Monday, 16 January 2017

A Ridgeway Walk



Carrying on with my series of The Rigdeway path which is one of those ancient paths that was used around 5000 years ago and runs from Overton Hill, near Avebury, to Streatley, then follows footpaths and parts of the ancient Icknield Way through the Chiltern Hills to Ivinghoe Beacon 
Today I will show you some of the path from outside Streatley to Lowbury Hill where I was walking. The main reason for the walk was to get photos for another blog I am writing. There are quite a few photos in today's blog.  In retrospect I should have taken a map with me but felt I knew the area well enough not to get too badly lost






Above my start was here in the carpark along Rectory road. On the right is a view of the field beside the ridgeway




The path here is quite easy going if a little uphill





Looking back to the carpark





Above the first signpost showing a nearby footpath and a footpath in a different direction




If you saw my Skywatch Friday photo of Streatley Warren, well this is looking down from near the top






Another signpost and path, the one to the right will take you to to a Village called Aldworth



This is were I'm going to turn off to Lowbury Hill and as you can see I have to negotiate a large muddy area




bit of a contrast to the path I just walked along



and the way it looks going on





but once your past it the footpath is quite easy to walk on



Near Lowbury hill you rejoin the more substantial path with takes you to the Fair Mile

Lowbury Hill and on the top an Ordnance Survey Triangulation Pillar, the view looks towards Chilton


This one on the edge of the remains of a Roman Temple looks towards the Fair mile 




Going back I took a wrong turn and ended up back on the Ridgeway lower down





Because I don't remember this part





Anyway I followed the path back

till I got to this fork where I had to take the left one which I knew would  get me back to the carpark. 
Hope you enjoyed my little walk this week
Tanking Part in Our World Tuesday




Thursday, 12 January 2017

Streatley Warren Sky



This was taken on my first walk of 2017 where I was off along the ridgeway to Lowbury Hill. I stopped off along the way to get this photo looking towards Streatley Warren


 Turning the opposite way looking towards Streatley you still saw the wonderful Blue Sky


More photos from the walk in the future blogs.
 Happy Skywatch Friday


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Three Wheels on my Waggon








More from Reading Museum



Just before Christmas I was in Reading to get some photos of a Church and took the opportunity of going in the Museum. It provided a little piece of research for another blog I hope to be doing about Reading Abbey some time .






Next door I noticed this office was empty












The first thing I noticed was this picture on a pillar by the Reading Abbey exhibition, it depicts the Last Abbot Hugh Faringdon at his execution which was not very pleasant in those days. He was lucky in fact he died of hear failure before it happened which is more that I can say for the two fellow priests that were with him. He was executed in front of his Abbey






















 Couple more paintings, the one on the left is the King presiding over Reading Abbey I think the other Queen Elizabeth I





 Back to what I was looking at Reading Abbey, the model above shows what it would have looked like and the church over to the left St Laurence is still there today along with a nearby building above it.


 Archaeological  work has been done around the Abbey Remains and these are some of the finds








I should have read up on what this alabaster carving was off



This is thought to be one of the Cloister pillars from the Abbey. The reformation tore a lot of fine Abbeys down Reading being one of them and I cannot help but wonder what they would be like now had they been left.


I'll leave you with this picture I took on the was back , I think it represents a Christmas Tree.
Taking Part in Our World Tuesday


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Christmas Eve


The dawn Christmas Eve saw my sons and I off on our annual Chrismas Eve shopping trip early in the morning where I stopped and took this shot of the dawn.


Happy New Year Everyone 



Monday, 2 January 2017

Nativity Scenes



Just before Christmas I visited a couple of churches where I found a few nativity scenes on display


 The first one I found was quite rustic looking and near the chancel


In the North aisle on the altar was this beautifully carved wooden scene, some on too care on this  


The next Church I came across this one on a window sill 


 The last one was in the front garden of a house near the vets I went to with our dog and all made & painted by the owner.
Happy New Year Everyone