Monday 29 June 2015

Brill On The Hill

A while ago my wife and I took a Hot Air Balloon flight over Oxfordshire, one of the places we passed was Brill. Earlier this month we had the chance to visit. I might add it was the place we ended up as the place we wanted to visit was closed. We had been told Brill was a nice little village so we had high expectations.

We could see this windmill from the hot air balloon

This was an impressive wisteria

Same street looking along it
The postbox was nothing unusual other than needing a coat of paint but the stamp machine by it was special, you don't get them any more

another of the streets in Brill

Most of the streets looked similar though the overcast clouds made it dreary, by now my high expectations had dampened severely 
The stone on the building below the round window says Police Court 1871

So no doubt it was the police station as well

Think this is the main street through Brill, not sure the cloud helped but the place looks miserable
Methodist chapel
This was erected to Sir Edmund Verney Bart for his devotion to the welfare of Brill in 1910

Main street  through Brill which we went down but found only one village shop

The green triangle and war memorial, a lot of villages seem to have these green triangles in them

looking across the green to one of the village roads which I think takes you to the church

I like the entrance on thins house which has the look of an old hotel or inn, The rose growing adds to the place
Last look at the windmill we parked near before leaving Brill on the Hill. The one thing that struck me about Brill was the lack of shops and only one pub I could see. Not unusual now a days  but the place seemed devoid of anything interesting and there was no coffee or tea shops to go in which made it worse. Not a place I would visit again.
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Thursday 25 June 2015

Trees & Wildflowers

A quick walk round walk round where I work showed the wildflowers growing well and the saplings reacing for the sky

 huge dasys

and a more formal area

Monday 22 June 2015

A Walk Round Reading

These are a few photos I took while walking around Reading one day from the Royal Berkshire Hospital, some you may have seen before others not.

Never knew about this place it's the Museum of English Rural Life

The River Kennet, over to the right used to be Huntley & Palmer Biscuit factory, the island used to have a flower stor on it.
Did not know the significance of this to start with but is is at the start of Chestnut Walk

and this is Chestnut Walk, the wall on the right is part of the old Reading Prison
You might have noticed the wall in the previous picture but did you know Oscar Wilde was held here and where the Ballad of Reading Gaol came from. His cell number was C.3.3 so the outline in the third photo sis Oscar Wilde

Further along the walk you pass the remains of the Abbey which Henry VIII had demolished. I used to go round them as a child (went to school next door)

though now unfortunately due to the safety of it is inaccessible.  Saying that a Heritage grant has now been forthcoming and hopefully work will be done to rectify the ruins

further along you pass this sculpture  in the Abbey Gardens

By  Jens Flemming Sorensen this is called Ball Heads
 You can see the Abbey ruins behind though personally I'm not sure it is the right setting for the sculpture.

Last place for now is this ruin which is part of the Abby mill on Holy Brook, east to find as the Blade is on the right of me 
Taking Part in Our World Tuesday

Asylum Mural

This mural was on the wall of a ward in a derelict asylum which closed in 2003, the place has since been converted into flats so it no longer around. If you want to see more  of where it was then read about Faringdon Ward 

Takeing part in Monday Mural

Thursday 18 June 2015

Bee on a Thistle

Spotted this little fellow on a Thistle while out at lunch today, he also has a friend wandering around the flower head as well

Taking Part in Skywatch Friday

Tuesday 16 June 2015

Tea For Two


Now Friday I showed a couple of photos looking down on a place called Glasbrook Valley  in Wales.  The village in it is called Galcwm so I thought's I'd show a couple more of what the place looked like as I went through.
 So how often do you have to stop for a lamb laying down in the road

They did not linger long and soon ran up a nearby bank

The road as you come to the village

and looking down to the village

This place is called the Yat and is a B& B

Glascwm village.
Looking back to the village

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