Logs for the Woodstove – stacked by Tony Sargeant against the wall (see previous post)



A good double row of logs neatly stacked which will be covered later to keep them dry (see previous post). It is much cheaper to buy logs by the load like this than as single sacks, but it does mean you have to have somewhere to store them: And the energy to stack them (this took Tony three hours of stacking – and a somewhat sore back at the end – but very satisfying – one is reminded of Tolstoy). These logs are cut and stored in a barn for some months on a local Shropshire Estate before delivery so dry enough to burn well without needing the expense of kiln drying (the green bag is for the small bits of kindling left after larger logs have been stacked).


Logs for the Woodstove – or – Recipe for a Bad Back!



Delivered just after Christmas the logs were dumped on the driveway of the Shropshire home of Tony Sargeant. It is fortunate to live in a wooded part of the country with plenty of wood around and so relatively cheap. It does however take time and energy to stack and cover them – hence the bad back the next day. See the next post for the uncovered stack.

The Lobster that was Christmas Eve Dinner – Handsome or what?


A wonderfully fresh and perfectly cooked (boiled) lobster that Anthony Sargeant prepared for Christmas Eve dinner. Easy to prepare and when properly cooked can be used as the basis for any number of dishes.


This lobster was bought from Barkworths, an outstanding fishmonger in the Indoor market in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It was cooked as that great retro-dish ‘Lobster Thermidor’. In the next post the lobster has been cut in half ready to extract the flesh.

‘Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness’ – Dawn in Shropshire, England



Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph from the bedroom window of his Shropshire home on 28th September 2017 at 6.38 am. Wonderful English changing seasons – variety and beauty though short winter days will soon arrive – the compensation will be the translucency of the landscape as the deciduous trees drop their leaves.

Tits on the bird feeders in a Shropshire Garden



Anthony Sargeant tried to photograph the large groups of tits that are feeding in the garden of his Shropshire home at the moment (9th September 2017). But as he set the camera up on a tripod in his bedroom window they disappeared leaving just these three. At some times there have been more than nine at any one time – presumably they are feeding up for the winter to come. Do they know something about the coming winter that we do not?

Tulips – cut flowers in a vase – full-blown and about to die



Photographed in the conservatory of the Shropshire home of Anthony J Sargeant in 2010 these wonderful tulips spreadeagled and full blown in their vase were about to die – this was their last glorious flourish before the end to which we must all reconcile ourselves.

Wonderful Shropshire Countryside


Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph during an early morning bike ride along the Shropshire lanes close to his Home. In the distance is the Brown Clee Hill with mist still clinging to the fields below the top. The sun just clearing the horizon at 5.42am sends shafts of gold onto the field beyond the gate (27th August 2017, Shropshire, England)

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