Author: Mark Newton
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.
Do try this at home.
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.
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.
A very cool launch at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for The Lowest Heaven anthology. It tied in nicely with the fabulous Visions of the Universe exhibition, which had me in a kind of ten-year-old awe. Great to meet loads of new and old faces. Better write-ups here and here. Thanks to Jared and Anne!
Things like this remind me just how amazing the planet is.