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Learning

Coppiced

As seen in Wivenhoe woods on my daily walk.

Coppicing is a woodland management practice which can be dated back to Neolithic times. Trees are repeatedly felled at the base and allowed to regrow, to provide a sustainable supply of timber. They have developed root systems and can regrow quickly. This mimics their natural practice of retrenching, which they do to extend their lifespan. At the same time, greater amounts of light can reach the ground, allowing other species to grow there.

Not for the first time, I reflect that we have a great deal to learn from trees. Time to retrench.

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Moving

A Reflective Evening Walk.

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Smiling

Saturday Night

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Living

A Neighbour

Having recently moved home, I am meeting and getting to know my new neighbours. This one favours a spot two minutes from my front door, just by the jetty.

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Moving

Walking West

Sunset seen over Rowhedge on the opposite bank of the River Colne last night. Taken on my evening riverside walk in Wivenhoe, Essex.

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Moving

Waxing Crescent 2

The reflective moon playing coy on last night’s walk west along the river Colne in Wivenhoe, Essex.

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Living

SSW 24mph

On a day of high winds and a high tide, I went out front to see if the flood barrier had been closed. If not, I wanted to know whether I needed sandbags at the apartment.

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Living

The Barefoot Lecturer

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On Tuesday 17 March 2020, I was sent home from work. It was time to start lecturing from home. I said farewell to as many of my colleagues and students as I could find. It was an already much quieter City of London as I walked through Smithfield and Charterhouse Square on my way from Farringdon to Liverpool Street.

Four months, and an uninterrupted work schedule later, I am told that I am expected back in the lecture theatre to deliver in person in September exactly 6 months to the day since I was last there. In the meantime, I have been reminded that I am not cut out for 7 hours + per day sitting at a computer, that I miss my colleagues and the City of London dearly and that I enjoy moving around to interact with students while lecturing.

Now, I also enjoy being barefoot and so, in that respect, working from home has suited me fine. I’ve been Zoom-ready from the waist up; smart shirts, full make-up, ear-rings, all accessorised by the professional smile. From the waist down, it’s been yoga leggings and bare feet. So, while my face is work-mask-ready, my feet are most definitely not work-shoe-ready.

Will the shoe fit?

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Moving

Grazing Rights

…Or why there were cows in my front yard last week.

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Living

The Clock Struck 12.

A view north from Trinity Street, Colchester on a day in late May.