Monday, 16 October 2017

Week thirty five


I absolutely love this spot, it is my very own chill-out space.


Say hello to Natalya, the latest addition to the household.


I went with EG to a wedding fair and to have a look at the place she and GO have booked for their wedding and reception, it was a fabulous place, with loads of interesting oddities, this iron horse being one of them.


Isn't this room just gorgeous?


Thank you Maisie, you've served me well. Still the family workhorse - no green pastures for you.


This, just as I parked up outside DO and JP's house.


Having lunch with the lovely Japanese members of my family - my eldest son, his wife, their two children and his mother-in-law.


 Yum, yum.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Week thiry four, the third and final part of our walk around Augusta Park


Heading homewards


These fairy circles appear round several of the trees


The hedge on the right hand side of the photo separates this footpath from the route of the old Roman Road, Ermyn Way.


This green area is in front of my home . . .


. . . as is this row of newly planted trees and bushes,


. . .  and there is my home, the tile-hung house in the centre of the row of three.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Week thirty three, continuing our walk

Last week I showed you lots of the green spaces around Augusta Park, so this week as we continue our walk we are going to look at some other stuff as well


Glimpsing some of the houses behind this group of mature trees


At first I thought this building in progress might be our promised pub, but no, it is a care home of some sort, although as yet I have no idea of the category of people who will be housed here.


This is where our local shop will be, I understand it is to be a Co-op store.


The local infant school, up and running for a while now, and already there are talks of expansion.


The Community Centre. Augusta Park has a thriving community with lots going on here. I've voted here, taken GD5 to both toddler group and music sessions, and attended a yoga session. Sadly the yoga sessions take place on a wednesday morning so I can't always attend as I am often out of county with GD5.


The Community Centre is behind us and we are on the return leg of our walk. More open green space to cross first.


The next phase of the development is in preparation inside this compound.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Week thirty two, in which we take a walk

If you read my last post (here) you will already know that I live on a relatively new housing estate. Although the houses are all jammed in together as close as close can be, there is also a lot of green open space surrounding and breaking up the areas of dense housing, so I let's have a look, shall we?









Please come back next week and I'll show you some more shots from our walk.

Friday, 29 September 2017

A Roman connection

My new home is located on the edge of a very large new development called Augusta Park. The sub-division that I live in is called The Chariots. There is a valid reason for these names. Two old Roman Roads, Portway, which ran from London to Dorchester and Ermin Way, which ran from Winchester to Cirencester, both skirt the development and cross at this point here in East Anton.

The road immediately on the left, Icknield Way, runs along the route of the old Ermin Way, and passes within 20 yards of my home. As the location of my home was a building site less than three years ago, I guess it's very unlikely that I shall find any Roman artefacts, but that won't stop me keeping an eye open when I'm gardening.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Week thirty one


A really enjoyable day out with FO, CH and GDs 2 and 4 at Kingston Lacy. The rather menacing black cloud in the background soon turned to rain but not for long, and we didn't get too wet.


FO and CH know that I am quite fond of the occasional beer, so these are what they brought back for me from their summer holiday in Southwold. Although it isn't clear in the photo, the one on the right was a staggering 6% alcohol (strong for bitter), and was quite syrupy, but enjoyable none-the-less.


I met up with a friend in Salisbury, we took a walk round the cathedral, had a look at the Magna Carta exhibition, also had a look around The Wardrobe, home of the Infantry Regiments of Wiltshire and Berkshire.


I think this is quite possibly the longest runner bean I have ever grown


Having raised four boys, with not a hint of pink anywhere, I'm now having lots of fun indulging in pink whenever I can. My latest indulgence is this lovely pair of booties for GD5


Socks on the floor, a sure sign of a baby in the house

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Week thirty

Falling a little behind, it's probably getting on for week 32 now, but life is busy, so I'll do my best to catch up.


GT and ST took part in this, while I babysat GD5, not sure which of us had the most fun, but I'm secretly thinking it was probably me.


A day out with a friend to the American Museum near Bath, well worth a visit. Highlights for me were these gorgeous quilts, there were getting on for about 50 of them, all different and all so lovely to see.


Days are shortening and nights are cooling, so it's time to harvest the tomato crop and bring them indoors to ripen up.


Likewise the runner beans, this is most likely the best crop I've ever grown, despite the soil being mostly chalky clay with loads and loads of stones!


Cassie enjoying a warm sunny spot on the floor.


Tenby harbour, memories of a couple of fun family holidays at the end of last century.


Met up with FO, CH and GDs 2 and 4 for a visit to Kingston Lacy  and decided to join the National Trust while I was there.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Week twenty nine


Great stuff, and purchased cheaply as almost out of date.


That pesky spider is back again.


But it's still August (when the photo was taken!)???


Two shots taken on a very grey and dull morning of my favourite area, I love this spot and stop here often just to soak up the view.


The Chalk-hill Blue


Rail replacement bus from Loughton to Stratford - took 45 minutes instead of the 15 the train would have taken.


I love my day job, but next time I'll try to put her in it the right way round!