061011.Bath, North Parade Bridge

October 17, 2006 at 8:57 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, Pigeon, river, River Avon, somerset, Waterfront | 2 Comments

Looks like the pigeon is climbing stairs.


061010.Bath, Autumn Approaches

October 17, 2006 at 8:52 PM | Posted in Bath, countryside, Gardens & Parks, somerset | 1 Comment

Fall is coming and the leaves are beginning to turn in this field off the River Avon.



061009.Bristol, Happy Columbus Day from John Cabot’s 1497 “Matthew”

October 17, 2006 at 8:48 PM | Posted in Bristol, Overcast, Ships, somerset, towns, Waterfront | 4 Comments

 Happy Columbus Day!
Born in 1450 Genoa as Giovanni Caboto, this contemporary of Columbus could have had today’s national holiday named after him if the English Bristol merchants had been quicker with the funding. Like Columbus, Caboto shopped around for investors when Columbus was able to woo the Spanish crown. By the time Caboto finally got funding, several other countries had already sent ships to the New World and Caboto’s discovery options were limited. Blame it on his ESL, all Caboto was able to “discover” and creatively christen was Newfoundland. He himself was renamed and remembered in history as John Cabot, so the English claim to America would be less indebted to Italy.

Note Bristol Cathedral’s three towers in the upper left background. This ship’s construction began in 1994 and was finished in 1996. It set sail from Bristol to Newfoundland on 2 May 1997 on the exact 500th anniversary of Cabot’s voyage. (It’s debated whether it was 2 May or 20 May 1497). The modern voyage ran into a storm and didn’t beat Cabot’s record but it still made it.

Above photos from left to right: 061003.183., 061003.185. The hanging round plate that looks like a compass was a time peg board used to mark off the half hours to judge distance. The crew member telling me about this also told me about sailor’s eyepatches. Apparently, the stereotyped sailor eyepatch didn’t cover a blind or missing eye, it covered the good eye. In a pre-compass world, the uncovered eye was used to stare at the sun to take down coordinations and this eye would be the one that went blind. To prevent total blindness, sailors wore an eyepatch on their good eye. That’s smart thinking.

061008.Warwick, Castle

October 17, 2006 at 8:43 PM | Posted in Architecture, Castles, Towers, Warwick, Warwickshire | 1 Comment

Took a trip to Warwickshire today. Will include other photos and a description later.


061008.210.Warwks.Warwick.On top of the Mound.Caesar Tower and Main Bldg

061007.Bath, Bath Street, Austen Strikes Again!

October 17, 2006 at 8:33 PM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Horses, Jane Austen, Overcast, somerset | 1 Comment

This is becomming almost personal between Austen and me. I was turning down Bath Street toward the Cross Baths for a shortcut when, lo and behold, I ran into all of these Austen groupies. “Persuasion,” which won’t be shown on TV until March, took over the entire street and even brought their own lamp posts. The production company set up Bath Street as a market street, more or less like a Sunday flea market with all the stalls and crazy outfits.
061007.049.Somset.Bath.Bath St.Filming Austen's Persuasion near the Cross Bath

061007.025.Somset.Bath.Bath St.Filming Austen's Persuasion near the Cross Bath

061006.Bath, Royal Crescent, Jane Austen’s Digital Camera

October 17, 2006 at 8:21 PM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Horses, Jane Austen, Overcast, somerset | Leave a comment


Again, filming Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” at the Royal Crescent. On his break, this chap took out his digital camera from a watch pocket and took some great shots of his horses and carriage. The only shot I got was him reviewing his pictures.

061006.Bath, Royal Crescent, The Face Off: “Get Down!”

October 17, 2006 at 8:18 PM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Crescents, Jane Austen, Overcast, somerset | 1 Comment

Damn that Jane Austen and her filming crew! First, she blocked my entry at the Pump Room, and then on Wednesday she foiled my Conservation class’s field trip to the Assemby Rooms, and now she blocks off the entire Royal Crescent. I took these shots with the ultra zoom lens from Royal Victoria Park. There were two coaches present and the horses looked as if they were going to play chicken with each other.
I’ve posted several different creatures on this photoblog so far (cows, cats, spiders, pig carvings, and now horses), but no chickens yet. I did take a shot of some roosters and a duck from the Glastonbury Rural Life Museum. Maybe you’ll see them tomorrow. I should post some of the other shots from today too. The driver of one coach had a single muttonchop sideburn from the costume shop that didn’t connect well with his actual hair. Clearly on film, he was only meant to wear a hat and be seen from one direction. During the breaks, a couple of the other Austen-era costumed actors were taking digital pictures of the horses and architecture as well. [See the clip here.]


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