Monthly Archives: October 2011

Beef Extract and Mysterious Turks

Colmans are advertising a new gravy mix with real beef in it. They have a glossy cartoon bull that leaps in and out of a gravy boat. I only mention this because I was reading a copy of the Eastern … Continue reading

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Piped water supply in West Lulworth

When we were staying in West Lulworth a month or so ago I read about the street wells and their replacenment by piped water.  Then saw two cast iron plates set in walls in the main street, both having the … Continue reading

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Eco-Schools Staff Reunion in Bristol

Three years ago, and six years ago, we – the select ex-EcoSchools Officers – met in interesting places to eat, drink and take in the culture.  This year we met in Bristol from 7th to 9th October.  Not all at … Continue reading

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Two Pieces of Timber at Hardwick Hall

Hardwick New Hall was built from local materials.  Very sustainable.  The timber came from the local woods, but there seemed to be no shortage given the sizes they chose to use.  Each step is solid oak.  Note how the winding … Continue reading

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Hardwick Hall – more glass than wall

Although the holiday was about making charcoal we did other stuff, I even went up a couple of days early and visited Bill and Liz Fargent (I shared a room with Bill in my first year at university, 1968 – … Continue reading

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Charcoal Burning at Hardwick Hall – 23rd to 30th Sept 2011

Yet another National Trust working holiday, this one 8 miles south of Chesterfield, on the estate of Hardwick Hall.  We spent most of our time cutting down hazel coppice and stacking anything fatter than about 3cm into piles about a … Continue reading

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