This blog is to showcase some of the photo's I've taken, the pictures can be from my archive of many years or taken recently. They are from where I live and the various places I have been. I hope Enjoy my work and come back to visit again
This week we conclude my walk to Bow Bridge along the Thames.
That ominous looking building is one of these, a Pillbox, this on is not far from the pond I showed last week
On the opposite side of the river is this one. Last time I was here you could hardly see it because of the trees here. I went and had a look at it a few years ago and it was in danger of slipping in the river, now the bank has been strengthened so it cannot go in, might see if I can return again
These pillboxes are all along the Thames between Pangourne and go as far as Lechlaid. I have seen them all. If you want to read more then visit this link Pillboxes along the Thames It needs updating a bit which I will get around to sometime.
Going along the path a bit you come to Cholsey Marsh which I will show you another time
Walking the other way you might notice this raised area of ground, That is the spoil from the river Thames that was dredged back in around 196, there was huge mound of it where the barges unloaded the spoil then it was bulldozed flat
This is what we call bow bridge beside it is this finger sign, you can see a footbridge in the distance
Go along a bit and you pass another pillbox. If you do look at the blog I linked you can see my Dad stood by the bridge with his in the background and and one of me where you cannot see the pillbox
Further along you may come across this going on
They are rowers from Brooks University Boathouse
If you take the footpath from the Thames you follow Cholsey Brook, it enters the Thames under the footbridge. The footpath will bring you out at Bow Bridge Bend, this was the old A3229 to Reading. The road was straightened out due to the number of accidents that happened through the bends. Many a car ended up in the woods in the distance by the tree to the right. The bridge crosses the Brook you see here.
After this photo my Battery ran out and though I did manage to coax a few more photos I'll leave them for another blog. Taking Part in Our World Tuesday
A few weeks ago I went for a walk along the local river, you may have heard of it. The River Thames, I only went for a short walk along it but took in a vast about of things to see. Over the next two weeks I will show a little of what I saw
I took the byway to the main road, looking across you see a gap in the hedge, this was where a gate used to be
If you went through the gate it took you across this field that used to have dairy cattle in it. Certain times of the year you could come here and collect field mushrooms and quite a lot of the village could be seen here gathering them for breakfast
The cattle belonged to the Hospital Farm where they were milked. Gradually the farm fell into disuse and the field was turned over to cereal and the path disappeared
A new path was adopted and people now use that
It takes you down to this clump of trees and from there you can go across the meadow to the Thames Path
Over to the right you can see Cholsey Marsh. This was once a river meadow but after the cattle stopped grazing here and hospital closed it became over grown it is now looked after by BBOWT and is a good place for bird watching
The clump of trees contains this pond which when I was a lad of 15 used to be surrounded by a high bank. It was dug to hold water for irrigation of crops and we used to go for a swim in it though I might add it was not easy to climb out of
Nearby you can see the rennet's of the irrigation pipes
and part laying on the ground which used to go in the pond
The pond has become disused and the bank has become smaller though you can see parts of it. No doubt the constant flooding and the fact it may have been lowered to make it safer has a lot to do with the diminished banks
Eventually after walking across the meadow you come to the Thames. Next week I will show you a little from each way along the path and some on the ominous looking building you see to the right of the photo.
Taking Part in Our World Tuesday
This week I thought we would have little fun with some history. In January I was walking along a footpath that ran beside preserved railway. There was a gap in the fence at one point and I had a look at the railway ties they had dates on them
Sep 1903 was the earliest I could see and the First Teddy bear came out an the first Ford Model T was sold
This one had May 1905 That year the city of Las Vegas.was founded in May
No month on this one but in April this year the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg with the loss of between 1,517 and 1,636 lives. The wreck would not be discovered until 1985
1918 was the year the first world was ended on 11/11/1918 I did see a tie that was 1914 when the First world war started but forgot to get a photo of it
Another I saw was 1939 when the second world war started but again did not get a photo
1942 the second world war was in it's third year and in January
The Declaration by United Nations
is signed by China, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet
Union and 22 other nations, in which they agree "not to make any
separate peace with the Axis powers".
Heinkel test pilot Helmut Schenk becomes the first person to escape from a stricken aircraft, with an ejection seat. He was lucky because it was the 13th
In March St Nazaire Raid (Operation Chariot) – British Commandos raid Saint-Nazaire on the coast of Western France, to put its dockyard facilities out of action.
I could not see a tie for 1945 when the war ended but no doubt there is one
I left after that and carried on with my walk.
Hope you enjoyed my little history lesson. Taking Part in our world Tuesday