Monthly Archives: June 2012

Turn left at the interesting hedge…

I’m going to visit my friends Alice and Pete in Cambridge this weekend. Alice has sent me some directions to their house, and I note it has reached the stage where people include interesting hedges in their directions for me – which makes perfect sense to me. So Alice has sent me this interesting hedge which I will pass on the way to their house if I manage to follow the directions correctly.

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Humbie hedges

This series of pictures was sent by my mum, it’s various views of the rural hedgerows near to Humbie in East Lothian. With a frame effect, just to be fancy:


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Idler talk postponed

Sorry, the Idler have asked if we can postpone this talk – hopefully we will be able to rearrange it to another day a bit later on. Apologies for the inconvenience to anyone who has tickets, I’m sure they will be refunding these.

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Idler Academy – talking about hedges tonight – tickets available

I’ll be at the Idler Academy from 6.30 tonight, giving a short talk about the history of British hedges – if anyone feels like coming along there will be tickets available on the door. It’s at 81 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH.


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Guess the animal – sidestreet topiary hedge in Hammersmith

I used to work in Hammersmith on the Fulham Palace Road, and often walked past this rather lovely hedge down one of the side streets. I put a picture of it in the book and one of Miki’s colleagues showed it to her – it is her creation so she got in touch with me.

She’s sent me these up to date pictures of the hedge. Still not sure what animal it is but my current bet is a Scottie dog – Miki assures me it is still a work in progress, so it’s one to keep an eye on.

Edit: Miki tells me: “a Scottie it is….my¬†favourite aunt / relative always had Scotties and this is for her. She was a French resident but bought her Scotties here in England due to inbreeding in France. I can’t get the Scottie square jaw quite right and the ‘coat’ is thinning at the side. ¬†Ah well…”


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Idler Academy – talking about hedges

I’ll be at the Idler Academy next Wednesday the 20th June, to talk about hedges and answer any questions anyone has. Will look forward to seeing who comes along.

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Incredible Edible Todmorden – what a great idea

I’m very impressed by the Incredible Edible initiative in Todmorden (and elsewhere), where they are planting food in public places for anyone to eat. Well worth a look at their website.

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