Thursday, 22 April 2010

Air Ambulance Beer Boosts Charity Coffers

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Suffolk micro Mill Green Brewery is to donate 10 pence for every pint of its special Lifesaver ale to the charity.

Keep up the good work, both of you. Just don't attract the services of one by consuming too much of the wares of the other!

Norfolk has a thriving brewing tradition too, as this CAMRA list illustrates, and many local pubs, like the Blue Lion in North Pickenham, serve local beers to the locals.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

State Statistics and Pointless Pictorial Portrayals

Infographics, three dimensional swingometers and election straw polls will burden our lives until the general election on May 6th. Don't be bamboozled with flashy graphics that tell you nothing or figures that prove that women who wear bras are statistically more likely to suffer from hay fever than those that don't (or that girls are, in fact, evil).

Informative and fancy, though, is the constituency map by The Times newspaper. You can view each constituency with a brief description of the local topography and how the constituents voted in the past and the predicted outcome this time round.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Sauntered up to Sheringham Park

Went to sunny Sheringham Park to walk with sort of relatives with five dogs and one less sproglet. Beautiful views matched by the calm winds and warm sunshine. I was proud to climb the Gazebo tower without thoughts of my vertigo and, unlike two years ago, I remained on my two feet and didn't need to sit down in the middle of the upper platform for five minutes to compose myself before a shaking, humiliating descent. It is the slight give under foot by the wooden boards that pervert the usually stable brain cells.
Wonderful views, though.

Weybourne beach was stony but beautiful with signs that the Dudgeon wind farm land fall cable site is being dredged just offshore with the implications to Pickenhams' nearby neighbours The Dunhams and the proposed sub station.
The children had fun, so did the dogs .

All photos © J Reed

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Radiance Resurrection

Easter Sunday brought some lovely evening sunshine to the Pickenhams with only the early April chill reminding one that this is only the start of spring. Viewed from my upstairs window, a new calf has arrived in the field to the south joining some older siblings. Later on, with bravery borrowed from bigger brothers, curiosity enabled a family portrait.

Seemingly summery skies are betrayed by blooming bulbs.