Thursday, 30 April 2015

Week Seventeen

Day 113

This week we'll celebrate the third anniversary of our arrival in Warminster, so we have bought ourselves some flowers to brighten up the dining room.

Day 114

On the actual day of the anniversary we went for a nice leisurely 2.5 mile walk, which started with a hill climb. Here is the view north-westward over town from the highest point of our walk.

Day 115

Most of the tulips in the garden are either yellow or red, this one couldn't quite make up its mind which camp to join.

Day 116

We took a walk round the lake, it was quite cool and a bit windy, but good to be out of the house for a bit.

Day 117

We inherited some flag irises in the garden, but they were mostly in the shade of a 6' fence, so not very happy. I moved them early last year to a sunnier spot, and it looks as if we'll be getting some flowers this year.

Day 118

I was feeling a bit blocked, creatively, so decided to give my studio a bit of a change round. I've put my work bench across in front of the window, it's amazing how much space I now have in the middle of the room.

 Day 119

Amazingly, after three house moves in just under 4 years, we still have self-seeded forget-me-nots from the packet I bought and sowed in our original garden in Surrey in 1986!

How was your week?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Station Harry and friends are back in business . . .

. . . please pop over and take a look here and here.

Thank you

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Our first proper walk of the season

Warning: photo heavy.

Friday 24th April was the third anniversary of our arrival in Warminster, and as conditions were favourable (dry underfoot, not to hot or too windy, no rain forecast) we decided to take our first proper walk of 2015. I had found a relatively undemanding circular route taking us approximately 4 kilometres (just over 2.5 miles) with a steep uphill climb to start, a gentle downhill middle and a relatively flat return leg.

Our start point was at the roundabout where the eastbound road out of town joins the A36 at the end of the bypass. There is a handy parking space or two on what used to be the original A36 before the bypass was built, so that's where we left the car.

We had quite a steep climb up the side of Cotley Hill. As usual I let GM go in front so that I could take photos at my leisure. Every now and then he would turn round to see if I was still with him, this is roughly halfway up

and looking back from the same point you can see the roundabout where we started from.

Once at the top we stopped for a short breather, looking westwards towards town with Cley Hill to the far left

We saw what I guessed to be a racing pigeon starter thingie, not sure if it was abandoned or just left there for later use.

Also an old piece of agricultural equipment.

We then joined the Imber Range perimeter path, with views back over the plain,

and onwards towards the highest point in our walk,

a tumulus with a cairn on the top.

From this point onwards our path descended gently towards a woody area

and coming out the other side we had a choice of taking a shorter descent by turning right and walking alongside the trees, or continuing straight ahead beside another field of oil seed rape.

As we were still feeling quite fresh, we continued straight ahead, continuing to descend gently.

At the bottom of the hill we joined a track which led us back towards the village of Heytesbury, past the grand newish, but rather stark, entrance to Heytesbury House, erstwhile home of Seigfried Sassoon.

We then crossed over the A36

and on into the village, passing the Hospital of St. John,

the village lock-up,

and, arriving very conveniently at a couple of minutes after midday, we felt obliged to stop for a bit of a sit down and some liquid refreshment in the Red Lion.

The pub garden just happens to back on to the River Wylye, so we took a quick peek at the river before leaving.

Now feeling energised we made our way along through the village, watched by one of the local inhabitants,

back to where we had parked the car.

As mentioned at the beginning, this was only a 4km walk, and was, we felt, just the right sort of distance to start our walking season. This is such a lovely part of the country, with so many choices of walks of all distances, I'm sure we'll be doing plenty more this year - watch this space.

And, as a p.s., I managed to pass my 8000 step target - but still didn't quite make 10,000.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Working on walking

Figures for the past five days, showing a distinct improvement

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Week sixteen

It has been a lovely week, weatherwise, and I've been outside as much as possible.

Day 106

A bowlful of berries for dessert, with a touch of single cream, yum. (I hasten to add that these are not home-picked)

Day 107

There is a nasturtium plant in a pot on the conservatory windowsill, it's covered in flower.

Day 108

We went for a walk to an area on the other side of the park where we haven't been before - exploring.

Day 109

The Mason's Arms, just round the corner to us, has always been a bit too expensive to patronise. It has recently changed hands, and it doesn't look as if it's going to become our "local" any time soon at these prices. Bearing in mind that Wetherspoons is just a couple of hundred yards away, I'll be surprised if they do much business at all!

Day 110

One of the tulips in the raised bed just outside the back door.

Day 111

I've been potting on the tomato seedlings

Day 112

The fig tree is starting to open its leaves

How was your week?