A quick trip up to Silvermine (because we were in the area) was fairly depressing. The Reserve is closed and will remain so for the foreseeable future after the huge fire. Because it was off-the-cuff, I didn’t take the camera up (maybe I’ll find time for that tomorrow), so please excuse these phone pics. I think they still give you a pretty good idea of the nothingness that remains after the blaze.

Compare that with this pic from last October. It’s all rather barren and moonscapy.

Here’s some more information on the damage to the infrastructure in the Reserve, and a reminder that its closure has many knock on effects, not least the lack of casual employment for Henry, the car park guard there:

Henry Josephs, the car guard at the reservoir parking, is now without a job.  He has been working there for about eleven years and has become a familiar face.  He has been entrusted with car keys and possessions while folks have gone swimming.  He has learnt a lot about the fauna and flora to pass on to visitors. So he was special feature in the parking area.

Incidentally, if you should wish to help Henry out, his banking details are listed at the end of that post.

Mr Henry Josephs

as well as the contact details of Sue Frew – Chairperson of Friends of Silvermine Nature Area – FOSNA.

Unsurprisingly, because that’s how nature works, there are some green shoots coming through the grey ash. But they’re few and far between at the moment. Aside from tomorrow’s possible visit, I’ll make a plan to get up there again in the next few weeks to see just how much change there has been.

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Nothing to see here

I know that people often use that line to ironically describe a situation in which there actually is something to see, but this isn’t one of those times.

More, as ever, tomorrow.

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Autumn is coming…


This shouldn’t really come as any sort of surprise to people around here. This happened last year at this time, if I recall correctly. And possibly also once before – was it 2011 maybe? Anyway, I digress. The combination of the time of year and a stiff overnight breeze resulted in a veritable plethora of leaves all over the floor. A sure sign from Mother Nature that it’s been hot and sunny for long enough.


It doesn’t mean that summer is quite over – we still have a couple of days this week which are going to hit 30ºC – but the nights are getting noticeably cooler and the mornings noticeably darker.  I know you’ve noticed it too.

I don’t want to call it just yet, but it’s coming.
Be ready Cape Town, because summer is almost over.


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Ellie Goulding – Take Me To Church cover

This Ellie Goulding cover of Hozier’s Take Me To Church is well worth a listen.

Deep. Hypnotic. Solid.


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Away at Bristol City

I watched Sheffield United at Bristol City back in 2010. It was cold and horrible. We lost. Heavily.

Still, perhaps that was a one off (Spoiler: no, it wasn’t – we often lose); perhaps others have had a more positive experience at Ashton Gate. Let’s head back to rochdaleawaydayreview (you may remember him from this post) to see how Marky D got on down there:

I got the Coach at 8.49AM the coach left Spotland Stadium at 9AM, we didn’t pull into the services while 11.35AM i went McDonalds and got 2 Hamburgers, McChicken Mayo, Fries and a Drink of Fanta which came to just under £5, The Coach left the service station at 12.06PM, we arrived at Bristol City for 1.33PM the coach were parked least a mile from Ashton Gate at Ashton Vale Car Park.

I ended up in the Tobacco Factory the only stout they had were Milk Stout which cost £3.20 it were like a stronger version of Snakebite then made my way to Ashton Gate. Before Kick Off i got a Pint of Guinness to get rid of the strong taste of Milk Stout out my mouth Guinness were £3.80 at the Stadium.

I was going to read further, but the grammar centre in my brain had exploded. I was even going to try and summarise the review by just reading the last sentence he wrote, but it’s over 200 words long.

rochdaleawaydayreview remains one of my favourite blogs detailing the fortunes of a Rochdale FC fan following his club to away matches. Once again, the enthusiasm and the attention to detail is faultless. The rest of it, however, is a complete and utter train smash.

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