Cook, walk, garden, scan…

MapReading1946TheBigForestBlogWell its Bank Holiday weekend. Yay! For our American readers the August Bank Holiday is sort of Labor Day weekend British stylee. A mark of the end of summer, the last chance to do summer jobs and make summer trips, a moment before the kids go back to school – big collective sigh of relief on that last point. We are mixing outdoor painting and gardening with cooking (Walnut, raisin and date bread – might post the recipe as its fantastic) and some ‘where did I put that bear’ organising for TheBigForest.

Regular readers will recall we had a computer melt down a couple of months back and we finally saved up the pennies and bought a replacement  scanner for negatives and ordinary scans and a new monitor (which I havent calibrated for Photoshop yet – are the images murky? Agggh!). To celebrate leaving the exhausting world of ‘work arounds’ here is an image, scanned on our super new Epson V550Photo, we particularly love.

He looks like he might be called Stanley or Arthur doesn’t he. All round good chap. We were talking about traditional sandwich fillings yesterday (pretty high-powered on the intellectual front here in the forest) and Stan definitely has some egg and cress or cheddar and tomato homemade bread sandwiches and a thermos of tea in his ‘rucker’ (aka rucksack).

Right we are going skipping and hopping into a sunny garden. Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. Wherever you are in the world.


Image: Map Reading for the Countrygoer. Copyright. The Ramblers Association. Illustrator Donald Foster. 1946




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  1. Happy Bank Holiday…we will be celebrating Labor Day next week.

  2. Yes, Stanley/Arthur looks like quite the traditional Brit–I’m sure he’ll be enjoying the traditional sandwich fillings! You enjoy yours, too!

    • Ha! We will :). The conversation came about because its difficult to get anything but exotic fillings now in our local deli However we can’t be alone in hankering after the taste of the 1970’s and 80’s!

  3. Mmm–a cheddar and tomato sandwich on homemade bread sounds pretty good! Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend.

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