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!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Five on the 5th

I had my fifth granddaughter with me on the 5th of the month, so I really had to join in with Sandie's 5 on 5 this month, didn't I?

Here she is in all her tiny gorgeousness.

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