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    A hop picking machine shed

    Of course, hops are no use until they are plucked from the harvested bines - initially done by hand out in the hop garden but later by machine inside anonymous sheds such this.
    2015 2016
    The cut...
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    Never been there, and it's widely held to be a...

    Never been there, and it's widely held to be a complete fake... and looking at the old maps it appears to have been an area or terraced buildings backing onto Howarth's Court in the mid-19th century...
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    Changing perspectives

    BF got me thinking about how many oasthouses there are within a (vaguely plausible) walking distance of home, and on an initial count I found that I had photographed over 30 on my 'Boris walks' over...
  4. Thread: Corona Quiz 01

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    My favourite train nickname is for the Class 66...

    My favourite train nickname is for the Class 66 (just the mention of which will probably cause steam-age gricers to have apoplexy, but surely the most successful locomotive of all time...) - this can...
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    And here are the promised hops...

    Yesterday, I promised some pictures of another working hop garden, so here they are (and the growth starting to show can be compared with the pictures in post #117).
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    Sunset over the orchards

    Actually, as a bonus, I'll put the sunset pictures up as well!
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    An 'American oast'

    I was going to put up some pictures from another working hop garden, but the sunset over the orchards on the way back was so splendid I changed my plan... and then Wittenden goes and mentions...
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    I've stayed there too, and once was enough!

    I've stayed there too, and once was enough!
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    (Almost) hidden in plain sight

    Many oasts are naturally found in amongst other farm buildings, meaning that they can be difficult to photograph even if quite close to a road or a footpath, with sometimes just the cowl and part of...
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    Home from home!

    Once a familiar sight in these parts, a row of hoppers' huts where families of hop pickers (traditionally from East London) came to stay for a few weeks each autumn to earn some much-needed extra...
  11. Thread: pubs galore bar

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    The drought is broken! 1984 Turns out I was...

    The drought is broken!
    1984
    Turns out I was this local brewery's first ever online buyer, happening to check their part-updated website just as the new 'shop' went live...
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    Got annoyed by a pub once and put on the Dead...

    Got annoyed by a pub once and put on the Dead Kennedys - "Holiday on Cambodia", left quickly, never been back!
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    The Germans must have a word for getting satisfaction from small things...

    When the village club still had a decent sound system to go with the jukebox, I always tried to get these on as the last two songs on a Friday evening:
    Doors - "LA Woman" (great value for money to...
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    12th birthday: Rod Stewart - "Reason to Believe"...

    12th birthday: Rod Stewart - "Reason to Believe" / "Maggie May" (class, albeit by accident)

    1st single: Dave & Ansell Collins - "Double Barrel" (same year, and I'm still quite proud of that one!)
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    Some odd buildings

    Here are two unusual buildings, or the remains of one in the first instance, which was once a tin shed with a stove that was used for heating pitch, tar or whatever black borderline carcinogen they...
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    Age is just a number? Quite a big number!

    Age is just a number? Quite a big number!
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    ... and here are some roundel oasthouses

    Talking of which, here are two examples of slightly older oasts with a pair or round (roundel) kilns, the first one a fine symmetrical example but the second having windows inserted into the conical...
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    Me too, except for places 'offering' table...

    Me too, except for places 'offering' table service where I resolutely remain at the counter (and pocket my own gratuity) or in the more up-themselves gastro-pubs when I can't be bothered with the...
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    Things must be getting serious - we spent almost...

    Things must be getting serious - we spent almost the whole day in the garage, sorting / tidying / clearing out, a task so tedious that we can only have considered doing it as distraction therapy!
  20. Thread: pubs galore bar

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    Re-live the old days in the comfort of your own...

    Re-live the old days in the comfort of your own home, with all you need still available here: Biddenden ciders!
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    In the mid-19th century, when many Kent oasts...

    In the mid-19th century, when many Kent oasts were built, there was a theory (largely later debunked) that round kilns were better because you got even drying all around rather than having cooler...
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    Out for the daily exercise on another fine evening

    Here are a couple of larger oasts - one with an evolutionary arrangement of three square kilns but the second nearby has a pleasingly symmetrical layout with one on each corner.
    1960 1961
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    A couple of square-kiln oasthouses

    Oasts come in all shapes and sizes, but mostly as single or multiple square or roundel kilns (but sometimes a mixed layout around a central stowage floor that has been added to over time). These two...
  24. Thread: Pub Scores

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    #GraphsGalore

    As a comparison, there was a similar thread five years ago here: Average pub ratings.

    Now being stuck on exactly 6000 for the time being, my ratings graph (with an average score of 6.40) looks...
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    Tonight it was a half of scrumpy that the vendor...

    Tonight it was a half of scrumpy that the vendor may have called The Pledge, if I heard them correctly; and to the untutored palate it might resemble a cloudy, if pleasingly piquant, apple juice...
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