The second port of call on our whirlwind stop-over to Oxford was the Pitt Rivers Museum, which I last visited some 25 years ago with my mum whilst researching masks for an A Level art project on the grotesque. The only things I could remember about the place was the huge totem pole and the tiny shrunken heads.
The first port of call after arriving in Oxford on Wednesday was the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. The museum covers five floors and contains thousands of objects from all eras of human evolution.
Iford Manor, situated between Bath and Bradford-On-Avon, has some wonderful grounds with an Italian-style garden. The manor was home to architect and designer Harold Peto from 1899-1933, who created the gardens.
It had been abut ten years since I last did the touristy thing in Bath, so visited the Roman Baths, Museum of Fashion and the Victoria Gallery on a special ticket thingy.
I was lucky enough to visit an exhibition by the Bath Textile Artists whilst visiting Corsham back in March called “From Here To There”. I found it very inspirational and took a few photos for my own records.
Mum and I visited the historic market town of Corsham back in March. It was a lovely day so we took a few photos of St Bartholomew’s church with its graveyard full of primroses (and a very friendly cat).
From 2009 to 2014 I photographed St Barnabas Church from my bedroom window. It became a bit of a project during the latter half of 2010, when I realised I had been photographing the church almost every week as the weather changed and I continued this through all of 2012. I must have had enough by 2013 as there aren’t many, and I took my last and only photos from 2014 in July, a few weeks before moving house. There was an absolutely fantastic sunset, and a prefect way to finish the project.
There was a lovely low sun when I visited the American Museum on Sunday, so as well as some inside, I took a few photos of the view from Claverton Manor before leaving.
A few photos of Bishop’s Palace and Wells Cathedral.
I finally got around to taking some photos of a few of the plants in my new garden. The passion flower has gone bananas since it was taken out its pot and planted in the earth. I even found a fruit!
Here’s a few photos of Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire I took whilst visiting in March. There is a lovely little Saxon church (St Laurence’s) just before the town centre and a interesting town bridge with a small domed building on it which was the overnight lockup for naughty people.
Here’s a few photos I took whilst visiting Dorchester last month, which was a wonderful sunny day.
On a recent trip back to Bath to see the folks, I decided to take a look around the little cemetery at the end of the road. It was used as a bit of a spooky playground as a child and a cut-through for my paper-round as a teenager, so has always been one of the fixtures of my childhood and not a place I’ve really taken the time to look over. It turns out the two chapels within are more interesting than I thought, but the sun (and time) was not on my side so I only took a few close-up photos. Next time I go back to Bath I’ll try to get some more.
I visited Arnos Vale Cemetery (a vast place) last March and thought it was about time I sorted out the photos I took and publish them. It had been about seventeen years since I last visited, at which point it was in a bad way with some parts so overgrown as to be completely impenetrable. It is now a wonderful place to visit and wander around without fear of falling into an open grave!
The Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre is now open again and I managed to get a few photos whilst the sun was briefly out this morning!
Photos of St Barnabas from Jul 2014, taken from my bedroom window. I took a series of photos and stitched them together as the sky was absolutely fantastic.
Photos of St Barnabas from Sep 2013, taken from my bedroom window. Some impressive clouds.
Photos of St Barnabas from Aug 2013, taken from my bedroom window. Some impressive clouds.
Something I’ve been planning on doing for ages (ok, years) is photographing the Salvation Army fields in Hadleigh as the seasons change. The fields overlook the Thames Estuary from Essex over to Kent, and there are some lovely scenes during the year. I finally got around to taken some photos a couple of weeks ago at about 4pm, just as the sun was setting.
Photos of St Barnabas from Oct 2012, taken from my bedroom window. Moon over the bell tower.
Photos of St Barnabas from Sep 2012, taken from my bedroom window.
Photographs taken in Venice, Italy on Tuesday 11th September 2012.
Photographs taken in Padua, Italy on Monday 10th September 2012.
Mummy and I discovered the Botanical Gardens in Padua when we were let loose for the afternoon during our visit to Italy for my brother’s wedding. A beautiful place.
Photographs taken on a day trip out on Sunday 9th September 2012. Starting with Villa Pisani, then boarding a boat at Dolo for a trip along the Riviera del Brenta, visiting Villa Widmann and Villa Foscari (aka “La Malcontenta”) along the way.
Photographs taken in Abano Terme, Italy on Friday 7th September 2012.
Photos of St Barnabas from Apr 2012, taken from my bedroom window. A golden sunset.
Photos of St Barnabas from Feb 2012, taken from my bedroom window. A picturesque snow scene.