Sometime almost exactly a year ago we had the side fence between our house and the neigbour’s replaced. We’ve no idea how old it was but it had been getting more and more dilapidated and finally started to fall over. We got a couple of quotes, OK’d it with the neighbour, and a recommended fencing tradesman came with his assistant and replaced it.
They started work in the morning at around 7.
Following on from my last writeup of the arbitrary bike path closures by the LXRA, on top of this week’s confusion about when “early May” expires so the bike path will re-open, I got some new information about the next closure! Or is it just a continuation of the current closure?
[2018-03-02 Fri] surprise closure, no sign The Station trail bike path had only been open for just over a week, after the previous three month closure, today it was closed.
This afternoon I decided to detour on the ride home, to head south down to Clayton to check out the progress on the Skyrail viaduct, then ride home along the the bike path to get a better look at the newly opened – or is it nearly opened – bike path through Huntingdale now that the redevelopment there is nearly complete.
Almost at Huntingdale station the path runs between the car park and the feeder loop from North road around into Huntindale road.
For five years or more we’ve lived alongside the railway line, the tracks are 10m from our side fence, and just outside our fence at the front is a small thicket of cypress trees, apparently planted by a previous occupant of the house two or three decades ago. In our back garden is a very large bay laurel that overhangs the fence and grows about 3m out over the railway land.
Reading Spiky stars of summer’s golden gang – about the goldfinches and the gorse – in the Guardian’s Country Diary section reminded me of the gorse thicket along the railway line to the east of Huntingdale station. It even had the occasional small flock of goldfinch that would fly out, calling in alarm, pink pink pink, as I rode past.
I’d seen it for years from the bike path, a 2m high near impenetrable thicket, encased on all sides by chainlink fences, but with a broken-down gate and torn fence sections allowing access for the dumping of stolen goods and fly-tipped household rubbish.
I think I’m in favour of the end product, but I know for sure I’m not in favour of the process. Kafka, Stalin, Murphy and the three Stooges seem to be behind the public consultation and information. Along the way I made a public submission to the LXRA – Level Crossing Removal Authority – that of course received no specific reply. I tried asking specific questions in person, via email and via twitter, they all seem to vanish.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.