Tuesday, 30 April 2013

On The Way to Symi!!!!

Well, we've left Bath at last! These were our bags waiting for the taxi down to the station
Backing onto the station is a bar/chophouse called "Graze", which has statues of various animals including these chickens.
Looking down the track, waiting for the train. We are now ensconced in the Premier Inn at Gatwick airport - getting up at 3 in the morning for our 5.45 am flight to Rhodes. By tomorrow night we'll be on Symi! 
This day a year ago, we were still recovering from the strong winds of the previous day, but enjoyed some sunshine in the Charlcombe valley. 
Su's news story of the day (BBC website - click on the title for the full story):

Dame Margot Fonteyn and the Panama sanitary towel coup

Monday, 29 April 2013

All Over the Place

It started off sunny but again the clouds came back in - until the afternoon.
A neighbour's front garden with the annual tulip display in full flower. 
Out and about this morning, we found ourselves behind a car with this sticker. 
On Bear Flat, we passed The Bear pub.
On Green Park, this tree has burst forth with fresh bright green leaves. 
Tourists on the corner of Queens Square. 
Our regular house sitters, Peter and Marian, arrived today. Having read the blog on and off they have overcome their camera aversion to say "Hello" to all our readers. We head off to Gatwick tomorrow and will be on Greek soil on Wednesday morning - in Rhodes for the day, and get to Symi on Wednesday evening!!!
This afternoon we took Bella for a walk down by Chew Valley Lake. It was sunny but quite breezy - when we got out of the car, the sound of the wind through these conifers was pretty loud.
Got fairly close to this duck standing on a stone near the water's edge. 
Pretty flowers by the water's edge a bit further along from the duck. 
The same variety of flowers, but a much paler shade. 
 The water level in the lake is still very high
On the way home, we dropped into the Trading Post in Warmley. I have driven past it a few times, and thought it looked pretty wacky but never been in. Su was there recently with a friend and wanted me to see it. I soon saw why - this figure greets you on the way in.
On the other side of the drive in is this totem pole, continuing the trading post theme. 
Thereafter it goes quite multicultural, with a strong Asian influence as shown by this stone head on a greenhouse (where else?).
An indian statue in a giant parrot cage (with giant parrot)… 
 This is on the way into the main complex
Inside one of the many greenhouses given over to stock, what every living room (or garden?) needs…
Where rocking horses, rocking elephants, rocking planes etc. go when they are no longer wanted.
The sides of these very long greenhouses are lined with wagon wheels, and there are literally piles more outside.
Outside, we debated having this elephant fountain as the centrepiece of our garden - we'd need a crane to get it there, mind you!
 Another elephant themed piece.
This head stood about 7 feet high. 
Insid the main emporium, there was so much to see that I oculdn't take it all in - it probably merits at least a day picking through all sorts of unexpected juxtapositions.
I wondered what the vaguely hippyish music playing was, and then I found out… 
And performing in the corner… 
The main plant selling section - complete with statues of sheep and other animals on the tables for decoration
This day a year ago, we had very strong winds which gave our fence a bit of a battering. This was a temporary fix (which - having been strengthened the next day - is still in place holding up the fence today!). If it ain't broke, don't fix it?
Su's news story of the day (BBC website - click on the title for the full story):

Is there really a north-south water taste divide?

Sunday, 28 April 2013

A Social Whirl

Last night's sunrise was pretty impressive.
Spectacular skies. We wondered if this might presage good weather - then the rain started. 
Down into town this morning, driving past old buildings now repurposed into bars and restaurants.
This one used to be a bank. 
We went to the Little Theatre
… for a free member's preview of "Mud". Probably not a film we would have gone to see otherwise, but it was surprisingly good, with good performances - especially by the two teenage leads.
After that, it was back up the hill to take Bella out for a spin.  Bumblebees are out and about - this one was happily working its way around all these flowers for nectar. 
Today's abandoned item of clothing - yet another glove. Time to open up Marcus' odd glove shop? 
Went past this ageing, but quite stylish tag. 
This at the edge of what was waste ground until last year. 
It's coming on nicely. 
Don't know what this means, or if the nail is significant? 
Flowers popping out everywhere - these blue ones have popped up on Mount Road in the few days since I was last there. 
Mock orange flowers looking good peeking over this wall. 
Really hard to figure out vertical and horizontal with this wall and windows. 
More blossom in full splendour. 
A cone sapling? 
 A different type of pavement art.
Then it was off into Bristol to have a dim sum lunch to see us through our next month in Greece (we'll be there in 3 days' time!!!). On the way back from Dynasty, we saw this old bus which we'd spotted on the way into town.
This day a year ago,  our map of Lesbos arrived and we started planning our two weeks there in earnest.
Su's news story of the day (BBC website - click on the title for the full story):

In pictures: Bert Hardy