071225.Happy Christmas

March 31, 2008 at 4:37 PM | Posted in Bath, Christmas, people, Towers | 5 Comments

Resize of 071212.001.SO.Bath

071224.Last Minute

December 24, 2007 at 8:18 PM | Posted in Bath, Christmas | 4 Comments

Christmas Paper

070103.Bradford-on-Avon, Norman Era Bridge

January 3, 2007 at 6:01 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bradford-on-Avon, Bridges, Cathedrals and churches, Chisel Marks, Christmas, Overcast, people, river, River Avon, towns, Vaults, Wiltshire | 13 Comments

Thanks for all the comments. There are a ton of great buildings around where I live now and am grateful for it. (However, I’d trade it all in for a Wendys.)


In keeping up the closer-look at the bridge theme, I took a train today to Bradford-upon-Avon, which is the next town over on the rail. It’s a beautiful little place with many old buildings. This is one of the oldest bridges in the UK. It has a Norman core but was widened and refaced.

The cupola-ed goiter at the back there, hanging off the side of the bridge was originally a chapel. Back in the day, chapels were oft built on bridges because in taking out your coin purse (hopefully hidden from pickpockets) to pay the toll to cross, you couldn’t hide it quickly enough when passing the chapel and a donation arose from guilt. That’s my interpretation anyway. Since bridges were rare, and good bridges (such as this one) were utilized by merchants on long journeys for moving their goods, the location of these chapels guaranteed easy-to-find places where travelers could quickly pray for their journey on the road ahead.

This one was converted into a prison (you can still see the bars on the window!)

061225.Sydney, Ahoy! Happy Christmas! Time for the Family

December 25, 2006 at 5:54 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Christmas, people, siblings | 7 Comments

This is my Great Uncle Bill. I’ll ‘fess to not having taken this one.

The photo dates from the 1950s-60s and was taken on his merchant marine ship (he was captain) in Sydney harbor for a local paper there. He must have been docked for a while since the paper gave him this proof back with a stamp asking him not to publish it elsewhere. I imagine that copyright has worn off since then.

I never met the man, so I can only refer to his passport to find out when he was there. It was issued in 1959 and cancelled in 1977. It claims he only entered Australia once: “Brisbane, Queensland: 31 March 1961,” however, he’s in LeHavre by the 23 June that
year, which voids Christmas. Most likely, I’m guess this indicates the photo then is pre-1959. Ho, ho, ho!


Heard a story about a Tobias, 21, from a town near Berlin who saved for half a year to travel to Sydney for Christmas2006. It was his first international flight and he booked over the internet to save money. He misspelled his destination though and ended up in Sidney. Sidney is a small town in Montana. They were friendly to him and offered a free flight back to Germany but he turned it down for a one way to Sydney. He was stuck in Denver over Christmas due to the snow and finally made it to Australia to see his girlfriend. He currently has no funds for a return to Germany.

061224.Bath, Last Minute Christmas Posts!

December 24, 2006 at 1:25 PM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Christmas, doorways, people, somerset, towns | 4 Comments


The Royal Post has been collecting on Sundays, and has been emptying the post drops regularly. Here, it was so full that old women wait around to drop their letters into the mailmen’s own collection bags. Ho, ho, ho!

061223.Westonbirt, A Tree with Trimmings

December 23, 2006 at 6:07 AM | Posted in Christmas, countryside, Gardens & Parks, Olive Trees, Trees, Westonbirt | 7 Comments


Holiday Fact: When kept alive and away from your house, Christmas trees are both environmentally friendly and pose less of a fire hazard to your house and loved ones. Ho, ho, ho!

061221. 5/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

December 21, 2006 at 3:39 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Christmas, Crowns, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Overcast, people, somerset, Towers | 5 Comments


Koishikawa yuki no ashita

Originally titled ‘Christmas Delights:’ She later claimed to the officers on the scene that she had no idea her little cocooned babe couldn’t breath…Ho, ho, ho!

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