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
Today I attended a briefing for an event I am helping at on Friday. It was on the site near where I worked a year or so ago. Things have changed a lot in that time with new building going up
I had to go to the visitor centre which was being built when I worked nearby. It opened just after I left in September 2018
In the huge conference room we were in was this satellite on the table
I was told it was 1:25th scale so would taken up the whole wall it was beside
On the way to visit a friend at Diamond Light Source I padded this building which was started in 2018 it's called the Rosalind Franklin Institute or will be when it is finished
Diamond House, the main entrance to where I used to work, this is the last time I will most likely see the building like this because it is being extended in a couple of months
After seeing my friend I walked back across the bridge and got this photo of I21 the last extension I saw built at Diamond, the cleared ground you see in fornt was a temproary lab I'm told they are going to build another extension here
Monday and I had a blood pressure check at the local hospital and the day looked wonderful. As the carpark usually gets packed I decided I would walk in and get the bus home while I walked I took a few photos on the way.
Looking out of the bedroom window a stunning sunrise
I passed the new estate on East End Farm, just over a year ago there was a farm here
I looked through the hedge along the road a bit and took this photo of the gravel pit being made in a field. Less than a year ago they grew crops here
A bit further along I managed to get a shot of the elevators that had been erected, it will not be long before gravel is being extracted and moved over these
At the end of the road another building is being built for the elderly, this was only a field a short time ago
Not far to go now and I passed by Winterbrook Nursing home, my uncle was in here his room was one of the windows you see on the first floor before he passed away. The place has been closed for a while & I do not know what is happening with it.
That was it a nice bracing walk in the frosty morning and I got there on time then went home on the bus. I get an update on some of the photos I took later this year and post them
The other day I was in Bucklebury visiting a church, when I finished I decided to visit the ford just up the road. Now me and Bucklebury Ford have a history because back in the mid 1970's I was a young petrol head running a modified Mini. I into motor sport and was taking part in night rally called a twelve car rally. My navigator and I were doing well running second on the road when we arrived at this ford. It was running deep at the time when we got to it. The guy in front of us had gone around the long way and went past on the opposite side. My navigator said go so I did keeping the revs up but as we got into the ford a wave came over the bonnet (hood) and the back end of the car started to float sideways. I said to the navigator to open the door so that is what we did and the car sank into the ford and stopped. We got out and I had a mate stood over on the walkway you see who said "It's Deep Bill", My reply is nothing I can print on here but we managed to push it out and restart the car. After that we drove to the halfway stop and retired. Neither of us wanted to drive in a wet clothes and seats. I did do a few more night rallies and have cleared a ford in the mini but this was the first time I had seen this ford since my altercation with in the 1970's. It was also a good place to get some Skywatch photos
My first view of Bucklbury ford since the 1970's
It's reading 2ft 6ins deep which is 18" deeper than when I tried going through.
The road to the ford is just to the left of the sign and is flooded for about a hundred yards. A van came down just after I took the photo and turned around realising he would not get across
Quite sure this is the way I attempted to try and cross the ford
A last look before going back to my car
I looked into the field near the ford and took this photo from the gate, the river is to the left of the tree.
I'll try and pop back again when the ford is lower just to see if it is easy enough to drive through.
Just before the new year I visited Kidmore End near Reading so I could get a few photos of the church for my blog. I parked near the church and the first thing I noticed was this village pump
No doubt you could still put a bucket on it and draw water
There are a few of these type wells to be found in villages around. Once people would have come here to draw a bucket of water for use at home, I know what it is like because I used to have to get water from a well as a kid in Ireland when I visited my Gran
Looking from the churchyard I noticed wheat looked like the village pond across the road
Next door to the church is the village primary school which was built in 1856 but this part looks like it was built around the 1970's
This part however was built in 1856, again quite typical of what you would see in the local villages
As I took the photo of the school from the opposite side of the road while I was there I turned around and took one across the village pond. Not sure where the ducks are though.