Saturday, 20 December 2014

LEAF Project Channel

A few changes to the design of the LEAF channel and a new trailer video.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Moved to Dorset

Moved from Hampshire to Dorset last night. In a nice area covered in trees, mostly pines, which gives the road its name of Pinehurst I believe. The place has an almost Scottish vibe, what with the conifers and place names such as Pinehurst, Westmoors and Ferndown. Many new places to explore, such as the New Forest, Holt Heath National Nature Reserve, Moors Valley Countrypark, etc.

View from my window

In the garden

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Return to Scotland (15th-18th)

Day 1
Flight to Scotland

Over Scotland's blue mountains

Eilean Donan Castle at night

Day 2

Dunollie Hotel and Broadford Bay

View of Loch Hourn and Beinn Sgritheall (left of screen) on the Kinloch Forest/Leiter Fura trail in the south of Skye

Walk to Leiter Fura historic township in the sunshine

The Cuillin

Inside Dun Beag and The Cuillin range from afar 

Dun Beag Iron Age Broch

The Storr and Old Man of Storr

Waterfall and Stream

Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock

Day 3
Kenmore Club in Autumn

Loch Tay Crannog Centre (closed)

The Falls of Dochart in Beautiful Killin

Inverness at Night

Monday, 10 November 2014

New Project: L.E.A.F

I've decided to start a small project.

The Landscapes and Environmental Ambient Field-Recordings project celebrates the aesthetic details large and small and the myriad sounds of the natural world. LEAF at its core is devoted to atmosphere, ambience and appreciation of the quiet observation. From the chilling tundra winds to bubbling woodland streams to the chattering of busy townsfolk, this channel explores the often ignored sounds of the natural world. From a visual perspective, LEAF tries to capture the aesthetic details of the natural and “digital world" to create a deep sense of immersion.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Sparsholt College

Started Sparsholt Level 3 Diploma in Conservation and Wildlife Management.

*Sparsholt College.Week 2 - Ditch clearance at Mottisfont woods as part of the Estate Skills unit. Two weeks in and already gaining more valuable experience in great places (19th September)*

23rd September: Three weeks into Sparsholt Conservation and Wildlife Management course and thoroughly enjoying it. It balances valuable practical work with quite rigorous theory in places.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Secrets of the Heath Day 2

Day 2. The last day of the event was great, with much improved weather, but the start of the day was particularly good because I got to listen to Will Lord speak for about 15 minutes just before the Heath event started. At the end he rather generously gave me the top quality arrowhead he made in that time to me. When everyone else had left I of course expressed my gratitude and thanked him for the talk, which was about much more than just flint knapping, but perception of prehistoric reenactors, hunting, understanding nature, primitive man and more. Day 2 was much the same as the first, though I done a lot more paddling in the Eurybia. I did take some time out to go and see the Amphibian and Reptile conservation area and had a chat with a few of the volunteers there. I held a toad and slow worm. I wanted to hold the grass snake, but I didn't have time. So that's the Secrets of the Heath event over. It was an incredible two days.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Secrets of the Heath Day 1

I'm back from day one of the Petersfield Heath Secrets of the Heath event. And what an incredibly eventful day it was. Where to begin? I'll try my best to summarise the day and choose a few choice photographs after.

Turning up at the event an hour early, I helped sort out our Buster Ancient Farm stall and checked up on the Eurybia boat before it went on its first launch of the day. During this time, Will Lord came to visit us from his stall. It was decided that Ryan Watts, the lead builder of the Eurybia, dressed in full "Stone Age" clothing, would have a picture taken with Will in the boat. It was somewhat surreal, it has to be said, in that Will Lord paddled in a boat which I helped make. We spoke for a bit after said photographs were taken. Very much in the vein of Mears, Lord is down to earth and a pleasure to talk to. The rest of the day was somewhat fragmented, as I mostly spent it talking to customers and wandering around stalls and enjoying the atmosphere. At one point I walked with a friend and volunteer through the Heath Bronze Age barrows. Soon there came a more active point when I was paddling the boat a fair bit for the public which was nice.

After the event, around 5:30, we packed up and most of us went back to the Farm to celebrate. An Iron Age weekend was going on at Butser during the SotH, but by the time we got back to the Farm most of the reenactors had left or were hiding, so I didn't speak to many of them. I didn't stay long, but the barbecue was great and there were a couple of speeches of thanks to the boat builders and the Heath helpers. All in all, a very very eventful and exciting day.

I hope you all enjoyed the write up. Cheers.