Sad to see that our neighbour cut down a 400-year old oak tree and reduced it to a load of lumber.

remains of an oak tree photo

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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My Album of the Weekis Life By Misadventure from Rag'n'Bone Man. I suspect this'll be high on my "Best of 2021" list at the end of the year. Listen on Tidal:

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Having breakfast on the patio, listening to the birds singing for the first time this year.

photo of breakfast on a patio

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The meadow is full of these wild flowers. Struggling to get a sharp photo on the iPhone.

wild flower photo

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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We held our first in-person board meeting on Wednesday at a colleagues house. He lives 20 minutes from the Cornish coast, so I took my wife and the dog, and we went to Black Rock beach afterwards. The word “bracing” springs to mind.

photo pf black rock beach

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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The weather is horrible here today — heavy rain on a Bank Holiday, so here's a photo of some apple blossom I took yesterday.

photo of some apple blossom

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in ON1 Photo RAW 2021

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Sunday morning ride to Grittleton and back

phot of the grittleton arms

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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Draycot Cerne Chapel of Rest through the apple blossom, taken this morning whilst out with the dog.

draycot cerne chapel of rest

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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Another cold ride this morning

bike photo

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Wild Orchids.

The meadow where we walk the dog is covered with these rare orchids.

photo of wild orchids

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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Starting a new brew. This time I’m making “Stars & Stripes”, an American Pale Ale from The Greater Good. Should be drinking in about 2 weeks. 🍺

photo of a beer barrel

The greenhouse is stocked up. It looks like the neighbours will be getting some free tomato plants.

photo of plants in a greenhouse

photo of plants in a greenhouse

iPhone 11

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Sunset from last night

I was presented with this sunset around 8:45pm yesterday when I took the dog out for his "evening constitutional." The colours were amazing and the iPhone did a reasonable job at rendering them, with a little help from Lightroom.

photo of a sunset

iPhone 11, Lightroom app camera, processed in Lightroom Classic

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We drove to the Cotswold Water Park yesterday for a bit of R and R. It was bright but there was a cold wind if you weren't in a sheltered spot. Didn't stop a few hardy souls from venturing out on (and in) the water though.

photo of a lake

Sony a6300, Sony E 16-70 F4 ZA OSS, processed in Lightroom Classic

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We've got new neighbours.

These ladies arrived in the field at the bottom of the garden today. Parker wasn't too impressed.

cows in a field

photo of a black dog and some cows

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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Another cold Saturday morning ride.

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It's times like this that I wish I'd stumped up the additional cash for the iPhone 11 Pro to get the longer lens. I spotted these two in the field opposite our house whilst walking the dog this morning.

two deer in a field

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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The pear tree in the field opposite is full of blossom. We’ll be picking pounds and pounds of fruit in the autumn.

photo of a very large pear tree

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I was pleased to get my Co-Pinter through the post today, which means I can brew one and drink the other. This is a great way to enjoy freshly brewed beer at home. My wife bought it for me at Christmas and it works well. Take a look at The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co. for more info.

pinter photo

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Currently reading: Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson📚

Spotify or Tidal?

I’ve flipped between both over the years, but currently using Spotify as I got a free six-month subscription when I bought a Sonos sound bar before Christmas. That’s about to expire, and it’s time to stump up £9.99 a month.

The question is, should I go back to Tidal or stick where I am?

I listen to music on my MacBook, iPad, my phone and a couple of Sonos speakers located throughout the house. We also have a Naim streamer in the lounge, which means that I can make the best use of a high-quality source as provided by Tidal’s HiFi tier.

Spotify uses its Connect technology to send music to the Naim, whereas Tidal integrates with the Naim app, making for a more involved experience.

The only way to solve the puzzle is to have a sound off, play the same track on Spotify and Tidal and check whether I can hear a difference between the two to justify paying £20 a month for Tidal.

I’ve signed up for a 30-day Tidal trial. Let the games begin!

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Goodbye Evernote, hello Craft. I’ve done what I thought was unthinkable. After using Evernote for over a dozen years, I just cancelled my subscription and started using Craft as my full time note taking application. I tried to stay loyal to Evernote, but feel they are slipping behind and I really like what the team at Craft are doing. All that’s missing are tables (on the way) and a web clipper, also on the development list.

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I love the early morning light.

I took this whilst out walking the dog about 7am today. The light coming between the trees made this shot.

early morning landscape photo

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

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It was good to get out on Ruby tonight. Does anyone else name their bike?

bike photo

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Day trip to the coast.

It was great to escape and get away from staying at home for the first time in months. We packed a picnic, jumped in the car and drove to Lymington in Hampshire for some sunshine and sea air — great combination!

“black coastal path photo “costal “Hang “groyne

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