Sunday, January 13, 2019

16/01/2019 Driving to Bath, Somerset, UK

My FIL has been in the hospital for a few days and most of these photos are on the drive into Bath to bring him home. Since then he has been back in again and we hope that possibly he will be back home again tomorrow. It has been a very difficult few days and very little time for photos and blogging.

Returning from the hospital the sunset was behind us.

I popped into Devizes before leaving and this is the indoor market...

and this is the outside market. It has been a market town for many 100's of years.

Cheery daffodils.



The Raven at Poulshot where we met friends for lunch. We thought we would have to cancel but we could only pick FIL up late afternoon...


Driving to Bath I was reminded how many hedges there are in the UK.

Passing a pub - note the red phone box; yes they still exist here and some in working order...

a few houses en route...

Note the cones on the right of the road - it looked like the road had collapsed!!

Driving through Bathford...

Roadworks in Bathford...

Bath - this is Camden Road...

Bath - Julian Rd - My Mum's cousin used to have a shoe shop here. He had known Nigel for years via the Bath Car Club, and when Nigel moved to Africa in 1981 he arrived with my phone number - the rest is history

Bath - residential houses, Camden Crescent.

I have updated my bird blog HERE.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

05/01/2019 Happy New Year everyone.

I have been regularly walking the canal to keep myself relatively fit.  It has been cold, but with almost no rain so far and little wind, even I who loves the sun have enjoyed my walks.  If you have not seen my previous two posts then there is more information about the canal there.

Mist on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

As above.

One of the locks.

George Bar Bistro.

Caen Hill Locks are the longest continuous straight flight of locks in the UK.

This dog obviously decided that she had walked far enough and refused to move 😉


Quakers walk away from the canal

Squirrels in the trees...

and a very excited dog saw them and could not stop yapping.

Sunset over Devizes.

Loved this pair in the sidecar seen in Devizes.

Reflections on the canal.

The wharf.

No, it is not real but very lifelike.

Still waters run deep.

Devizes is a truly historic town and so full of history.  I try not to put too much information on the photodiary, so I have posted about the town on My Life In the Charente 2 with lots more information which might interest many of you.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Going backwards........

I did not have a chance to look at the few photos I took while driving from home to the UK.  Have just looked at them now and decided that there were a few worth posting.
Pont de Brotonne is a bridge in the region of Upper Normandy in France, situated between the cities of Le Havre and Rouen. It has crossed the river Seine since 1977.

Looking over at the bridge after we had crossed it.

Further along the road I just liked these clouds.

The moon was well up at around 5pm.

Not bad for a moving shot through the windscreen with Nigel's little Nikon Coolpix S7000

A little later before we arrived at the B & B at Eslettes.  Very difficult to find in the dark and the SatNav could not pick up the address!!

The next morning at Immigration in Calais.

First car into the Chunnel 😉 and on an earlier one than planned which was good.

and finally in the UK.  This is a pedestrian bridge over the M20.

I have updated my bird blog HERE.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Join me on a walk along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal......

Since we have been here the weather has been fairly mild and I have only been caught in a couple of light showers.  I was not sure if I would have time to blog while here in the UK, but I could not resist sharing this lovely walk yesterday with you all.

The Kennet & Avon Canal has awesome examples of canal engineering. The 16 locks that form the steepest part of the flight at Caen Hill are not only a scheduled ancient monument, they are an Olympic sized challenge every boater must do.  Caen Hill (pronounced ‘cane’ ), is one of the longest continuous flight of locks in the country - a total of 29 locks with a rise of 237 feet over 2 miles with a 1 in 44 gradient for anyone who's counting!


The side of one of the locks.

The wharf.

A closer look at one of the locks.

Just loved the reflection here on the very still water.

One of the narrow boat windows.

As above,


Out for a walk.

I have updated my bird blog HERE.