Monday, April 20, 2009

bluebell, ground elder, matresses

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Bluebell with raindrop. The photograph is worth clicking.

Ground elder can be difficult to eradicate. But I am beginning to come to terms with it, and even enjoy the chore. At this time of the year when the ground is soft, after loosening the surrounding earth with a fork, it is possible to lift out, in their entirety, the insidious, white roots, knowing that if cut up with a spade, they multiply and spread. The leaves, when young are quite attractive, and, according to Richard Mabey's book Food for Free can be cooked and eaten as spinach, which, he maintains, the Romans used to do.

Sabrina, who owns Hall's Bookshop tells me that, while pick nicking with friends at Eridge Rocks, a sandstone outcrop near Tunbridge Wells, where climbers come to practice their sport, she noticed that some of the climbers were taking precautions against broken bones, by placing mattresses at the foot of the rock face. Not far to fall, as the rocks are not much more than 20 ft high, but such precautions strike me as a little too comfortable for comfort.

8 comments:

The Crow said...

My daughter's right.

marja-leena said...

The vision in the raindrop is amazing!

Lucy said...

What a blue, and the perfect focus in the drop is a delight!

Barrett Bonden said...

There's a technical explanation to the mattresses but the doctor's surgery awaits. Later...

Barrett Bonden said...

It's not rock-climbing as such but a curious variant called "bouldering". As the name suggests this minimalist sport can be practised on quite small lumps of rock and the mattresses are not intended to soften a fall. The boulderer lies on the mattress (used to protect him from the damp or uneven ground) facing upward and then attempts to ascend the rock from this almost impossibly awkward position. A bit like trying to play cricket underwater.

Plutarch said...

Thank you, Crow. I think there may be some skill in cropping but digital cameras offer wonderful short cuts to apparent skill. There's also skill in looking, I think, in the right way.

M-L and L. That was lucky, that rain drop. I didn't see it until I spotted itin the view finder.

BB. Thank you. I thought that You might be able to explain these unlikely sporting accessories.
Are you sure that the mattresses aren't variations on the the old fashioned flying carpets.

The Crow said...

"There's also skill in looking, I think, in the right way."

Absolutely! The camera catches what you see, but can't replace your eyes, your sense of what is worth photographing in the first place. That is the skill that makes your photos good.

(No need to respond...just adding to what I wrote earlier.)

:)

herhimnbryn said...

Beautiful image. I swear I can smell bluebell perfume.