Thursday, 9 June 2022

Herry's Journal Index

Latest Posts

President Kennedy's Talk own Poetry and Art at Amherst (1963)
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam 
Favourite Poetry - The Four Quartets
Favourite Poetry - The North Ship
Favourite Poetry - Akhmatova
Favourite Poetry - Pablo Neruda
Edna St Vincent Millay - Love is not All
Edna St Vincent Millay - Eight Sonnets V
Edna St Vincent Millay - Dirge Without Music
Favourite Poetry - Poesie Mondaine, Bestemmia 619
Favourite Poetry - John Henry Newman's 'Dream of Gerontius'
Favourite Poems - Heine - A Young Man Loves a Maiden 
Favourite Poetry - Wind
Favourite Poetry - October
Favourite Poems - Ithaca
Favourite Poems - Kindness
Favourite Poems - Beloved Earth
Favourite Poems - C9th Chinese Poem on Old Age
Favourite Poems - Heraclitus
Favourite Poems - Beloved Earth 
Favourite Poems - Animals
Favourite Poems - Stag's Leap
Favourite Poems - The Wilderness
Favourite Poems - No Man Is An Island
Favourite Poems - The Wound in Time
Favourite Poems - A Shropshire Lad
Giles Wingate-Saul 1945 - 2021


Herry's 70th Birthday Party July 2015
Lawford Lunch at the Drapers' Hall 2014
Winchester College 50 Years On Dinner 2014
Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at the Drapers' Hall 2016
Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at the Drapers' Hall 2014
Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at the Drapers' Hall 2013
Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at the Drapers' Hall 2012
Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at the Drapers' Hall 2011
Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at the Drapers' Hall 2010
Wellbeing of Women Christmas Fair at the Drapers' Hall 2009
The Royal Hospital Carol Service 2009
The Royal Hospital Carol Service 2010
The Royal Hospital Carol Service 2011
The Royal Hospital Chelsea Dinner 2010
Fine Cell at the V&A
Fine Cell at the Drapers' Hall
Fine Cell at the Leathersellers' Hall 2009
Fine Cell at the Leathersellers' Hall 2009
Fine Cell at the Glaziers' Hall
The Drapers' Almshouses
The Drapers' Almshouse Outing to Winchester 2009
The Drapers' Almshouse Teaparty 2007
The Drapers' Almshouse Teaparty 2008
The Drapers' New Year's Service

Office Life 1967 - 2006 


These entries can also be found under Sir Alfred Herbert
The Rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral
Sir Alfred Herbert and Town Thorns Residential School, Easenhall
Sir Alfred Herbert and the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital
Sir Alfred Herbert's Memorial Service in Coventry Cathedral 1957

Sir Alfred Herbert and St Barbara's Church, Earlsdon
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry Reopening 2008
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
Favourite Places - Coventry Cathedral
Coventry's Awe-Inspiring Cathedral
Coventry's Awe-Inspiring Cathedral II
Coventry Cathedral - the Sutherland Tapestry
Rediscovering Coventry's Medieval Stained Glass
Coventry Cathedral Carol Concert 2013
Coventry Cathedral Golden Jubilee
Sir Alfred Herbert's Induction into Coventry's Walk of Fame 2017

Gardens and Flowers

Favourite Gardens - The Buildings in Autumn 
Favourite Gardens - The Buildings, Broughton
Favourite Gardens - The Buildings August 2018
Favourite Gardens - the last of The Buildings, October 2018
Favourite Gardens - the Laskett Gardens
Favourite Gardens - Terstan
Favourite Gardens - Ashtall Manor
Favourite Gardens - Bere Mill in Spring
Favourite Gardens - Adwell
Favourite Gardens - Hinton Ampner
Favourite Gardens - Stockbridge Town Gardens
Favourite Gardens - Wherwell Village Gardens
Favourite Gardens - Bramdean House
Favourite Gardens - Dean House
Favourite Gardens - A Secret Garden
Favourite Gardens - West Green
Favourite Gardens - Mottisfont Abbey
Favourite Gardens - Rotherfield Park
Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival 2021

Paintings and Photographs

Art and What it Means to Me
St Laurent and Pierre Berge Collection
Saatchi Gallery - New Art from India
Saatchi Gallery - New Art from China
Saatchi Gallery - New Art from the Middle East
Emily Patrick Exhibition in Spitalfields 2008
Anish Kapoor's Exhibition
Anish Kapoor in Kensington Gardens 2010
Horst at the V&A - Photographer of Style
Van Gogh at the Royal Academy 2010
An Inland Voyage at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Ibrahim El-Salahi at the Tate Modern
Gaugin at the Tate Modern
Francis Bacon Exhibition at the Tate
The Tate Modern's 10th Anniversary
Picasso Exhibition at the National Gallery
Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy 2009
Art Gallery of New South Wales - Frieda Kahlo
Lines of Thought - Isabel Seligman

Mottisfont Rose Garden 2022

Mottisfont rose garden was looking spectacular on my visit on 8th June, possibly the best it has been, despite the rain at the weekend. 


For more photos, click here

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Favourite Gardens - Houghton Lodge

Houghton Lodge with its rose-filled verandah

Houghton Lodge is a splendid C18th fishing lodge high above the banks of the Test, in a most unusual 'cottage ornee' style, which has in recent years has had its extensive gardens hugely improved by the owners, Daniel and Sophie Busk. Sophie in particular has brought the huge walled garden back into perfect condition, and filled it with peonies and old roses (including a very rare 'Pope Pius IX') and trained some of the largest espaliered fruit trees in the country along its walls. New for 2022 is a sloping garden beginning with a cherry orchard and stream that debouches past cloud-pruned trees into an old lake, now cleared and planted and straddled by a beautiful Japanese bridge. 

The rest of the garden is at a similar standard, with sweeping views down the river from its high terraces. 

Of particular note is the lovely 'Peacock Garden' in box and the verandah hung with climbing roses.


For more photos of the gardens, click here

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Thursday, 26 May 2022

Chelsea Flower Show 2022


Morris & Co 

The Chelsea Flower Show this year was notable for naturalistic planting and the strong structures that had been raised in the main show gardens. The top photo shows one of them that was due to be taken down and reassembled at Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset. 

For a full set of photos, click here

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

What is tbe Price of Electricity?

Here are our handy tips for understanding kWh and electricity cost per kWh. This will help you save money, energy and do your bit for the environment. Tick, tick and tick! 

Let’s start with the basics, what is a kW and what is a kWh?

A kilowatt hour (kWh) is a measure of how much energy you’re using per hour, whilst a kW is a measure of power. kW stands for kilowatt, a universal standard for measuring electricity. So, one kilowatt equals 1,000 watts. Your electricity provider charges by how much electricity you use per kilowatt hour (kWh). The kWh is a unit of energy, the number of kilowatts you use over time, on different things.


The more kilowatt hours, or kWh you use, the more you pay. So, how much does 1 kWh of electricity cost?

Energy is a measure of how much fuel is contained within something or used by something over a specific time period. Think of it like a Mars bar- the kWh is the like calories (or energy) within the bar, the kW is how you use those calories.

You might go for a fast, high-intensity run and burn off the energy in a matter of hours, or you might loaf on the sofa binging on Netflix, therefore stretching that energy out a bit. So, the electricity cost per kWh price you pay depends on how long you keep everything on. That’s why leaving your TV on standby or your charger plugged in still uses power and will add to the kWh cost on your energy bill (and wastes energy).


Now let’s look at lightbulbs.

Say you have ten 100-watt light bulbs, that would equal 1kW of energy usage (10 x bulbs x 100W = 1,000W= 1 kW). To work out the kWh cost, you’d multiply that by the amount of time you need them on and the electricity cost per kWh:

1kW x 10 hours x £0.16 electricity cost per kWh = £1.60 a day

Boom! It’s that simple! Take another look at your energy bill and you’ll see it start to make more sense.

You can apply this rule to your gas too (it will have a different unit cost to your electricity though).

According to the Energy Saving Trust the national average price (as of June 2021) per pence/kWh of electricity is £0.1636. We have rounded it to £0.16 for illustration purposes.


What determines my electricity cost per kWh on my energy bill?

We supply the kW power to meet the “demand” of our customers and demand determines the price. The price varies, depending on your supplier, tariff, meter type, region type. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the national average price for kWh in pence is £0.16. There are two main factors you can focus on when choosing your electricity and gas tariff:

  • The unit rate - in kilowatt hours (kWh) and is the amount you're charged for the energy you use.
  • The standing charge – this is a flat fee charged daily whether you're using any gas or electricity or not. This pays for everything needed to get the energy to your property via the National Grid.


When comparing energy deals, check these carefully. Whilst a tariff might have a low kWh unit rate, the price of the standing charge may be high, so check before you sign up.


How much energy do you use?

How much did that morning cuppa cost you? Is it important? Yes! Here’s why it’s worth knowing what electricity price you pay per kWh and how to easily convert your electricity cost per kWh into pounds and pence.

  • How energy suppliers work out your bills
  • Why some appliances use much more energy than others - and how much individual appliances use
  • Why you should turn appliances off at the wall to save on costs, and why you shouldn't leave them on standby


How to become an energy saving expert in three easy steps

Now you know how much 1 kWh of electricity costs and how to convert kWh into pounds and pence. You can do a quick check of your home to work out your average kWh per day and find out where you can make changes to save on your energy bill.

Here are our three easy steps to help save on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint:


Step 1 - Put a price on it

Everything with a switch costs you money and has an impact on your carbon footprint size. Say you have a brand-new large screen TV with a 500 W power rating (kW rating of 0.5) – and you want to know how much it costs to run. Multiply 0.5 by the time you spend watching it – say 4 hours a day. Your 0.5 kW TV uses 2 kWh per day.

Now, look at your energy bill. If your electricity price per kWh is £0.16, your TV will cost £0.32 per day to run (.5kW x 4 hours x £0.16). This may not sound a lot but it adds up to £116.80 a year - on top of everything else you’re using.

Here are a few more examples of standard home appliances and how much they cost to run:

  • Laptop: 90 watts, .09kW x 10 hours a day @ £0.16 a kWh = £0.14 a day (£52.56 a year)
  • Tumble dryer: 750 watts .75kW x 2 hours a day @ £0.16 a kWh= £0.27 a day (£98.55 a year)
  • Microwave: 900 watts 0.9 kWx 1 hour a day @ £0.16 a kWh = £0.11 a day (£40.18 a year)
  • Fridge: 250 watts 0.25 kW, 24hours a day @ £0.16 a kWh = £1.44 a day (£350.40 a year)
  • Kids’ nightlight: 40 watts 0.04kW 14 hours a day @ £0.16 a kWh = £0.60 a day (£32.70 a year)


These examples are just a fraction of what you use in your home but highlight how you can add things up to work out your average kWh use per day.

If you've got gas central heating you can work out how much you're spending on heating your home, based on the national average kWh gas price of £0.04p.


Step 2 - Get in the habit, today

All good habits start right here, right now. Once you know your kW from your kWh and the amount of time you use things, you can build a profile of the kind of energy user you are and where you can reign things in. Are you a heavyweight or a featherweight energy user? Where are the hotspots in your home? Do you leave laptops plugged in? TV on standby?

You’ve heard of the 5/2 diet - maybe allow yourself that extra spin on the dryer at the weekend, but dry outdoors or overnight the rest of the week. Try to take a break at tea-time so you don’t have to re-boil the kettle ten times. You can also seek out energy efficient appliances like smart lightbulbs or washing machines.

From EDF Energy's website April 2022 

See also How to be a Bore About Almost Anything