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What the f*** is an Arboretum?

All roads lead to... arboretum?
All roads lead to… arboretum?

It’s summer time and that means it’s the season for my department to go on it’s annual walk around the Surrey countryside. Last year we went through the Surrey hills, but this year was a little different…

Starting off at the university, the aim was to walk to Winkworth Arboretum, a good walk along the River Wey, and through the trees and fields around Milford and Godalming. It took over three hours in the hot summer sun to make it to the arboretum, but it was well worth it!

Winkworth Arboretum
Winkworth Arboretum – This picture really doesn’t do it justice

An arboretum, pronounced are-bore-ree-tum, not arr-bee-tor-ee-um as I had originally thought, is essentially a botanical garden, but with trees instead of plants and flowers – which basically means, it’s massive. We spent probably an hour walking around and still had barely scratched the surface of this place. I have to go back because some of the views were just stunning, and I hear it really comes into it’s own during spring and autumn.

If it’s a sunny day and you fancy a bit of a trek, or want to cycle, you can’t go far wrong with visiting this place a few miles south of Guildford.

Winkworth Arboretum is run by the National Trust, and an entrance fee applies. There is a small coffee shop and toilets at the entrance which, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find to be a sweet reward for all your hard work getting there.

Hannover Cure

My wonderful friend and actress Sophie is currently touring all over northern Germany performing three different plays to children in German schools. While she was in Hannover I thought it was the perfect opportunity to visit.

We followed the tourist trail around town, playfully dubbed ‘the red thread’, and sampled the nightlife while watching England’s first World Cup match. Overall a wonderful 4 days of banter, and a welcome break from the stresses of research.

You can read about Sophie’s adventures over on her blog, “Wherefore Art Thou Fromeo?”.

Back to Flickr

If you have a keen eye then you might notice that the way photos are displayed on the blog has changed to look at bit cooler and modern-like. That’s because I’ve moved all the photos from this blog onto my Flickr account, https://www.flickr.com/photos/thegrayscale/.

Ever since last May when Yahoo! announced the revamp of Flickr, including increasing the maximum free storage space to 1 TB, I’ve been tempted to start putting all my photos on there – I mean, just look at how cool it is! The photos are displayed in a new resizey-tiley way (technical term) and kept in the original size when you upload them, so it kind of acts as a backup if you ever need to get them again.

I want to start putting a lot more photos on Flickr, mainly because I’m starting to slowly phase Facebook out of my life and I want somewhere on-line that has all my photos so I can see them anywhere. And 1TB of space will allow me to do that. I mean, 1TB is about 300,000 12-megapixel photos… and that’s a lot of photos! Even my dad doesn’t take that many photos.

So, in conclusion, Flickr is pretty and therefore my blog is prettier. If you use Flickr you can add me as a friend, I feel very lonely on this one man island :(

Until next time x

Barcelona and London Aquarium

Back in cold January I spent a very brief weekend in Barcelona visiting a close friend. It was incredible.

Not as far from home, a day trip to the London Aquarium for a friend’s birthday gave me the opportunity to try out my new lens photographing Nemo.

I’m very busy with my PhD at the moment, hence the lack of updates, but it’s going well and I’ll give a proper update as soon as I can!

Barcelona Pictures Coming Soon

Hello,

Last weekend I went to Barcelona :) Only being there for 48 hours meant a lot had to be crammed into a very short time! We visited the beach, castle, palace and famous Sagrada Familia. Needless to say we also sampled plenty from the local cuisine, including tapas and sangria which we had to source from mulitple vendors just to make sure we were getting a fair flavour of what was around :P

Sunday was a particularly gorgeous day, and standing atop the highest point in Parc Guell we got a magnificent panoramic view across the city and to the Mediterranean beyond…

Panorama

More pictures coming soon!

Favourite Photos From 2013

When I decided to write this post I didn’t realise quite how many new and wonderful places I’d visited in the last year. Japan in March to Dresden in December, as well as the Grand Prix, 2013 really was a superb year. Click on any of the photos to get a closer look.

A Summer in Lost Photographs

Today I want to walk you through some of the amazing times I had over the summer using photographs you haven’t seen before… let us begin…

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Like so many good summer’s this one started with the end of the University year. Tradition is to go down to the lake on campus, have drinks and be merry with friends. The picture tells the rest of the story pretty well.
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Will “drying off” after going on the wettest log flume ever at Drayton Manor theme park. We went there for the day with his sister and my sister because the canal goes right past the entrance! That first boat trip of the summer was amazing and provided much needed time off to relax.
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Will and I being our usual stupid selves on one of the rides!
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This was the summer that started me going to Schism rock club in Woking. The first Friday of every month is a rock/metal night which lots of our friends attend. Great atmosphere!
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The first social organised by the committee of the Postgraduate Society was a Games Night in Wates House pub on campus. To our surprise, over 30 people showed up! It was a great success!
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Ankur and I attended Grad Ball. A bitter sweet affair since it was the last time I’ve seen a lot of my friends who were graduating. But an amazing night, my favourite Grad Ball ever! And I’ve been to 5 now…
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A photo of Ankur and I from a stall making mock movie posters at Grad Ball. Ankur makes a very attractive princess Leia!
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Picnic in Richmond Park! Lots of climbing trees, eating cous-cous and chasing deer. How middle-class of us.
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Boat Trip number 2! Only a weekend this time, but despite the injuries, everyone had a huge laugh! Highlights include eating wild boar sausages, randomly going to a rock club in Wolverhampton and playing the Ukulele for everyone :)
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My 24th birthday was just a massive party! Hiring a room at the local church in London and having 30 friends eat and drink the night away! Here’s one of my presents, very awesome!
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Bristol! The home of ALL THE CIDER! Great catching up with friends and seeing a city I’ve never visited before! I just wish Guildford had this much choice of cider… although maybe it’s for the best.
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The Postgraduate Society stall at Freshers Fayre! We got over 150 sign-ups in one afternoon! The year is going to be big!
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Our first Meet & Greet for new Postgrads took me by surprise when over 30 people showed up! We made it work though, can’t wait for the next one!

So that’s just a small snippet of the last few months, we haven’t even touched on the random nights out to Tickled Ivory, or the Comedy Nights at The Stoke, or the many trips to the cinema, or seeing Jamiroqui live, or trips to Cambridge… the list goes on! It’s been a seriously great summer! And lots to look forward to going into the last few months of the year :)

Stay classy x