Author: Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.
23Jun

Allotment Update

Allotment 1
Greenhouse
Only now am I happy about the state of the allotment. It’s been a lot of work to get it to this stage, and there’s plenty more to do, but if you hit the allotment tag and go back, you’ll see how much we’ve done. The family popped over yesterday, and my mother was a weeding ninja. This weekend: nets over the cabbages, carrots thinned out, lettuce and sprouts planted, beans fixed to the wigwams, and lots of other little jobs as well.

21Jun

Tor UK Authors @ Pan Macmillan Summer Party

Tor Authors
This was taken on Monday night, when Pan Macmillan held their summer party. The photo was stolen shamelessly from my editor’s Facebook page. Left to right, Paul Cornell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Julie Crisp (our editor), Adam Nevill, me and Peter F. Hamilton. A fantastic night and great to chat to folk who work very hard behind the scenes. There were a few bits of gossip, too, none of which I can share.

17Jun

Westbury Court

Window
Original
Pavilion
Bees in the herb garden
The oldest holm oak in England
A rare Dutch water garden, in the West Country. That oak tree at the bottom is the oldest evergreen oak in England.

Also seen this weekend, but not pictured, were several wild boar piglets rooting around the forest floor – the first time I’ve seen them. Interestingly they have a profound effect on our forests, and improve the ecosystem immensely.