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    High Weald wander (part 1)

    Another long walk, this time on the Kent - East Sussex border, looking for one hop farm and other (more famous) former hop gardens, produced plenty of interesting things to look at.
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    As previously mentioned, this is what I try to...

    As previously mentioned, this is what I try to do, but just adding a 'Date taken' field to be entered when uploading a photograph (even if only approximate in the case of older pictures) would seem...
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    Spoiler alert: art!

    I got rather side-tracked over the weekend with the ArtUK site which aims to display all the artworks in public collections across our 'united' kingdom.

    You can now 'curate' your own collection...
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    Quite, but they still have some interest, so I am...

    Quite, but they still have some interest, so I am approving but generally suppressing them from the front page where the decoration and/or signage has obviously changed in the meantime.

    However,...
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    For the bold!

    Assuming the answer is 'yes' (which is a really big assumption in present circumstances...), there is a lot of good stuff (not all directly from the Marston's PR department) in this document...
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    Personal favourite for mix of proper science as well as entertainment value: Professor Heinz Wolff.
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    Some interesting differences (part 3)

    The "oast on a nearby farm" mentioned yesterday is here (if you look closely...):
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    Most obviously, you can see the two traditional white cowls mounted - rather incongruously - atop an...
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    I was dubious at first, thinking that this would...

    I was dubious at first, thinking that this would be merely spin and hype from the Marston's PR team, but there is actually a lot in interesting information in here (including if you are thinking of...
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    Some interesting differences (part 2)

    The hops shown in yesterday's post are taken to an oast on a nearby farm which also has its own hop gardens, with the ones visible from another footpath in the neighbouring parish also using the...
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    No, it's not!

    No, it's not!
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    So, when the music stopped, the parcel marked...

    So, when the music stopped, the parcel marked 'Youngs' was in the lap of some chap from Copenhagen?
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    Some interesting differences (part 1)

    Another fine (if windy) evening, so after work we set off on a quest to find some more hops, and ending up seeing far more things to note than initially expected.
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    Firstly, these hops...
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    Historic oast

    If you have bought a Westerham Brewery bottle in a National Trust gift shop (or the same beers from elsewhere), the hops were almost certainly dried in this imposing traditional oast that sits above...
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    Heritage hops

    Since it was such wonderful weather, we went for a trek after finishing work to find another operational hop farm, first seen from a distance and then getting increasingly close.
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    Thank you - another mystery solved!

    Thank you - another mystery solved!
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    Old school

    On our way to find the modern "hop processing facility" and newly planted hop garden on Sunday, we cycled round a loop to find another hop grower in another parish a few miles away.
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    Optimism?

    BBC News: Coronavirus: Pubs call time on two metre rule.
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    Progress?

    Built by the same outfit that has just planted yesterday's new hop garden, this huge "hop processing facility" (which I think is Euro-babble the funding bodies wanted instead of "oast" on the sign)...
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    The newest hop garden...

    Spurred on by Wittenden's report, we cycled out in the appropriate direction to try to find the newly planted hop garden. Just when we thought we must have somehow missed it, here is what we found....
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    A fine example

    We've had a picture of this 2½-storey oast before (see the first picture in post #122), but that really doesn't do the place justice, so here are another couple of views (taken on another Boris walk...
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    Blimey! I know that the coronavirus has changed...

    Blimey! I know that the coronavirus has changed things beyond imagination, but I'm really starting to worry now...
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    A miscellany of roofs (or should that be rooves?)

    So what do we have here?
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    One square oast with a cowl? Yes. Two cowl-less roundels with what looks like shingle-clad conical roofs? Sort of. And another cowl-less square kiln? Not quite......
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    Speculation

    From the Morning Advertiser: Scaled down social distancing ‘might just save’ pubs.
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    That's a stage I've never seen in my 'x' decades,...

    That's a stage I've never seen in my 'x' decades, although I know that the only active hop growers near home have replanted their various gardens on a cyclic basis, usually with one lying fallow for...
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    Perspective...

    This oast is unusually located at the top of quite a steep hill, close by The Bull Inn at Linton which has a spectacular view over an 'amphitheatre' of orchards from its rear beer garden.
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