Nov 23 2013

Is that you, McLuhan?

Our little discussion about the direction Darwin would have sauntered about the sandwalk has been interrupted by an informed opinion: Rowan Blaik, Head Gardener at Down House, has left a comment. The short answer to whether he walked counterclockwise around the sandwalk: probably. Read the comment, there’s more.


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    That was a wonderful comment. Made me wish I could visit.

  2. 2

    as was mentioned in a previous thread, the whole world is watching!

    it is the medium apparently
    uncle frogy

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Yeah, but don’t read the other comments. :p

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    MG Myers

    The English Heritage site has some links to photos and panoramic views of Down House and the grounds. The gardens look so very beautiful!

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    What a time for the world to watch, indeed – I’ve just made a correction on the other post that the direction was probably clockwise with Darwin turning left at the fork. Apologies for the error.

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    Thank you, MG Myers, the views of the garden are wonderful. Rowan Blaik does great work. That is a big veggie garden! Plus, like any true scientist/skeptic he will admit when he made an error.

    Let me just say that professional gardeners are awesome. Especially when it comes to keeping up beautiful historic sites. I know how much work it is as I try to keep up my little patch of property (roses and edibles). And since I made an effort to go on walks to look at gardens this past summer, I have found that the gardeners (professional and amateur) are quite willing to talk about their work.

    Sorry, this is a hobby that is universal and some of us get into it more than others. But we are in good company. It includes the Thomas Jefferson and some of his contemporaries as noted in
    Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
    by Andrea Wulf, plus Paul Dirac and Roald Dahl.

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    Marcus Ranum

    Il faut cultiver son jardin.

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    CLOCKWISE, folks. Mr. Blaik misspoke the first time.

    (Just trying to amplify the signal.)

    (Awesome to see you here, Mr. Blaik! Thanks for the info.)

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