Biscuits and Railways

Sunday, January 29, 2006



No, we are not in Afghanistan! This is a field of poppies behind my house in the springtime in England, just 10km from the town of Reading, where I work.

I was a little worried about using pictures of Reading taken from the web. The copyright issues made me think twice about uploading photos - but this one can be attributed to my husband, who is quite handy with a camera as you can see. Thank you J-F!

So... why the odd title to my Blog?

Well if you take a quick look at Reading's history, we can see that its development from a market town to the mini-silicon valley it is today, is due to its excellent transport links through the ages. Roads, canals, the Great Western Railway, and more recently the M4 motorway, have all been instrumental in the town's growth, encouraging factories such as Huntley and Palmers (makers of fine English biscuits) to establish themselves here in Victorian times. The last century has seen a gradual change from industrial landscape to a bustling modern city, home to the headquarters of high-tech industries.

Reading is a great place to work .. but give me a field of poppies any day!







11 Comments:

Blogger Jane said...

Beautiful picture Amanda. I love the poppies. Congratulations on your new blog! Jane in Canada

11:07 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I loved your blog, very inspiring! Best regards, Christel

11:30 AM  
Blogger SusNyrop said...

Dear Amanda,

great little story telling us how the railway came to change so many places on the map! We may also see many wild poppies here in Denmark, but less frequently as farmers of today prefer spraying their fields. Are these poppies that are growing near Reading cultivated or wild?

12:08 PM  
Blogger Ali Boumoussa said...

Congratulations Amanda! A very beautiful view, indeed! This brings back memories of Whitenights...of CALLS...of the Linguistics Department...of many friends and former teachers at Reading Uni. where I spent one year at CALLS a little over twenty years ago... Amanda, perhaps you could answer the follwing question for me and for all readers of your blog: why is Reading (the town) pronounced /redin'/ , and not like 'Reading' /ri:din'/ (the neglected language skill) ? ;-)

3:29 PM  
Blogger anitanita said...

I lived in Oxford for couple of months of the last year and the mere idea of Reading, which isn't so far away, brings back warm memories... Lovely poppies, indeed.
Enjoy blogging!
Anita

10:14 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Dear Amada
I also liked the poppies. I lived in Swindon in the early 70's which was also a railway town. I've been in Germany since 1991.
Peter in Frankfurt

5:32 AM  
Blogger conchy_castro said...

Love your blog!
Looks so warm!
Congratulations.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Naeko said...

Hi, Amanda!

Wow, what a beautiful view you can get behind your house!!

It is nice to know about the history of Reading too. I have never been to the UK yet, but hopefully some time soon!

Naeko

7:36 PM  
Blogger Marjann said...

Hiya - I'm just writing to tell you that your pic is really lovely because of all those poppies!

Have a nice weekend!

10:13 PM  
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10:16 PM  
Blogger marytiny said...

What a beautiful picture, at first I thought it is a picture of fields in Iran, in my country we call these flowers Laleh, visit Iran and enjoy it .

11:24 PM  

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