- A blog written by a perennial enthusiast


Saturday 21 April 2018

I saw that a line of thunderstorms was crossing the English Channel and heading our way. I thought I would try to capture some drama, and lightning, with my camera and hoped to catch a storm approaching over the Isle of Wight and crossing the Solent. I parked the car at the top of the beach in Lepe Country Park, set the camera up and loved the sense of impending doom as the sky darkened, the wind rose and the waves grew.

Snow, Ice and Thaw

Saturday 3 March 2018

After several days of bitterly cold winds, warmer, moister air started to move in from the South on Thursday, resulting in heavy snow. This area has any snowfall, on average, for less than 4 days a year and snow on the ground maybe once or twice in a winter, so this much snow is unusual. We had a little freezing rain on Thursday night and Friday too. This occurs when rain falls (because the temperature at cloud height is too warm for snow) but then freezes as it falls through colder air nearer the ground.

The Beast from the East

Tuesday 27 February 2018

It’s 10:30 in the morning and the air temperature has just risen to freezing, from a low of -3.7C at dawn. That’s unusually cold for our location, but it’s not even the lowest temperature this winter (that was -4.7C on 8th February). We saw snow falling several times yesterday, but there is nothing on the ground and the sun is shining right now. Despite this, the media is full of stories about “The Beast from the East”.

Finding a Static Home

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Having decided to move from Wordpress to a static site, I had to find a generator. I don’t know enough, and have not explored enough, to have an informed opinion, but I will write about my particular experiences and try to explain why I am choosing to use Hugo What a Static Site Generator Does In theory it’s simple. The generator works through a series of folders on my local machine and parses the files it finds into a different series of folders and files that make a web site.

A New Blog

Friday 19 January 2018

Wordpress I have used Wordpress for many years. If you don’t know, it’s a popular system (a content management system or cms) that lives on a web server and makes publishing a web site (especially a blog) much easier. There’s a “back end” you can log into, which shows you pages that allow you to set up the site and its appearance and which let you create content. It’s a bit like using a word processor until you hit the “publish” key.

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