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Here’s a shot of what should be acres of fields and pasture-land. However, recent flooding and the lack of preventative methods on the major rivers of England, has meant rivers and streams bursting their banks.
Millions of pounds worth of lost trade, destroyed crops and damage to machinery and buildings has been caused by a problem that many have been aware of for years.
There is no way this is on the same scale as disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, but the level of negligence around our water way management and the bureaucracy surrounding response to a very real threat is causing heartache for thousands of families whose livelihoods rely on the land that’s underwater…
This was my first encounter with the Shard. It’s pretty impressive. We walked under the massive structure, disbelieving of the enormity of the volume of glass and metal over our heads. It’s almost like being underground but above ground…
Yesterday we visited Snowshill Manor, Broadway. In Gloucestershire. This crazy Aladdin’s cave of a house was bought by Charles Paget Wade in 1900 to house his vast collection of bizarre and mundane hand made objects.
The main manor house is home to Wades collection, while the small cottage outside the house was where he lived.
Wade himself was an architect and craftsman adding many of his own touches to the property and collection. However, the majority of the enormous and eccentric collection were ‘items of fascination’ that he collected from auction houses and private sales around England.
The quirky collection includes, 24 swords and sabres, 26 suits of Japanese samurai armour, 32 bicycles, 18 carts, ancient toys, looms, chests, ceramics and fine china, clocks, 9 model ships, crests and helms, clothing and nautical instruments. It’s a fascinating place to witness and well worth a trip. The garden and grounds were also designed by Wade and are well maintained.
I could have spent hours here but I’ll have to settle for going back sometime in the future. Ideally once my SLR is back from the doctor! So sad to not be able to use it…
Check out Snowshill Manor on the National Trust Website. If you live in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales or If you’re planning a long trip to the UK I would definitely advise becoming a member of the Trust. Great value for money and excellent for planning things to do and see!
On our mini tour of Southern England this week we stayed in a really beautiful B&B on a farm, just outside Bradford-on-Avon. It’s a beautiful town on a hillside surrounded by forest and farmland. It straddles the Avon, giving it its name. Bradford comes from ‘Broad Ford’, or a main water crossing, ‘on the river Avon’.
It’s a stunning town and has been inhabited for nearly 2500 years which is why the architecture has such range and character.
My second time to Bath in a relatively short period of time. One of England’s more prosperous spa towns and host to the best example of ancient Roman Baths.
The Roman name is Aquae Sulis. After the goddess Sulis apparently. The man who appears in one of the picture is one of the actors who walk around in traditional clothing. Either that or he’s some weirdo who likes to think he’s still in the 4th Century!
Well worth a visit if you get the chance, it’s a very impressive town.
I love kites, all types, I have my own and I plan to get more. There’s something hypnotic and therapeutic about flying kites. Not only that but when you fly traction kites and get pulled about the place you get a real work out.
I’d love to have a go at kite fighting someday too, if anyone has done it let me know. Even better if anyone takes part in the UK I’d be well up for coming along and having a go. I’d capture it on camera too of course.
Lymington, England. 2012.
(Apologies for the quality of the video on this one. I’m working on getting the full HD version up)
Good old England. The summer holidays are always strange. This is Highcliff Beach, near Lymington on the south coast. The day was bright and the heat from the sun was enough to burn you. This being England though there was a catch. The wind was so strong it was swirling sand, buffeting beach goers and whipping the waves into a frenzy!
I love education. I disliked school immensely and never completed a degree. However I love education. In this society people still believe that to amount to anything you need a degree. I think they’re wrong. I think you need to be interested in what you want to amount to.
A colleague of mine directed me to this video recently and the message is clear. Creativity leads to success. School doesn’t.