061216.Walcot, Catch the Breeze

December 16, 2006 at 8:14 AM | Posted in Architecture, kite, Sculpture, Supernatural, Trees, Walcot | 6 Comments


What can I say? There are nice things on roofs, and I don’t mean shingles.

Now, anyone can put together a simple arrow weathervane, but the more artistic the vane, the more engineering needs to go into it. To catch the wind properly, the vane’s rear portion needs to have a broader surface than the front, but to swing freely, the (smaller) front must weigh approximately as much as the back. What does this mean, exactly? It means you can’t just throw any old sculpture you like onto a roof and call it a weathervane.

061215.Claverton Down, Night of the Boat on the Breeze

December 15, 2006 at 6:17 PM | Posted in Architecture, Claverton Down, cumulus clouds, Riverboats, Ships, somerset | 6 Comments

061029.132.Somset.Bath.Claverton Down.Bathwick Hill Rd.jpg

…and what’s pretty by day is even prettier in pink, right? I think there’s even a movie about that.
061029.132.Somset.Bath.Claverton Down.Bathwick Hill Rd

061214.Claverton Down, Flying in the Breeze or Floating on a Cloud?

December 14, 2006 at 10:33 PM | Posted in Bath, Claverton Down, cumulus clouds, Riverboats, Ships, somerset | 3 Comments

061024.002.Somset.Bath.Claverton Down.BathwickHill Rd

This is locationed on Bathwick Hill Road, on the way down from the Uni to the city.

061024.002.Somset.Bath.Claverton Down.BathwickHill Rd

061213.Bath, Ever Consider Living on a Boat?

December 13, 2006 at 10:42 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, river, River Avon, Riverboats, somerset | 12 Comments

This is the River Avon and the North Parade Bridge.


This made me think of a description of “Fred” that I had heard on the radio. “Fred’s the kind of guy who when the subject comes up of future plans will tell you that he’s thinking pretty seriously of moving onto a boat.”

FYI: Fred Schultz says about himself: “My whole life I’ve had a thing about mermaids, and dolphins, but mermaids.”

(Will post daily photos again on Monday. There will be no internet service on Saturday and Sunday, sorry.)

Follow up: I can’t imagine there would be structural papers due on a boat.

061212.Glastonbury, Find the Spiderweb

December 12, 2006 at 8:35 PM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, cemeteries - churchyards - and tombstones, Chisel Marks, Gardens & Parks, Glastonbury, Overcast, Preservation, Ruins, somerset, spiderweb | 6 Comments

Glastonbury Abbey Abbott’s Hall ruin, looking toward the Crossing. Glastonbury’s current ruined state results from its dissolution at the hands of Henry VIII, who removed the lead roof and took the maintenance money.

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“The Vietnam War couldn’t have gone on for as long as it did, certainly, if it hadn’t been human nature to regard persons it didn’t know and didn’t care to know, even if they were in agony, as insignificant. A few human beings have struggled against this most natural of tendencies, and have expressed pity for unhappy strangers. But, as History shows, as History yells: ‘They have never been numerous!’
“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do the maintenance.”


In other news, Rumsfeld made a suprise visit to Iraq this week, which will also be his last.

Rumsfeld’s Swan Song in Iraq

061211.Walcot, The High Common from Cavendish Crescent

December 11, 2006 at 11:46 PM | Posted in Bath, somerset, Trees, Walcot | 3 Comments

How is it 11:50pm on December 11th already!!! I can’t believe how fast time flies….the only advantage is an opportunity to catch up eating my Cadbury advent chocolates. …but deadlines….sigh.


061210.Bath, Sunday Fishin’

December 10, 2006 at 6:55 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Canals, Claverton Down, countryside, Peephole Views, people, river, somerset | 8 Comments

061024.016.Somset.Bath.Bathwick.Kennet and Avon Canal.Just Fishin

Going to be busy for a while and can’t get out. Enjoy some photos from a while ago. This was fishing on the Kenneth and Avon Canal.

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