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Lost and found

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Earlier this month I was invited to the opening of two exhibitions at the Foundling Museum in London. (Click on the photos to view them larger.)

 Statue of Thomas Coram who established the Foundling Hospital in 1739 to care for babies at risk of abandonment.

I arrived early so wandered into Brunswick Square Gardens and read the information boards, I learned that in 1790 the Foundling Hospital lost their government funding and had to sell off part of their land to a property developer who built the surrounding terraced town-houses and the garden square. Another sign mentioned a sculpture of a lost mitten by Tracey Emin on the railing between the original hospital building which is now the museum and the modern Coram buildings, home of the children's charity today.  Tracey Emin's poignant 'lost mitten' sculpture.

The exhibition I'd looked forward to seeing was of Jackie Morris's original illustrations for The Lost Words, with poems by Robert Macfarlane. The book is…

Starting afresh

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I've been blogging for over 10 years (you can find my previous blog posts here) but over the past year I've posted less frequently ... my work routine and interests have changed and social media has moved on. Recently I've enjoyed posting photos taken on walks on my Instagram, although I can write a lengthy caption I can't include clickable links and I missed the narrative of a blog. So, instead of adapting my old blog I've stated afresh with Herbationes ... a word that's been hovering at the back of my mind since visiting Uppsala last summer.

Walking upstream beside the Stour Brook
By the way, if you click on the photographs you can view them at a larger size.

The first few weeks of 2018 have been buffeted by a series of storms, days have been short dark wet and windy. I've been waiting to start this blog but wanted to to begin with my local 'herbatione', walking and looking along a track that follows the Stour Brook upstream nearly to its source on…