about JohnH

Sorted, fit. Current activities are photography, hiking, motorbiking, music, geology/geoscience, dinner-at-home, travel and more.

White van man John

I’m basically a Two wheels Good - Four wheels Bad person but this weekend has been an exception, renting a white van was an exigent to bring back my share of the family heirlooms from my Mother’s bungalow in Gloucestershire. That was a Toyota Proace 1.6l, 6-speed panel white van, an interesting experience to drive: the ride is higher so the view is good. Pedals a bit heavy (would be fine wearing boots) and the steering a bit vague compared to a small car. The hand-brake is on the opposite hand to the gear stick and there’s no rear-view mirror in the centre of the windscreen. Flashy females driving posh 4WD Chelsea Tractors give way meekly and it really does turn out that white vans are nice to each other, making space and generally being polite on the road. Food for thought; a van like that would transport a sports motorbike, for example to a summercamp, and it wasn't so awful to drive and park either.

 

2016 Christmas card

Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2017 to you.

Some of the highlights of another full year.

First day at UCL

Update: I withdrew from UCL at the end of the second week. I'm very disappointed but the course hasn't worked for me in many ways.

Freshly printed undergraduate pass in hand, my fresher selfie in the quad at University College London. This shot had to be a real selfie, ie taken myself with the camera held out at arm’s length. Note the brand new UCL hoodie too.

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Mason bees in my garden in Hammersmith

My mason bees pollinating apple tree blossom on my patio in Hammersmith, West London. Lime tree not yet in flower.

Mason Bees in their cocoons in my garden

The inside of the nesting box I have for solitary bees (Mason Bees, Osmia rufa) for my garden. They’re not hive bees, as in honey bees, but are good pollinators, hence my improved fruit crops last year. Each tube is a cocoon housing a hibernating bee, there are about a dozen more in the large release tube top left, to which I have added another twenty.

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