Wednesday, 26 September 2012

batcombe, sweet tooth, september sun, rain, reckless, assessor

Birthday break at Batcombe, Somerset. Great to return there and to stay at the wonderful Three Horseshoes (the best ever food and hospitality there, I would say). Presents included copy of Ian McEwan's new novel Sweet Tooth, which I'm really enjoying. A textbook McEwan opening chapter that completely immerses the reader in the fiction.

The weather on Monday didn't look promising (top photo), although it cleared towards lunchtime and yesterday's walking was in brightish September sunshine.

Astonishingly heavy rain on Sunday night. Not surprised to learn of sad floods in Somerset and elsewhere.

Was intrigued by the tombstone in Upton Noble churchyard (St Mary Magdalene's)--that middle name 'Reckless' (third-from-top photo). A story there, I feel.

Into Oxford this evening for induction for Certificate of Higher Education assessors.


  1. That's better, gloomy skies, followed by scudding clouds, I am now living my Autumn through your photos.
    You were the lucky birthday boy with book and beer, a peerless combination.
    (A few miles further south, I was once reading Tess in a bar, literally on one of the mentioned bye-ways, and the locals thought I should be involved in their discussion of runner beans. An annual conversation with highs and lows, the latter in a Hardyesque way dominating!)
    Why are there so many Gold Hills in the West Country?

  2. Excellent story! It's great that one can spend time in places mentioned in the novels. We once stayed at a pub that featured in Tess and late in the evening a fiddle player struck up and there was much Hardyesque singing!