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Monday, 31 March 2014

The Hunting Lodge


This is the Hunting Lodge at Lodge Park which is owned by the National Trust. It is just that a hunting lodge which was built back in 1630 and is the only surviving deer course and grandstand which is what the lodge was used for.

Guests would stand either on the balcony or on the roof to watch the deer course which was a mile long, the start was way to the right of the picture and the finish line was just in front.

Taking Part in Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Behind the Bike Shed


I spotted this a while ago but only just managed to get a photo of this mural which is behind a bike shed at Cholsey Primary School. Could not get as close as I'd like but the zoom works and I was able to get these photos.





This on is my favourite. Taking part in Monday Mural

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Friday, 28 March 2014

A Mad Bird


My wife told me about this bird that kept attacking the window today and when I got home I took this photo of the bird after hearing some pecking the window and he was sat on the fence opposite

 He was a cute little fellow

Keeping an eye on what I was doing in the room. My wife said she took a few photos with her camera but it ran out of battery so borrowed mine.







She took a lot of photos of the bird



I think my wife showed me up with my own camera. Have a great weekend

The Marsh



Cholsey Marsh in the recent flooding. The Thames path runs through here around center photo and is under about two foot (60cm) of water


Taking Part in Our World Tuesday

Cholsey Marsh


This was taken a while ago during the floods but it was on a nice day and worthy of Skywatch

 Looking towards the River Thames
The flooded marsh area. Happy Skwatch Friday

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Window


Many thanks for all your comments on yesterdays photo of the dove in the window. I thought you might like to see where it was. The window is an old church doorway on the south side of the Holy Trinity  Ardington Church. Rather than block it up they decided to put a window in it and this is the result. I think it was a good idea. You can see more of the church in my Blog


The old door now window is in the middle of the church. 
Have a great day

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The View


This is a view I doubt has changed a lot since the Romans built a villa here.


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Monday, 24 March 2014

The Tapistry


No doubt you have heard of the  Bayeux Tapestry well while visiting the Museum in Reading I took some photos of the version they have there.

 Crossing the Chanel

 The Battle of Hastings

 And this is where Harold cops his lot. Hope you enjoyed a little lookat some of Britains History
 Taking Part in Monday Mural


Progress


Progress works its way relentlessly along the Great Western Railway at  Reading. Gone are the days of Steam which I fondly remember to be replaced by Diesel Trains now even they are being replaced by Electric Trains the gantry's of which you can see in the distance at Reading Station and even that has been replaced with a new one.

 Cranes work on a new section of line
 Overhead gantry's being built
 The new Station
  Waiting at the Station. Taking part in Our World Tuesday

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Swing Bridge


Wednesday I posted a photo of the River Kennet near Newbury, well this is where the photo was taken from. The swingbridge going over the kennet to an old wearhouse now converted to flats.


Taking Part in Skywatch Friday

Monday, 17 March 2014

Floor Mosaic


Just lately I have been showing some photos from a place called Silchester which is an old Roman Town near Reading. Today I thought you would like to see something that was found there.
 These mosaic floors were unearthed in one of the archeological digs there
 They are nearly complete floors
But I feel show a wonderful mosaic mural from 2000 years ago. They can be seen in Reading Museum. Taking Part in Monday Mural
Happy St Patrick's Day

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Sunday Photo


A tree grows on the old Roman walls at Silcheter

Have a Great Sunday
Shared with Sunlit Sunday

Purple Flowers


Spotted these while out for a walk at Lunchtime the other day

Have a great Weekend



Friday, 14 March 2014

The Boathouse


The Boathouse in Wallingford is a restaurant which has been converted from the original boathouse that you see here. As a youngster a lot of my friend has summer jobs here hiring out rowing boats and small motor launches. I felt it was a sad day when it closed but it is good to see it is still in use.

The photo shows the Thames lapping over into the patio, the restaurant had sandbags in front of the patio doors but escaped flooding.



Fogwatch Friday


Normally I would show a skywatch photo with a nice clear sky be it overcast or wet. Today I'm changing the rules a bit and giving you Fogwatch because that's what we have Thick Fog.




Yesterday looking out of the office window all you could see was this, all day I might add




This morning was not much better, I might add it's worse driving in it at night. worse thing is in the day idiots drive with no light on so you can't see them.







This is the view I had from my back door this morning, grim isn't 

I should see this in the morning
and to show it is not all fog round the area all the time this was the lock on the canal at newbury on Sunday. Happy Skywatch everyone.