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The Blog of Life

Sunset Walk

Due to a late nap, late working by me and thus a late dinner we decided to go for a little walk after eating to help digestion of a massive quantity of watermelon. We walked past the church and to the secret Elm wood catching the last rays of the sun. I made a mad climb of the ancient tree which was nearly a mistake before we emerged into the freshly ploughed fields to the west of the village. In the end we walked all the way round the field and then home with the little guy also walking the entire way (other than a few swings on the arm). We were amazed and well impressed. As we reached home the stars were out and the calm evening cooling. A lovely time.


Bedtime is Changing

His bedtime behaviour changed tonight. This time, rather than coming out and waiting for me to walk him back into bed (from where I'm sitting which is on the chairs on the landing) he came out, told me to read a book and that he was "planning" (whatever that meant), then he walked back into his room. This happened a couple of times, first time he brought me Horrible Histories to read, and then he selected Noma Chomsky's Power Systems. But each time he wondered back into bed on his own and eventually didn't come out after his last time popping his head round the door just to confirm he, or possibly I, was definitely doing the "planning". It is so glorious to watch him grow and develop like he is, even though each of these little steps is tinged with sadness.


Ten Years Barefoot

I see my blog from 10 years ago today and I was recovering from a migraine on a Sunday evening and decided to go for a wonder on Southampton Common. Today, a decade later I was wondering through Histon hughstreet making my way to the park with my son. Both of us were barefoot. Lovely.


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Blackberry Fermenting Progress

Here are the first two batches of blackberry wine. It seems that the blackberries are out super early this year which is really exciting to see. In fact after putting the little guy to bed one night this week I was able to get out for an hours picking still in the light. It was a lovely refreshing experience, reminded me of the freedom of my Soton days. I've handled these two batches differently, on the right is my usual bread yeast, while on the right I'm trying a natural wild yeast ferment which I created by essentially making a blackberry starter - mushed blackberries and waited for it to fizz. It seems there is some visual difference between the two ferments, with the wild jar having more lees appearing in the base where as the bread yeast seems somewhat clearer. Sadly, despite my best attempts, I yet again failed to not have an explosion - the bread yeast popped over night leaving a pool of wasted juice on the counter this morning. Thankfully I didn't loose much and also didn't paint the ceiling like I did last year.

Fermenting Blackberry Wine. © Nick Bailey


Are We Living in a Simulation

I'll try and voice this thought, but don't expect it to make a whole lot of sense right now. It relates to a recent broadcast/podcast of The Infinite Monkey Cage on the subject of "Are We Living in a Simulation". This particular subject has had a bit of a resurgence lately it seems, also coming up in Hello Internet and I think also on BBC Click. But this particular discussion got very much into faith territory in a way I wasn't expecting.

Basically, as far as I can tell from my first listening (which was conducted whilst picking blackberries for wine making) they proved the existence of God in all but name. Either that, or they made the case for life being ENTIRELY pointless in a way I had never considered before and as such the belief in a God was so much more attractive than the belief in no God. It was this stark choice between hope and total hopelessness. As Phill Jupitus put it, you might as well literally go berserk because simply nothing matters. Gone was that nice Humanist side of Atheism, this was pure empty pointless hell.

Like I say, only listened once and need to listen again now that some of the swirling confusion has subsided, so perhaps I'll have more coherent thoughts later on. I'm also considering running a Histon Methodist Youthish (name still to be worked out) evening session on this cast so I'll definitely need to re-listen in preparation for that.


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