Friday, 30 September 2016

Here We Go, Here We Go it's Five on Friday

Hello

I hope you've had  a great week.  Five on Friday is on today because it's Friday again already. Many thanks to Amy for the link up, I really enjoy reading about all the things you've all been up to during the week.

Today we are heading out of Reading along the Kennet and Avon Canal for a mile or two but the canal itself will just carry on its merry way to Bath.

One - The Rising Sun Arts Centre

Before joining the canal at the Oracle shopping centre, I had to take a detour to find the Rising Sun Arts Centre as the building was built by Alfred Waterhouse, who built the Natural History Museum in London.  Originally built as a Temperance House for his wife in 1877 in what was a rather dodgy area, it became a shop and then a squat for artists in 1990. This group set up the independent Arts Centre, now a charity run mainly by volunteers offering a lively programme for the community. It looks a really colourful place which was hosting a musical workshop for people with learning difficulties when I dropped in.










Two - Reading Lock

Back to the Oracle, I picked up the canal path past County Lock, the second lock after the canal leaves the River Thames. It isn't very deep at this point but there is a small weir. Having fallen into decline over the years, the canal only reopened in 1990 after lots of hard work by enthusiasts and volunteers.





Three - Flowers along the way





Four - Green  Park

Following the signs to Green Park, another detour from the canal, I arrived at a business park with a difference. Companies are located in widely spaced buildings around a lake landscaped with twisty paths through beautiful planting.

Entrance


Information boards about the planting


Exercises for all those keen types.



Lots of places to sit and eat your lunch.


Rowing boats available for use 



There's even the wind turbine you can see from the motorway - here's a few facts about it

New houses being built at the edge of the park


Five -  The Madejski Stadium

Just round the corner is the Madejski Stadium, home of Reading's football team, known as the Royals. As this post is getting rather long, I'll tell you about it another time.



Needless to say, after all that exploring, 16,000 steps, I had to get the bus back to the town centre!

Thanks for calling in, lovely to see you as ever.

Cheerio

25 comments:

  1. What a great trip. I love following canal routes because of all the history associated with them.

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    1. There's all the wildlife too, making the most of a drop of water!

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  2. A fascinating five Karen. How heartening that the canal is getting a revival, I do love canals. Perhaps you could add a link to this post for paint monthly. I will be putting up my October post tomorrow. B X

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    1. I haven't seen any proper art lately, the local gallery has had the same exhibitions for months, I'll have to find something to add to Paint Monthly this month.

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  3. You are making me nostalgic for my home town and surrounding area! My versatile husband in one of his working roles (he's been a waiter, car body repairer, pizzeria owner, refurbisher of heritage buildings and dry liner in modern constructions) helped to build Green Park. It would be interesting to return and see how it's become even greener with good walking areas around it. I wonder if the area still gets flooded? Wishing you a good weekend with more opportunities to walk and explore new places.

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    1. Well fancy that! Taking you back down memory lane again! I don't know if it still floods there as it's the first time I visited but there's so much water around there I wouldn't be surprised. After our dry summer all was really pretty. Have fun x

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    2. Glad to hear it was looking good with the lush landscaping making the area look pretty. Have a nice day!

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  4. That looks like a great trip! So many interesting places to visit. The Rising Sun Arts Centre looks very bright and vibrant. Love the picture of the stairs.

    Have a happy Five on Friday

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    1. It was so colourful there, mind you I did have the urge to get the vacuum cleaner out here and there!

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  5. A lovely five Karen. I love the Kennet and Avon Canal but haven't explored the Reading end - something to put right one day soon. xx

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    1. I've always gone out of Reading the other way, so this made a change. It's very streamy round there too. x

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  6. Lovely trip exploring the canal. I'm visiting from Five on Friday.

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    1. Thanks for calling in Linda, great to see you.

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  7. How I wish I could have come along with you for this lovely walk. I loved seeing all these photos and learning about this special place. Enjoy your Friday! Pat

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    1. You are very kind! Everywhere looks nice on a sunny day but I did enjoy my walk, it's amazing what you find on the doorstep. x

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  8. Just my kind of area to visit and see the sights! So much to do!
    I love the new waterfront homes and a the chance to nip down to row down river!
    Happy weekend!

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    1. They look quite good don't they and are only a ten minute bus ride from the centre of town too.

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  9. Thanks for an interesting walk. We've driven by Reading many times, but never visited.

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    1. It's one of those places that has a lot of hidden interest.

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  10. The info on the canals is interesting. I hope to travel through your area someday and see it all in person.

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    1. There's so much to see in the UK and compared to other countries, it's all fairly close together. Hope you enjoy it.

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  11. So many places of interest you saw...and I wonder what it is like to live so near a canal...can anyone launch a boat into it?

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    1. If you use your own boat, I think you need to buy a licence but if you hire one that is included in the hire price. There are all sorts of holidays on barges available which are supposed to be very relaxing - apart from the locks!

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  12. A lovely trip and super photos, thank you. The Arts Centre looks like a great space and I love the picture of the gulls. They look like they have all stopped for a chat!

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    1. They do, don't they! I bet they had a few stories to tell. :-)

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