Thursday, 19 February 2015

February Unfolds…

So, time marches on while I dawdle behind it taking photographs… Spotted this reminder of the vehicles of my childhood while at UWE for project supervision.
A great example of guerrilla iconography on this sign!
We held a fund raising party to help send our friend Carol to trek the Great Wall of China and raise funds for Dorothy House Hospice. 
Oh what fun we had (spot Carol with balloon in the corner)! It was a really nice evening - despite Stephen and I playing a few songs :-). The evening raised over £160!
Walked down into town via Walcot Street and the alien bollard features. 
A blast from the past at the bottom of Walcot Street!
Back up the hill, an abandoned headband - someone's pride and joy? 
A few days later we went for a walk through parts of Bath we haven't really explored much - stopped by the grand former pharmacy on the bridge on wondered why it had this at its entrance.
We dropped down on to the canal at Sydney Gardens and walked along through the cold, sunny afternoon. 
Through a tunnel… 
Tell it to the cyclists! 
Not a bad address:- "Somewhere, On the Kennet & Avon Canal, Bath". 
We saw just the one lifebelt in all our walk along the canal bank - is this a danger area?
Widcombe locks, recently restored. 
A memorial to mark 200 years of the canal. 
The canal was frozen solid nearer Widcombe. 
Down in town, I found this mythical portal…
Walking back from a client on Lansdown, I passed this old marker - we now refer to the area as Charlcombe… 
An unexpected warning on these railings… 
Out for a walk with Su, we admired the sunset skies over the West of Bath. 
Walking down to town again, I was struck by these shadows… 
Near the Royal Crescent, a modest Silver Jubilee stone. 
Stopped in front of the Royal Crescent to take a photograph of people taking photographs of other people in front of the Royal Crescent…
It was such a lovely day that we walked back up the hill and enjoyed the last of the afternoon sunshine in Hedgemead Park.
Another cold and misty morning, greeted by this diffuse glow in the sky. 
Walking down to Larkhall to play some music with Stephen before Pilates, I stopped to admire Little Solsbury in the sunshine.
St Saviours Church glowing away below. 
The church is just down the road from Stephen's house.
Off to Westonbirt for a jaunt on a grey, drizzly day we spotted these posts marking out the route of their new aerial walkway through the treetops.
After a stomp round the woods, we spied the van a good half a mile away in the car park. 
After some lunch we explored the children's play area, thinking of our granddaughter's future visits. All locally sourced wood, of course.
Last weekend we went on a jaunt to Laycock in Wiltshire - amazing old village, often used as a film set because of the preponderance of old buildings. This mill complex and barn was very striking.
My eye was also caught by this most unusual topiary (I especially liked the hairstyle!). 
 My first ever sighting of an abandoned pair of gloves.
Our spiffing new 21st Century bus shelters that can't predict the next bus, but can tell you the time - and a bus timetable slipping down because the blu-tack has lost its stick in the cold. 
 Our mahonia is magnificent against the blue sky.
The bee box has moved to an even sunnier spot away from the front door - bees curiously exploring…
This day a year ago, I was in Hong Kong imparting my wisdom to students :-), while Su posted a blog about her walk with Bella in (at times) muddy Primrose Woods.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Late January Round Up

A close up of the damage inflicted on the church on Claremont.
Looking out of our upstairs window at our profusely flowering winter cherry tree. 
Spotted this on the back of a pack of pencils that Su bought - never knew that drawing was such a hazardous activity. Do I need to don overalls before I pick up the guitar.
The first snow of the winter. 
It didn't stick around for long - we have more forecast later this week (the remains of the US blizzards).
With our front door open, the morning sun through our stained glass in the hall generates this intense colour by our stove in the back room. 
We'd actually spotted this car driving round Bath before I saw it parked on our street. It wasn't driven by Mr Clarkson, and it is a Swedish numberplate…
Went out for lunch with Richard and Barbara to Sam's Kitchen in Holt. Richard enjoyed this local beer.
Armed panda graffiti. 
Our clematis has kept flowering through the snow up till a day or so ago, 
Sunrise with mist over the river. 
The mist at the back of the house. 
The mist was still in the valley when I went to get a paper
We were serenaded by this territorial robin when we went for a walk.
Sunset glow over st Stephens church. 
Sunrise glow over the van. 
Spotted this old post box in Tetbury.
In Hobbs House bakery in Nailsworth, we admired this innovative light fitting - actual bread rolls, dried and varnished.
In the car park, spotted this unusual shop decoration.
Abandoned apple on wall.
Walked into town in the afternoon haze, which helped the hill across town stand out from the background.
Came across a gaggle of young people in the Hedgemead Park bandstand - the reticent guitar player was George.
On Walcot Street, what is now Aqua restaurant revealed its origins when we looked up above the doorway.
This conjunction of notice and inevitable vehicle always makes me smile. 
 Artwork for the tip?
Walking around Mount Beacon, I was struck by this clear view of St Saviours church in Larkhall and the electricity pylons beyond Bath.
Sunset glow over Perfect View. 
A great show of old man's beard. 
Mores sunset glow looking up Claremont.
Clevedon yesterday on a cold, grey afternoon with a Grimaldi Lines ship passing by. 
We enjoyed a visit to Dynasty for dim sum 
 Gnomic poster on a warehouse door
This day a year ago, spotted this voodoo doll on sale in a Bristol store…