Monday, 19 August 2019

The River Thames from Cholsey to Wallingford


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Hardly a week goes by without me showing you a stretch of the River Thames!  This week is no exception but this is the Thames at Cholsey.  Only a small village really, Cholsey is best known for being where Dame Agatha Christie's grave (under her married name Mrs Mallowan) can be found in St Mary's Church and Poet Laureate John Masefield lived at Lollingdon Farm.

On certain days during the year, there is a Heritage train service from Cholsey to Wallingford but on other days, there's a bus or you can walk.

From Cholsey station, it's only a mile walk down Papist Way until you reach the Cholsey Marsh and the Thames Path next to the River.  A haven for wildlife, the marsh is quite rare due to the effect of draining by farmers in other areas.  Apparently rare Desmoulin's whorl snails can be seen here as well as kingfishers although I can't say I noticed them.

It was a joy to see the fields too complete with cow's too intent on eating to chase us.

Agatha Christie's house in Wallingford - Winterbrook.

Every now and then the River appears and it's quite busy with numerous boats going past.

The wildflowers  have taken on a late Summer appearance.

A boathouse across the River looks very old.

There's no sight of Wallingford in the distance but a clue to the fact that you're nearly there after 2 miles by the river, is the number of gates to go through whilst crossing the ends of private gardens.

The Thames Path emerges in Lower Wharf in Wallingford and heads through the village for a while before heading back to the River and off in the Benson direction.  We'll be looking around Wallingford in the next few posts though.


Friday, 16 August 2019

Five Loose Ends


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My five this week tie up a few loose ends from previous posts.

1.  Have you looked at the Instagram feed for the #grannysquareday2019?  Over 5000 posts were received showing a colourful granny square!  I've updated my post from yesterday to show some of the virtual blankets that have been made from them.  The Simply Crochet website gives suggestions for how to create your own virtual blanket from all the squares.

2.  I've made two extra Pages on the blog which you can see at the top left of the blog, these are links to my posts about Cathedrals and a list of books I've read since starting the blog, which I hope will be useful.

I might add to both of these pages as the weeks go by.

3.  Books - this week's reading has included these two.


I wouldn't recommend this book even though I have enjoyed others by this Author.  It started off ok but took a nosedive and turned out rather flat.  The characters had no depth.

Another mystery for Simon Serrailler set in a backdrop of dementia, motor neurone disease and assisted death.

4.  I've been back to Wallingford in search of a line of my ancestors and have been taken back in time at the Museum there which is full of old photos of the town years ago.  Could my Great Great Grandfather be staring back at me?  You never know but there was no conclusive evidence. No photos were allowed to be taken there though

5.  With such a rainy week and more rain to come this weekend, we're glad of the sunshine captured by our ripe garden tomatoes now ready and waiting to be eaten raw or as a topping to some pesto toast.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, 15 August 2019

Granny Square Day


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Today is Granny Square day, just a bit of fun run by Simply Crochet.  All you have to do is take a photo of a crocheted granny square of any design, crop it so that it fits nicely into an Instagram square and upload it onto Instagram giving it the #grannysquare2019 hashtag.

All squares will be made into a virtual blanket.  This is the sixth year this has been going but I haven't joined in before.

Here's my square.

In reality the colours are more pink but I've tried it in all sorts of different places and the photo still comes out purple.

I'm looking forward to seeing all the other designs.  Once the blanket appear, I'll put a picture on here.

***update ***

Looking at #grannysquareday2019 quite a few virtual blankets have appeared from the 5000+ squares available.  Why not make your own blanket from your favourites.


Wednesday, 14 August 2019

South Hill Park


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It's ages since we've visited South Hill Park and on such a bright sunny day it was hard to drive by without a walk through the beautiful grounds.

This time there were two swans happily enjoying the lake, I'm not sure if they are a pair but at least they seemed content in each other's company.

The new planting by the lake has sprung to life with roses looking great with flowers and rosy rosehips too.

A lot of the blackberries were out of focus, funny that, or it could have been my camera!

The meadow was still going strong making a lively contrast with the trees behind.

With the school holidays in full swing, the Park was busy with picnicking people and children playing games.

All's well in this wonderful spot.


Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Did You See . . .


Lovely of you to pop in!

Just in case you didn't watch the 2019 Norfolk edition of BBC's Countryfile TV programme, I just had to alert you to the article on crochetdermy - a cross between crochet and taxidermy - and the fabulous work by Shauna Richardson. It's on IPlayer  if you missed it.

Image from Pinterest

Totally spectacular work and a really fun report.


Friday, 9 August 2019

Five Mainly in the Countryside


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Have you had a good week?  I hope so.  Although I've been fairly busy doing 'normal' things, there hasn't been anything too exciting to show you!  Here's my five anyway.

1.  A trip to Mortimer took me past some beautiful countryside to the beautiful garden of my friend.

2.  Nearer home, the Heath has turned purple with the heather blooming making the trees look a fresher green.

By the lake, the thistles have turned into great swathes of fluffy seed waiting for the wind to take them off on a journey.

A beautiful Banded Demoiselle Damselfly landed in front of me with wings like black feathers on a shimmering turquoise body.

Great big sunny sunflowers seem to be popping up all over.

3.  Whilst we're in the countryside, I was thumbing through an old book about the BBC radio programme The Archers and found a map of the mythical village and an old family tree.  Even though the programme feels as if it has turned into Eastenders with all the doom and gloom lately, I'm  sure its quirky, light-heartedness will return eventually.

4.  I was intrigued by Artist Cindy Sherman on a BBC Arena programme, there's an exhibition of her photographs at the National Portrait Gallery at the moment.  She uses make-up, costumes and props to turn herself into fictitious characters and takes photos in various places to tell an enigmatic story for the viewer to puzzle out.  Her later work covers more disturbing areas which I don't enjoy.  Google the Artist's name to see some of her work.

5. Books for this week.

Luckily, I didn't have to wait too long for Big Sky from the library, I love a Jackson Brodie novel and this one didn't disappoint.  Full of well drawn characters, some back from previous books and despite the serious subject matter dealt with in the case, there were plenty of funny moments.

Another detective novel on a similar subject to the previous book, Susan Hill's Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler goes undercover keeping us on the edge of our seat.

That's it for this week, enjoy your weekend!