Today’s Constitutional

I’m just reviewing the photographs taken on today’s constitutional, which was slightly longer than usual, taking in the churchyard of St. Ceinwen, Llsngeinwen with its slate tombs:-

Walking up the lane behind the church, there were Red Admirals frolicking:-

And we saw the mountains from a slightly different perspective:-


The Potato Smasher

I have been asked why on earth I wrote about our potato smasher and then deleted it shortly afterwards. The truth is that I was told I had done it before, which is extremely likely, because I love the object dearly and it gives me the utmost pleasure. But I’ve now searched my blog which is easy to do and can find no mention of the potato smasher or of potatoes at all. So here it is again in all its 1950s utilitarian glory :-



After three days of not being on the internet because the account on my dongle went kaput and didn’t seem at all straightforward to reconnect, we have been sent a brand new router by ee (Huawei, of course), ordered yesterday in Newcastle, arrived today and, lo and behold, we are already reconnected (thank you, Chris). What the episode has shown me, which I already half knew, is how terrifyingly dependent we all now are on the internet, perhaps especially at the moment: no shopping, no access to the London Library, no work on my book.

It’s been particularly ironic because the last section of the book I have been writing is the way that the internet has affected, if it has, the design of museums: the way that it has dethroned academic hierarchies and enabled visitors to find out information about objects and works of art on their phone without needing labels. I had assumed that there would be a big and obvious secondary literature on the way that the internet has changed attitudes to authority, but I haven’t yet found it.

Any help and suggestions would be much appreciated.


Tros-yr-Afon (2)

Romilly has pointed out that my photograph of the house at dusk could scarcely have been less helpful in showing the character and quality of the Onduline extension, so here’s a better one, taken yesterday while the sun was still shining:-