Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Westonbirt Arboretum in early Autumn

To Stroud today to visit my aunt and help her husband with his new iPad Air. I was completely defeated by the App store security: it wouldn't accept his existing username and password and resisted all attempts to fix - the Apple system is shockingly opaque. I have referred him to his store of purchase, PC World in Gloucester and their tech support people.

Westonbirt Arboretum is pleasant enough now and is going to be wonderful when full autumn colours emerge.
Clare and Nigel and the Westonbirt trees
A calm day, warm sunshine and the place was packed with the early retired. At the entrance you buy your ticket at a conventional office and then pass through airport-style control gates. These are so hard to use that a member of staff is permanently deployed there to help the oldies through.

Once walking the glades you notice the overwhelming prevalence of senior heterosexual hand-holding. It seems to me that this has taken off in recent years. Formerly the British thing was to amble along in somewhat close proximity to your spouse, and talk to them occasionally.