[*] Or even by e-mail if they've yet to embrace e-Smail. They will!
Despite the title, this blog has a low quotient of both strange news and plankton. In reality, this blog is simply a means for me to record my thoughts, musings and bitterness in a crisp ASCII format. I should confess, however, that I do have a professional connection to plankton ...
Skyride, 2011, a set on Flickr.
Today's outing was on the Skyride around Southampton. Basically, parts of the city get coned off and cyclists get to roam the roads unmolested. Which sounds slightly more cyclist-friendly than it actually is. Much as with last year, the dilemma of annoying car drivers is resolved by routing cyclists through portions of the city that are largely unused anyway. Last year it was Southampton's extensive parks, this year it was the city's extensive docks. Which, actually, was pretty good, since the docks we went through today are ones that are usually completely off-limits to the public. So much photography of the unlikely-to-be-seen-again scenery resulted. Also as with last year, today's Skyride was a pretty fun and friendly thing to do, with heaps of families taking part.
Hillier Gardens, a set on Flickr.
Out to Romsey today to see Hillier Gardens' "Art in the Garden", their annual sculpture exhibition.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given Hillier's primary role in horticulture, the emphasis is firmly on the "garden" part, to the extent that we were hunting high and low for some of the sculptures. We got almost all of them in the end, and while we've seen much better sculpture exhibitions elsewhere, it was cool to see the gardens as well.
Overall, I think I prefer too see art in a nice place ahead of a nice place with some art in it.
West Dean Gardens, a set on Flickr.
Out to this year's chilli festival courtesy of Alex. As usual, lots of chilli-themed culinary experiences to be had, including some quite strange ones - chilli fudge anyone?
Anyway, as on previous occasions, the best bit was the chance to wander around West Dean's walled garden. As evidenced by the (inevitable) plethora of photographs.