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I'm Nick Bailey
aka Nicholas Bailey

not this Nick Bailey:
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nor this Nick Bailey:
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neither am I Bill Bailey
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Celebrating 10 years of blogging

The Heaven Tree

With the new Content Management System (CMS) I made to help me improve this website I appear to have left the FaithBlog database unconnected leaving me unable to post (hence the Happy Easter message (below?) appearing in the main blog section. I'll connect this up at some point when I find an hour with little else to do (which is when?). I've also got plenty of other plumbing to see to as this front page currently looks a bit of a mess.

Yet again I've waffled on... all I'm meaning to do here is remind myself of a photographic project I want to attempt - or perhaps encourage others to attempt - which I found myself calling "The Heaven Tree". I will explain more later (and please nag me if I forget). but till then, I hope you all has as happy an Easter as I did - chatting for three days solid with my wonderful family+ - and all the best for this short week.
+ is Anne who is pretty much family.


Happy Easter

Celebrate, Jesus is risen!



I've accrued 6 plus ones for this website on google plus. I have to say a big thank you to you all. I have literally no idea who you all are. Google, despite their push to connect me to every other g+ user do not think it prudent that I know who plus ones's my site. But thank you.

In other follow-on news yesterday morning I joined the Histon And Impington Bicycle Club for their 9am Sunday ride. We took in 22 miles around Dry Drayton and even found two hills with one valley that could almost, through squinted eyes, look not too dissimilar to a flat version of the Cotswolds. Most interestingly the club chair spent a good few years cycling around the Cotswolds, so we were able to reminisce when I wasn't needing to slip stream him to keep up. He mentioned that he found the hills intimidating, which was fascinating as I find the flatness of East Anglia intimidating*. We made it back in time for me to be slightly late for church. But with 22 miles (35.4km) and an average speed of 18.7 mph (30.1 kph) I wasn't complaining. Rather enjoyable, during coffee after church I had a most lovely chat with an elderly gent who was a racer in his time and was also familiar with Cheltenham and the Cotswolds. I was overjoyed and so relieved when he let it slip out that, despite having lived in EA for 40 years, he still hates it. He remarked on his utter astonishment that some people really believe that the East is a stunning place to live. Nope. But like I say: *
*more on that story later.


Histon And Impington Bicycle Club

Last might a friend and I accidentally became founders of the re-established Histon and Impington Bicycle Club which will be returning to the local streets after it was disbanded following the First World War. Sitting in The Boot we discussed various aspects such as BC membership, ride organising and leadership, logos, club kit and club address: the pump next to the duck pond. The first inurgeral ride will take place this Sunday morning from 9 or 10 at the pump. Head along and find out more. Link to come when it's active.


spring breakfast

A whisper chilly for full enjoyment of breakfast alfresco. Have retreated indoors for a read of the paper.


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Edible Flowers

This subject was brought up on last week's Gardeners Question Time. Chris Beardshaw spoke up for the calendula, which I've enjoyed growing and often sprinkle over various dinners for added prettiness (the taste isn't really anything other than barely botanical). He also mentioned that you can consume all marigolds, so I'll be trying that out this year if any of my seeds decide to germinate. Presently the bare pots are a very grim picture. Interestingly this particular calendula happily flowered most of the winter and now that spring has come it's burst into life with renewed vigour.

 - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
last year

 - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
this year


Photo Browsing

I've just been quite impressed with Picasa. Again. I do believe it is the best app produced by Google and the one I trust the most (though saying that I have stopped all its facial recognition features). I was searching for an image of a dahlia that I had on my desktop. Couldn't remember if I had taken the photo or not (I would be quite impressed had it been one of mine) so I searched for "dahlia". Nothing much came up except a visit to the Anglesey Abbey Dahlia Garden. I decided to open the search up to simply "flower" looking for all my folders I'd perhaps named as such. Sure enough these showed up, but more than that - only the photos of flowers from those folders appeared. Slightly disconcerting as some folders I new to contain other photos which were not visible. I checked that the photos are still there, just the search term is contextual and showing me only the subjects I'm after. Cunning google. Cunning. I failed to find the target photo but saw this rather nice close up of a lily I took nearly 8 years ago.

 - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
Lily up close


Garden Company

On Saturday I found that our garden blackbird couple had two rather healthy fledgling chicks now larger than themselves. There was only a couple of scratty chick feathers to identify them as young. That and their insatiable appetite being practically force fed worms from my compost heap. A little later on the dad blackbird was seen introducing one chick to the skills of foraging their own food - he did some scratching in the ground then stood by and encouraged the chick to do the same. Then it got a bit weird and I lost track of the situation. I'm pretty sure dad introduced the chick to me as friend and 'occasional food provider tool'. From then on and the rest of today, I had the close company of this bird while I worked on my seedling nursery. I'm pretty sure it was still the chick and not mum blackbird (who spent most of last summer chatting me up), though as they do all look a bit similar (no offence) they could have interchanged. Either way, here are some shots of the little chap/ess who was with me all afternoon. I tried to teach her that my plant pots are not for digging worms out of, but I'm not convinced she got the message.

Garden Blackbird - Photo credit: Nick BaileyThe approach

Garden Blackbird - Photo credit: Nick BaileyThe learning

Garden Blackbird - Photo credit: Nick BaileyThe success

Garden Blackbird - Photo credit: Nick BaileyThe getaway


Cherry Blossom

I met up with Su for lunch in the Botanical Gardens and found this cherry blossom just going over creating this stunning petal carpet. It reminded us of out visit to Kew Gardens two years ago. I've been planting some cherry trees in the garden to form a hedge and hope next year to get some blossom for the first time (I'm not even sure you can make a hedge from cherry trees). These photos taken with my new Moto G - not a great camera but I'm not displeased with the results.

Cherry Blossom at Cambridge Botanical Gardens - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
Cherry Tree in Blossom

Cherry Blossom at Cambridge Botanical Gardens - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
Close up of the blossom

Cherry Blossom at Cambridge Botanical Gardens - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
Su in soft focus


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