Sunday, December 17, 2017

17/12/2017 Some of the local Wiltshire bird life.

Maximum temperature 8C,  Minimum -0C,  Still a bitterly cold wind, and wet.  It does look though as if it might warm up slightly in the next few days!!!
The mute swan (Cygnus olor).  The Queen has a prerogative over all swans in England and Wales.
The Royal swans are no longer marked, but an unmarked mute swan on the Thames is regarded as belonging to the Queen by default.

They pair for life.

 A youngster a bit too close to the road for my liking, but I guess being brought up here they know their boundaries.

The same bird as above.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) male....

 Female...

As above.

Gull, I never normally see gulls where we live; I know that they change from summer to winter plumage so I am not going to try and identify further.  I am sure to get it wrong!....
Thanks David "your gulls are Lesser Black-backed Gull and Black-headed Gull."

another Gull.


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

16/12/2017 A few more photos around Devizes.

Maximum temperature 6C,  Minimum -1C,  Still a bitterly cold wind!! 

Taken through the lounge window, a male blackbird in the apple tree.

The building to which this doorway provides access was erected in 1785 by John Anstie, for the manufacture of woollen cloth. It was one of the first cloth factories in the West of England and the sculpture shows some of the processes used.

The former Nags Head public house, a Grade II listed building, which now appears to have been converted into flats.

 The Kennet and Avon Canal is a waterway in southern England with an overall length of 140kms  (87 miles) between Bristol and London. 

One of the narrow boats that are used for trips and tramsportation on the canal.

As above.

I suspect that all of these narrow boats are homes,

Just a view down the canal.

One of the bridges over the canal with a canoe passing underneath...

Far too energetic and too cold for me, but this canoeist seems happy enough!


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Friday, December 15, 2017

15/12/2017 A walk around Devizes, Wiltshire, UK

Maximum temperature 6C,  Minimum 1C,  Some rain and bitterly cold wind.
Some of the shops ...

Walter Rose & Son is a multiple award-winning retail and catering butcher - excellent, but not cheap!!....

Have you ever tasted the fabulous Wadworth range of beers, including the ubiquitous 6X?  If so, did you know they come from Devizes?

Many pubs around the town and lots of  them Wadworth, though this sign is a free house, so not tied to any particular brewery...

The famous statue of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of the harvest, adorns the Corn Exchange and keeps vigil over the Market Place...

The Bear hotel - Local annals record the licence was granted in 1559, but it was thought to be a hostelry long before that!  It overlooks the market square...

A close up of the bear from above...

Clock tower of the Devizes Shambles, an early butchers market, now used for fairs and markets in the town centre...

The Market Cross was designed by Benjamin Wyatt and built in 1814.

Monument & Fountain, Market Square, Devizes
A complicated structure combining a statue, fountain and reservoir! Inscription under the bowl says everything you wanted to know! It was erected  in 1879 from public subscriptions to the memory of the Right Honorable Thomas H.S. Sotheron Astcourt, a local Member of Parliament  for 33 years. 

Looks as if the birds like the company of Thomas HS...

Primulas growing in a pot...

and it seems the tractors are following me from France to the UK! LOL.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

13/12/2017 Dismal, dark and grey with rain.

Maximum temperature 5C,  Minimum 3C,  Raining, dark and damp!
Shopping in Devizes this morning...

as above...

The Pound shop, some very interesting items for only a £.

Sainsbury's supermarket.

Christmas tree at the old age home close to my FIL's house...

We stopped by for lunch there today, it was very reasonable and yummy.  Lamb's liver and bacon.

Loved this Father Christmas dressed in white and gold.

Last, but certainly not least, is this poodle who goes by the name of Essi, wearing a blanket saying please do not distract me. A service dog or assistance dog helping the disabled.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

11/12/2017 Had to go to Swindon Hospital for my FIL to have tests - A few drive by photos. Brrrrrrr.

Maximum temperature today in Wiltshire 1C minimum -6C !!












Now why was the only place with no snow Avebury, have the stones got some secret magic?


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

10/12/2017 Bye bye sunshine, hello rain and snow!!!!!

09/12/2017 Leaving Nevis by Ferry 28° C....

Arriving at St Kitts...

At St Kitts.  
Nigel took photos at the airport and we do not have the cable here to download, so no airport shots!

On the road having left Gatwick airport...

As above.

In FIL's garden and still snowing  0° C !!!!!