Monday, August 17, 2009

postcard from Lavenham

postcard from Lavenham

the village is ever so pretty.

incidentally, this is a village where I first saw (and promptly misinterpreted) a mention of "Odd Fellows Lodge". It was (and still is) n a little plaque on one of the public benches. I couldn't photograph the plaque, because both times we went past there was a cheerful group of old ladies sitting on the bench having a chat. I did photograph is before, though - have a look, if you wish

Anyway, the Oddfellows (written together, apparently) are not "strange fellows", but rather "assorted fellows", meaning that society is formed across trades and occupation - here is what wikipedia has to say about it

Thursday, August 13, 2009

sleeping grass

Mimosa pudica

I expected to spand some time looking for the right name of those plants, but search on "sensitive plant" retrieved this immediately - Mimosa pudica. Wikipedia entry shows it in bloom; I don't think there is a chance of that in a pot, but I can hope

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

flax in blue

flax plants in blue

we happened to be at a pick-your-own farm nearby when a field of flax was in bloom. I spotted pretty blue flowers, made a few pics and then asked the lady in the farm shop "are those linen?". the word "flax" escaped me at that point, but we quickly arrived on it. She said that she had no idea what these plants were, and asked a guy who was passing by "Listen, are those flax plants?". He scratched his head and said - "what, those blue ones? Naah, they are linseed".
We didn't argue, although it is the same thing.
Now this field is almost ripe, but I like the blue version better

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tuesday, August 04, 2009



I never really liked to eat it, but when I was a kid, I really liked the look of redcurrant bushes. transparency, bright reds and greens, the roundness - it seemed perfection to me. I was always very annoyed when it was time for picking.

Sunday, August 02, 2009


wish I was there

I could hardly tear myself from this bilberry place, but somebody to pick us up and was waiting by the car, plus insect repellent was wearing off. Otherwise I would probably still be there