Monday 30 June 2014

County Hall

Last week  I showed a couple of photos from Abingdon for Wordless Wednesday well today I will tell you a little bit about what is in the photos.

Abingdon Bridge which crosses the river Thames

The Old Gaol which was built to hole Napoleonic prisoners and probably built by them as well. It was derelict when I used to go to collage in the town and then was made into a leisure centre. That closed and now it is being converted into flats.

Abingdon used to be the County Town of Berkshire till some numpties decided to move the boundary's and placed it in Oxfordshire, this was it's County Hall. The first photo is original sign you saw when you came into the town, now its a scabby old Oxford County one. County Hall is now used as a museum and was open the day I was in town so my wife and I had a look round.

Abingdon was famous for building MG's, this was the last one made

Would you believe it that they brought the car in though this window. I saw the video of them doing it

You can see an excellent exhibition on MGs in the museum

It was also famous fro brewing beer and did so for hundreds of years till Green King come along and bought the place, then sold off the brewery and brewed the beer elsewhere.

The roof was open to look round so it was rude not to. This is the old gaol you saw in the earlier photo

Here we look down at the town square

This road leads out of town towards Witney and is called Ock Street after the river which flows into the Thames

This was the Brewery which is no more and is now turned into flats

One of the sights you see for miles around is Didcot Power station and is due to be demolished. The first three towers you see in the foreground come down on the 27th July

Just to prove I was on top of County Hall this is the top. Hope you enjoyed my little tour.
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Friday 27 June 2014

Raglan Sky's

Last Saturday I was in Wales & visited Raglan castle (future blog) and as it was such a nice day took a few skywatch photo's (well rude not to) so enjoy some Welsh sky's

 Castle entrance
 Welsh countryside

The Tower
Raglan Castle.
 Happy Skywatch

Tuesday 24 June 2014

How to build a Tower Crane

The other day I noticed a mobile crain on the building site nearby where I work, not unusual.  I thought they were putting up the steel frame of the building

Then I noticed a frame near the crane and realized they were going to put up a tower crane
I missed the next stage to get a photo of and the cab was in place when I got the next photo
You can see the guy checking things out in the cab
But they were still lifting concrete blocks
So if you wondered how a crane was held down it's because of a few tones of concrete blocks
Next day it was lifting the rest of the crane in place
That's how they put a tower crane together
That,s not the biggest crane we have had, check out the link if you want to see it.
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Monday 23 June 2014

NY Taxi on the Kings Road

Friday afternoon I was in Reading with my wife and while walking along the Kings ROad I noticed a New York Taxi on an adverising hording. It was begging to be photographed so here it is.

 I took a couple and stitched them to show a bigger photo
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Saturday 21 June 2014

Friday 20 June 2014

Firday 13th Skywatch

Too late to post last week so I thought I'd show it this.

 Thursday night it was a beautiful moonrise
 Followed by a gorgeous day on Friday 13th. Happy Skywatch

Monday 16 June 2014

Kites & Buzzards

The other day my wife and I were watching this tractor raking up the hay in a field nearby

while overhead an aerial display was going on

The Red Kites were swooping after small rodents like mice & voles

There was more than one 

 So here are a few of the photos I took of them

Red Kite after taking a swipe at the mice

A buzzard flying past

Then landing in a tree

Kite on the wing

Red Kite trailing Grass

A kite and Buzzard flying past each other and another pair of kites one trailing a grass tail

This crow tried to dive bomb the Kite, he just swerved out the way as you can see.

 Not sure if he has a mouse of is claring the grass away, eitherway this is how they feed on the wing

Another taking a peck at somthing while flying
I'll finish with the buzzard as he few away.
Taking Park in Our World Tuesday