking people to comment on them. These images are ones I have posted and asked people to describe what they think in one or two words, and I have then added those words to the images so you can...


1 December 2018
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A reverence for trees - Tane Mahuta

Seemingly appearing like Lilliput’s children at the foot of the majestic giant, visitors come from all over the world to worship this tree.The world of Tane Mahuta must have been quite something. There was a time when there would have been hundreds of thousands...


10 September 2018
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Trees - A matter of perspective

It is easy to walk or drive past a tree without giving it a second glance. How often do you actually take a second look or even spend a minute or two just taking it in? In my case I do it quite often, both as a tree appreciator and as a photographer. Trees...


20 June 2018