January Meeting: Talk by Rob Jacobs “Miss Havergill and Waterperry herbaceous borders”

At our very well-attended January meeting (52 people), we welcomed Rob Jacobs, the garden manager at Waterperry Gardens who gave us an interesting talk on Waterperry’s  herbaceous borders together with lots of hints for our own gardens.  Rob also gave us an insight into the philosophy of the famous Beatrix Havergill in the days of Waterperry Horticultural College of which she was the founder.  A lively discussion with social tea and chat followed Rob’s talk and we were very  pleased to welcome some new members.


Walking – January 2018

Long Walk 3rd January led by Chris Mansfield

After lots of heavy rain over Christmas and New Year and damaging winds overnight, ten of us met at The Shoulder of Mutton, Wendover not sure what to expect. As it was, the winds had died down, there was no more rain and we even had glimpses of the sun. We set off at 9.30 to walk down through the town and then out along a path by the clock tower, soon leaving it to follow a muddy path leading us to Hale Road and then on into Hale Lane to reach a forestry footpath uphill into Wendover Woods. We climbed steadily through the woods, later gaining a contour path giving good views over Wendover and the surrounding countryside before reaching a wide track on top leading us to the car park and toilets. Continue reading Walking – January 2018


People, Aperture, Exposure and ISO

At todays meeting members displayed another great crop of photographs on the subject of People. It was interesting to see a number of photographs taken on mobile phones and compact cameras, providing evidence again that you don’t have to be using heavy metal to take good shots.

The skills session was on the available exposure modes – Fully Auto, Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. We discussed what the modes meant, and when you might want to use them.

Notes relating to this skills session (and many other topics) can be found on our More about Photography page.


January meeting – talk by Timothy Walker “Sex, Lies and Putrefaction”

We were delighted that Dr Timothy Walker, former Director of Oxford University Botanic Gardens and BBC 4 TV presenter, was our speaker at our January meeting.  It was the third time that Timothy had visited us and again his talk was excellent.  Intriguingly entitled “Sex, Lies and Putrefaction”, Timothy described the wonderful pollination strategies of a huge variety of plants from around the world and their importance to not only the plants themselves but also to the survival of the animal kingdom including human beings.  Superb slides with a fascinating, informative commentary and comments delivered in Timothy’s inimitable amusing style, brightened a dull, dreary January afternoon.   We very much look forward to a return visit in the near future.


The Special Theory of Relativity, Part 2 – Mass, Energy & Space / Time – Richard Jones

Richard’s presentation on Special Relativity Part 2 began where Part 1 ended, looking at the experience of a person travelling at relativistic speeds. The visual effects are aberration of light from stars around a spacecraft, the Doppler shift and the so-called searchlight effect. The twin paradox of unequal ageing of travellers was briefly mentioned but this is properly in the domain of General Relativity. Continue reading The Special Theory of Relativity, Part 2 – Mass, Energy & Space / Time – Richard Jones


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