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A visit to Minorca Opencast Mine, Measham, Leicestershire, The National Forest, 20th November 2013

Minorca Opencast Mine

From Measham to Leicester on the back road, you pass the mine's bund, a newly turfed embankment on a grand scale, like a whale which has swum up the Thames and got stranded. Week by week mounds of soil appear and change shape: we have, temporarily, a rusty brown Arizonian backdrop to the lovely Swepstone church.

Halo thinning in Martinshaw Wood

Halo Thinning

We were out in the woods recently. Some of us get out a lot, and some of us don't. But we escaped the office and met Ian Frogatt of the Woodland Trust to look at how the Trust is looking after Martinshaw Wood, visible from the M1 in Leicestershire.

A pooping blog

Dog mess sign

"I'd like to be an Astronaut." When I gave this response to the careers advisor at school, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had a lot to answer for.

Garden of Imagination

Calke Abbey

I took my hot sticky self to Calke Abbey the other day to see their new Garden of Imagination.