Herefordshire Week 023: Tuesday 02 – Monday 08 June 2020

Squirrel Wars. Bird watching. Herb Bed Extension.

A sort-of Socially Distanced BBQ.

Rain.


We continued our adventures in ice cream on Tuesday morning, with versatile vanilla. Jean’s old mixer is proving indispensable. Not only does it whizz up the egg yolks and sugar, but also the surplus-to-requirements egg whites, which this time got whipped up into amaretti biscuits. With hindsight, should have turned some of them into coconut macarooooooons. Next time.

Amaretti biscuits
Amaretti biscuits

Wednesday was historic occasion for bailing out of VWW due to patchy night’s sleep on Tuesday/Weds, but Family Zoom on Thursday was a good way to end the working week. And I haven’t spent all weekend turning work over in my mind, unlike last week.


Friday morning, Phil and I headed out on the Bacton square and in the afternoon, Squirrel Wars. As dad predicted, one of the at-least-five resident squirrels has discovered our peanut bird feeder. It’s not as though these are the ONLY nuts around – there are tree-fulls of them! Battle commenced with my shouting RAAAARRR through the windows ……I know…. completely ineffective, so on Saturday I “upgraded” to throwing pebbles in its general direction. My aim is useless, so I know it’s not in any real danger, but so far it’s not tested me out: it materialises under the bird feeder every now and again, but once I appear on the driveway it runs off.

Just after our return my dad turned up, and supervised while I created The Extension to the herb bed. Good timing as that’s chocabloc with green goodies, and there’s no room to plant out the next batch of little lettuces that are thriving in repurposed yoghurt pots, tonic bottles and an M&S Shortbread tray.

Herb Bed Extension - Stage 1
Herb Bed Extension – Stage 1

I am still loving watching the birds, and I’ve realised that I can get really quite close to the blue tits when they’re engrossed with feeding. They seem really quite chilled, hanging there on the wire container. We have a pair of lesser spotted / red woodpeckers visit too. When they turn up the smaller birds wait it out in the hedge or on the ground. Nuthatches, are generally next on the peanuts, together with coal tits and great tits, with robins and chaffinches feeding on spillage below and blackbirds and thrushes finding insects and worms in the grass.

A Pair of Greedy Blue Tits
A Pair of Greedy Blue Tits

One of the woodpeckers went BONK into the conservatory doors on Friday, so I got a close up through the lounge window:

Dazed woodpecker
Dazed woodpecker

I spent most of Saturday working through the final week of photos from last November’s Epic Trek-with-Ascents in Nepal, and finished writing it all up: Mera Peak – Amphu Lapsta Pass – Island Peak: Photos & Notes.

Me, Mera Peak ascent
Me, Mera Peak ascent

I am now desperate to get back to the mountains. Kanchenjunga N&S Base Camps is next on my list. Who knows when….

But first – I have to whittle down those 705 photos that are in my Nepal, November 2019 – Mera Peak, Amphu Lapsta, Island Peak album to a Blurb photo book.  I made a start on Saturday afternoon only to discover that BookSmart 4 has been replaced by BookWright. Whilst it’s fundamentally the same interface, with the invaluable connection into Flickr, it’s different enough to produce a painful learning curve. Particularly annoying that nothing created in BookSmart will open in BookWright, including My Layouts and previous projects. At least I can see preview previous photobooks to remember how I’d set them out, in terms of title page, chapters, and photo layouts.


Sunday afternoon we headed over to Dad and Jean’s for a Socially Distanced BBQ, which was lovely, if not entirely al fresco. We returned with spare old net curtains that we put over the cherry tree on Monday, plus rhubarb, radish and rocket seeds and two old patchwork cushions I made in my late teens.

No tomato plant compost at Lock’s though – disaster!

Sunday morning’s highlight was Phil putting up the Forty Acres sign he’d made. Looking very smart 🙂

Forty Acres - IT'S A SIGN!
Forty Acres – IT’S A SIGN!

As is the “Herb Bed Extension”. Sadly with my weedy arms, I had failed to dig up the grass after dad headed home on Friday and decided it would need to wait until after next weekend and the promised week+ of rain. Except driving back on Sunday evening we could see signs of heavy rain showers – puddles on the road and curtains of rain falling over Hay Bluff – which reached us an hour or so later and proceeded to deliver a deluge overnight.

So Monday was spent pottering around the garden, digging over The Extension and forking compost into it then planting out those little lettuces and upgrading the M&S tray’s seedlings to the yoghurt pots, and netting the cherry tree.

Herb Bed Extension - Stage 2
Herb Bed Extension – Stage 2
Herb Bed Extension - Stage 3
Herb Bed Extension – Stage 3

After lunch (featuring Mary’s Organic, Zero Air Miles Lettuce!) and a sunny hour’s snooze on the patio, I hauled out some of the weed from the big pond, discovered just how hard it was going to be to dig out the yellow flag iris from the small pond (needs someone with stronger arms than I have) and lopped off the damaged branches from the apple trees by the train set. Phil had worked his way round the burgeoning apple harvest reducing each batch to two.

Mary's Organic, Zero Air Miles Lettuce!
Mary’s Organic, Zero Air Miles Lettuce!

Telly: We started on The Trip to Greece, and The Tunnel. Both excellent, The Tunnel especially as it turns out 7 years is enough for me to have forgotten pretty much all of the plot from the Scandi-Noir original (except for the twist at the end). The fact that for the whole of the first episode, in my head I was watching Clémence Poésy play the Pas-de-Calais version of Sarah Lund might have helped my happy ignorance.

I listen to podcasts a lot. Monday’s gardening was accompanied by History Extra and The Boring Talks. Recent (re-)discoveries include Slate’s Hit Parade with Chris Molanphy plus Out of the Ordinary, and The History of English podcast continues its excellent in depth exploration of the history of the English Language. 130 hour-ish-long episodes in, and we’ve just got to Chaucer.


Update 14 June 2020

Here are the photos from week 23.

Herefordshire Week 022: Tuesday 26 May – Monday 01 June 2020

“Cor, what a scorcher!”

Another week of August weather. Too nice to sit at a computer working through photos from our final week in Nepal last November, so no week 22 photos yet.

Normal service will be resumed once the temperatures drop. And once I’ve done Nepal!


Tuesday morning, after we’d nipped out to Locks Garage for a fruit etc top up (and tomato plants) to tide us over until I did a bigger supermarket shop on Saturday evening, I took the strimmer out for a long overdue spin on the solarium. Very satisfying.

Solarium strimmed by a beginner strimmer
Solarium strimmed by a beginner strimmer

My working “week” is hectic. We’re seeing a lot more demand for KM support from the practice groups that don’t have a dedicated KM lawyer in place, and in those that do. It’s good to have evening commitments in place, to force me to stop. There will always be more to do at work.

As well as VWW and Family Zoom on Weds and Thurs, on Friday evening I sat on the patio with a beer and crisps catching up with a couple of London friends before Pizza à la Phil. This week, with spinach and jalapeños – TASTY!

Pizza à la Phil
Pizza à la Phil

It is GORGEOUS here at the moment, and despite the hot, dry weather, the grass is looking lush – and in need of a mow…. and gardening generally kept me busy on Friday and Saturday, and for some of Sunday. Not a chore – although Friday was a bit patchy in terms of focus and achievement (see below). I did spend a very satisfying Saturday, taking the big mower up to the solarium to pick up the grass cuttings, taking the Honda mower around the “edges” in the orchard, and pruning the wild plum at the bottom of the garden. Pottering around I noticed how much fruit is coming on the trees – apples, cherries and hazelnuts.

Apples
Apples

I am really enjoying growing things. My lettuces, sunflowers and pumpkins are already looking bigger! On Sunday, I planted the larger lettuces out in the herb bed, and on Monday, we had the first organic home grown lettuce with dinner.

Some salad seedlings, and the tomato plants
Some salad seedlings, and the tomato plants
With added lettuce
With added lettuce

Saturday morning started with great excitement, with a trio of early morning visitors…  three deer, down by the log shed. They then headed over the train tracks and reappeared down by the sweet pea. Pretty sure they use the “path” under the Yew tree to get to the road and up the other side. VERY exciting.

Deer
Deer

We also got back into our bird obsession, watching gangs of blue tits darting hither and thither, checking under leaves for bugs and seeds, with two wood peckers dominating the bird feeder devouring the peanuts (which hopefully means they’re not devouring chicks), their left overs providing nibbles for nut hatches below, as chaffinches, greenfinches and coal tits sunbathe near by. And on Monday afternoon, sat on the “love seat” by the big pond, I watched a chaffinch having a bathe / drink on a lily pad! Magical.

Blue tit in the hazelnut tree
Blue tit in the hazelnut tree

Sunday and Monday we had our first foray into making ice cream in the Le Glacier, following the “egg yolk custard” recipe. Leaving the yolks chilling in the fridge together with jersey milk, whipping cream, sugar and Lindt 85% dark chocolate, destined to become the ice cream machine’s christening batch, I – literally (ha ha) – whipped up my first ever batch of meringues, to use up the egg whites.

My first meringues
My first meringues

We did manage to relax a little in between all this activity. Breakfasting on the patio, reading in the shade, down by the big pond. I made good progress through the third Hilary Mantel / Thomas Cromwell hardback I got for my birthday.

Breakfast
Breakfast

We also got out for a stroll to Bacton on Sunday, and I did some longer walks – the Army Crossroads & Cockyard loop, and yesterday I ventured all the way to Vowchurch for the first time, returning via Gwatkins and Riverdale.

Vowchurch, and Hay Buff beyond
Vowchurch, and Hay Buff beyond

In non photo news, the big shop on Saturday evening went fine. I had hoped that Aldi and Sainsbury’s would be relatively quiet – especially if folks were making the most of the gorgeous weather to have a weekend BBQ. No one wearing a mask, and not as quiet as I would have liked, but not too bad. And I found bread flour on the shelves for the first time.

Telly: Having watched BBC Four’s Storyville series OJ: Made in America last week, it was good to change gear to The Crown season 3. Nice to have a theme tune that doesn’t go all Game of Thrones. Looking at you, Westworld.

I’m finding it difficult to shut down at the end of my working days, both mentally as well as laptop-wise, and I find it takes all of Friday not at work to feel less frazzled and to stop trying to do a million and one things a minute. This week was particularly difficult as I consciously and subconsciously fumed about Dominic Cummings’ and Boris Johnson’s absolute distain for all the difficult decisions and sacrifices everyone else has been making, and continue to make. I heard from a friend this week that her mother had died of COVID-19. My friend hadn’t been able to be there, and isn’t sure how best to travel – it would need to be by train – to be with her dad. Or even if she should.

I am still so angry about the behaviour of these two men.


Let’s close with a late afternoon shot of Skirrid, to calm me back down.

Skirrid
Skirrid

We should have been in Italy this week, for our friends’ wedding. But there are worse places to be…..


Update 14 June 2020

Here are the photos from week 22.

Herefordshire Week 021: Tuesday 19 – Monday 25 May 2020

No week 21 photos (yet)* and only short notes this week as I need to get out into the garden strimming!


Tuesday’s twin highlights were a walk over EH Common with Phil, and a successful shop at Mailes – milk and chorizo and sundried tomato “pork” pie. So hot, I had to buy an ice cream maker from Argos once we got back home 🙂


On Friday, I took a couple of screenshots of The Guardian‘s COVID-19 graphs for reference:

Screenshot from The Guardian, 22 May 2020: New Coronavirus cases per day for the County of Herefordshire
Screenshot from The Guardian, 22 May 2020

 

Screenshot from The Guardian, 22 May 2020: Deaths from Covid-19 by week, 2020 - for the County of Herefordshire
Screenshot from The Guardian, 22 May 2020

Frustratingly, I can’t link to them as their Coronavirus UK map: the latest deaths and confirmed cases in each region page is updated each week, and the URL changes.

In other COVID-19-related news, it should have been the St Andrews Ladies Celebration this weekend, so we had a Virtual Get Together on Saturday afternoon instead.

And I’m still waiting for a whole slew of train ticket refunds – looking at you Avanti, Greater Anglia and Transport for Wales. GWR has left them all standing,


I spent most of the blustery bank holiday weekend working through my photos from last November’s trip, and getting them up onto Flickr and into this album – Nepal, November 2019 – Mera Peak, Amphu Lapsta, Island Peak. Still a week or so to do, but we have summited Mera Peak and crossed the Amphu Lapsta pass…

Sunrise over the Hongu Valley, Mera Peak panorama
Sunrise over the Hongu Valley, Mera Peak panorama

It’s identifying the mountains that takes the time, and even though it happens every time, I still don’t manage to make a note of the names en route. Thank heavens for Günter Seyfferth’s Die Berge des Himalaya (The mountains of Himalaya) website!

… All of which has made me wonder when I’ll be able to return. Kanchenjunga North & South, Val’s version, is top of my list.


Phil ticked off lots of To Dos too: my birthday photo is now framed and on the wall in my office, and we have a sign for Forty Acres, all done bar the varnishing.

Manaslu Team -2018-154 © Doug Beecroft
© Doug Beecroft’s photo from our Manaslu & Tsum trip, Nepal 2018

Monday was the promised scorcher, so after a leisurely morning featuring Flickr, writing to my MP and coffee and carrot cake on the patio, I did a long walk across Thistly Field, down the Army Camp Crossroads, to Duffryn Farm and Cockyard and back via Stone Street and Kerrys Gate. Everywhere is looking green and lush, and the sheep and lambs have been shorn.

I spent the early evening planting out the marigolds, larger lettuces and sunflowers in the herb bed, and put the pumpkins into 3 pots by the compost heap.

Marigolds, lettuces and sunflowers in the herb bed
Marigolds, lettuces and sunflowers in the herb bed

 

Pumpkins in pots
Pumpkins in pots

Down at the big pond, the yellow – and blue – flags are out, as are the “red” lilies (phew – I was worried my weed-clearing had finished them off). And there are loads and loads of slim blue dragonflies whizzing around, and – on close inspection – mating and laying their eggs in the water.

When I went down later in the afternoon to photograph the dragonflies, I spotted two larger ones anchored on separate flag leaves, one either end of the pond, emerging from their nymph skins. Amazing.

Dragonfly metamorphosis
Dragonfly metamorphosis
Dragonflies
Dragonflies

Photos from week 21 to follow – but I need to get back from Nepal first before uploading them, so as not to break the flow…

You’ll need to wait for that link to do anything.

Right: Stim-Time!


PS I keep forgetting to mention the birds hidden and hiding in the hedges and trees….. swallows (long tails) have joined the swifts – and bats come early evening! – flying over head. Blackbirds battling on the grass by the bird feeder, a woodpecker (or two?) coming to breakfast on peanuts around 8am every day. Plus blue tits, coal tits and great tits, thrushes, sparrows and chaffinches. One conservatory casualty, green.


* Update 14 June 2020

Here are the photos from week 21.

Herefordshire Week 020: Tuesday 12 – Monday 18 May 2020

Three good walks this week. I’m failing miserably to manage my morning walks, but at least when I do go out I am taking longer walks. And it is beautiful.


Tuesday morning, Phil and I strolled down to the Abbey and I decided to continue on over EH Common to see what Ewyas Harold Village Shop’s fresh bread offering looked like. Returned with a large granary loaf, TWO big bags of flour (white bread flour for Friday Night Pizza, and self raising) plus a pork and plum pork pie from Mailes Butchers. I’ll be back! Not least of all because they stock milk in 4pt bottles….

Feeling cheery, I took a new route back over the Common, turning off the road up to the Common just after Down House. VG.

First new footpath from Ewyas Harold
First new footpath from Ewyas Harold

On one of my periodic strolls around the grounds, in between mows, I spotted that we have yellow flags flowering in the small pond. Beautiful.

Yellow flags flowering in the small pond
Yellow flags flowering in the small pond

And I found a label on the box my birthday herbs came in, telling me what they are! And in other herb bed-related news, Phil made a really nice asparagus and broad bean pilau on Thursday night, with mint and thyme from the herb bed.  Two tweaks – we didn’t do the herb butter – it was MORE than buttery enough!! – just stirred them in at the end, and we used frozen beans.


Friday was busy and productive, with a trio of phone calls in the morning as I was planting out some of the dwarf green beans purchased from Sainsbury’s, and covered them in an assortment of plastic bags, as instructed by the packet.

I also transplanted the sunflowers and pumpkins into bigger pots made out of 4pt milk bottles / spare flower pots, and potted up the largest lettuce seedling to see how that goes…

Seedlings snapshot
Seedlings snapshot

… turned out fine, so on Monday I repotted some of the larger lettuce seedlings into a variety of pots.

Did a spot of reading, cleaned and stored the daffodil bulbs dug up when we’d installed the compost bin, and wrote Tom’s birthday card, which resulted in a lovely impromptu late afternoon walk: Canns Hill – Abbey Dore – Riverdale – Kerrys Gate. Started off as a stroll on the footpath from Canns Hill to Cherry Burton to our nearest postbox, and ended up as a magical hour and a half out on the local footpaths and country lanes. Peterchurch’s wonky spire, buzzards and the perennially intriguing Cockyard Tump all featured.

Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore
Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore
Buzzard, Riverdale footpath
Buzzard, Riverdale footpath
Cockyard Tump, from Kerrys Gate
Cockyard Tump, from Kerrys Gate

Frustrated by the fact that I can’t show the footpath sections on Google Maps, I edited the screenshot in Flickr to add them on.

Map of my late afternoon walk: Canns Hill - Abbey Dore - Riverdale - Kerrys Gate
Map of my late afternoon walk: Canns Hill – Abbey Dore – Riverdale – Kerrys Gate

Another irritation is the map pin labels – we are 12 miles from Hereford.


On Saturday, Phil and I did the Bacton square, picking some more wild garlic leaves en route, and on Monday I did another great late afternoon walk – Cockyard in reverse. I’d spent most of the day pottering in the garden, snipping away at new growth bramble and ivy. All very satisfying!

The hedgerow colours have shifted spectrum to whites [1, 2, 3, 4]and pinks [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] – there are even rogue sweet peas flowering down in Abbey Dore, and peonies at Black Bush. The blossom on the horse chestnut trees and apple trees is a white-and-pink combo. The frothy cow parsley that lines the lanes is a favourite.

Cow parsley lines the lanes
Cow parsley lines the lanes

Sunday early evening, I made a start on flickring photos from my 2019 Nepal trek. We are done with Dubai and are in Kathmandu.

Dancing Fountains, The Dubai Mall
Dancing Fountains, The Dubai Mall

Not sure there’ll be any trips this year…. we’d have been in Italy in a fortnight’s time, and I can’t see England’s failure to contain COVID-19 meaning Spain will want to us as tourists later this year. Half hoping there might be a chance of getting to Nepal in the early winter, but that’s doubtful – and I’m not sure I’ll want to spend N hours in the recycled air of an aeroplane before trekking somewhere remote for X weeks.

In related travel news, I got an acknowledgement of my BA refund request, and my train ticket refunds are very, very slowly materialising. I’d have been in Wasdale this weekend for the LED fundraising weekend, and the coming bank holiday weekend was due to be the St Andrews Celebration. Oh well.

There are worse places to be.

Here are the photos from week 20.


Oh yeah.. we had our first bird-meets-window casualty this week. Phil disposed…

And the scampering mice are back in the roof.

The joys of the countryside!

Herefordshire Week 019: Tuesday 05 – Monday 11 May 2020

Shopping. Composting. Strolling. Mowing.

Falling down the Open Street Map rabbit hole…


It seems an age ago now, but last Tuesday, Phil and I walked over the Common to EH to post cards and top up milk supplies to tide us over to a Big Shop on Friday evening. Some of the cards were delivered on Wednesday – and, naturally, I’d only posted them second class…. No photos, but a lovely walk there and back.

Wednesday brought an early afternoon treat – Belated Birthday Box from Betty’s, sent by Sue! Who doesn’t want a couple of Fat Rascals turning up on their doorstep?!!!

Belated Birthday Betty's Box!
Belated Birthday Betty’s Box!

When we had a weekend in York a few years back – seems like another world – we were strolling around the city and saw the queue for the Betty’s there… 10am and it stretched all round the 2 sides of the shop …


A busy Bank Holiday on Friday.

I woke up early, to a magical misty morning. A preliminary trip to Thistly Field for photos of the dew decked dandelions and Grey Valley, then a walk along the lanes: Kerrys Gate – Riverdale – Footpath – Abbey Dore Court – Home. Then back down the hill to scoop up horse manure for the herb bed.

Misty morning, Grey Valley
Misty morning, Grey Valley
Misty morning, Grey Valley
Misty morning, Grey Valley
Dewy meadow, Riverdale
Dewy meadow, Riverdale
Morning! Sheep and birdsong, Riverdale (video, 11s)
Morning! Sheep and birdsong, Riverdale (video, 11s)

I spent the rest of the morning on the mower, and most of the early afternoon too. Splendidly satisfying. Stripes still need work….

Then Mission Shopping: this month’s tactical strike on Hereford Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Asda, then back via dad and Jean’s to drop off their essentials, and Lock’s Garage for eggs and – at last – bread flour!

Having managed to book a click & collect slot for 8pm-9pm… easily, it took most of the week for me to twig it was the VE Day Bank Holiday. That May Monday/VE 75th Anniversary Friday switcheroo caught me out. No complaints from me: Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Asda were as quiet as I’ve ever known them.


Our long awaited compost bin arrived on Wednesday, so we set that up on Saturday morning. Very satisfying!

We ARE The Good Life.

Compost pile meet compost bin
Compost pile meet compost bin

I spent most of the afternoon snoozing out on the lawn 🙂

I’m now putting the seedlings outside during the daytime but still keeping them in the conservatory overnight. This Guardian article was an interesting (and timely) read. Lots of fascinating science there.

Fingers crossed for lettuce and chillies, sunflowers and pumpkins, and marigolds.

Hardening off the seedlings
Hardening off the seedlings

Sunday was cold and very breezy. We turned on the fridge freezer, having moved all the tins / oats / nibbles etc into the kitchen cupboards. It’s been doubling up as our second larder and COVID-19 quarantine zone.

I planned to spend the rest of the day sorting through my photos from last November’s trip to Nepal and getting them up onto Flickr.

I’ve learned the hard way that the first step is always to prepare the data, polishing up my “Actual Itinerary” spreadsheet and getting the place names in English, and Nepali where possible, plus their altitude, to use for in descriptions and for tagging (I do love spreadsheets, remember). I then copy into a temporary tab where I add in some HTML columns, then copy and paste into my Photos & Notes blogpost as a basic draft.

You won’t see any new photos in my Flickr album yet though – my prep resulted in me falling headfirst in to the Open Street Map rabbit hole. The detail they have on their maps is extraordinary:


View Larger Map

So, as well as using the maps to finalise the place names (although I do have to rely more on Wikipedia and Google maps to get Nepali names)…

Nepal 2019 Trek Prep spreadsheet - Actual Itinerary tab (Screenshot)
Nepal 2019 Trek Prep spreadsheet – Actual Itinerary tab (Screenshot)

… I added a new tab into my trip spreadsheet to capture the longitude/latitude of (almost) all of the places we stopped at and many of those we passed through, and I’m going to have a go at creating a map in Excel following the instructions in this 4m video. I’ll use them to map my photos in Flickr too.

Nepal 2019 Trek Prep spreadsheet - Actual Itinerary - Map Data tab (Screenshot)
Nepal 2019 Trek Prep spreadsheet – Actual Itinerary – Map Data tab (Screenshot)

In the background, I had the BBC Radio 3 Sound Walk from Capel y Finn to Hay on Wye playing. Lovely, and  long – over 4 hours.


In the non-photo world:

COVID-19 and Sunday’s announcement on the first steps in lifting lockdown? I’m not convinced. I’m looking ahead week to week, and wondering how an office environment will function if we have to keep 2 m apart. The offices I work in, when I’m there, are on floors 7-24 of an office block. Given that people who work on the 1st floor usually take the lift to get there, rather than the stairs, how on earth the building managers will manage 2m spacing in the lifts while getting hundreds of people up to all 24 floors, I don’t know. Not that I’m planning to go into the office, and I suspect lots of others will feel the same. As for the bigger picture, the global economy, I’m not going there; I can’t influence it. I do wonder what the government will look like over the coming years. And then I shrug.

We “splashed out” on our first subscription telly service – to Now TV – and are watching Westworld. Sci Fi. VERY gory at times. The warnings make me laugh – bad language, sex but hardly ever mention the violence. Just because the violence is directed at extremely lifelike androids doesn’t make it feel any less violent to me, and it’s also extremely ironic given one of the main themes of the show – when do androids achieve consciousness? Or perhaps the US have a higher tolerance of violence? I suspect so.


Hmm, that’s a bit of a double glum tone to end on when all is well. It’s sunny and the breeze is gentle, so Phil and I are going to walk down to the Abbey. Here are the photos from week 19.