Monday, 15 February 2010

Urban Bodging

You wouldn't imagine that there was a Bodger's Camp only a stones throw from this busy High Street in Stoke Newington, N.E. London...

But here it is in the grounds of Abney Park Cemetery.

It was a meeting of the London Group of the Bodgers Association on Saturday organised by Gerry Smyth (in the middle in above photo).  It was nice to be a part of this gathering at a time of year when not much is happening.  A lot of interesting and interested people turned out and one fairly major topic of conversation was Monty Don's Mastercrafts (watch it on BBC iPlayer) shown on Friday evening.
Abney is one of three Cemetery Parks in London, the others being Tower Hamlets and Nunhead.  They all have some kind of bodgery activity.

The cemetery is a bit of a jungle but fascinating glimpses lurk round every corner.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Forest News

They're nailing numbered tags to the trees in the Forest -


- so that they can keep track of them maybe and make sure they don't move around too much?  They've probably got each one globally positioned too . . .

Thanks to Ray Mears & Co a lot of these structures are appearing all over and quite deep in the forest.

Just the sort of thing we would have set light to as kids!

Any ideas on this fairly scarce woodland shrub?

Close up of the foliage

Click on all photos to enlarge.

Thursday, 4 February 2010


The reason there are no new posts on this blog lately is because I've had one of the worst colds I've ever had and this seems to have left me feeling completely disenchanted with modern electronic communications media.

Time will tell if this is temporary or not.