070301.Newton-St. Low, THEME DAY: “Men at Work:” Life in a Crew Shell

March 1, 2007 at 1:12 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bridges, Corston, countryside, Fishing, Light and Shadow, Mansion, Newbridge, Newton St. Loe, people, Reflection, river, River Avon, Riverboats, Ships, somerset, Trees, Vaults, Waterfront | 7 Comments

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-Lady’s (above) and Men’s (below) crew teams (I want to give even representation to both sexes.)-
OK, so people apparently like not having any buildings posted for a change. I figure since most of the audience for this blog are folks not completely consumed by historical buildings but are from around here who have since moved away or people who once vacationed here and in both cases want to see some of the good “home-time” scenes. Hopefully these qualify. I aim to please the people. I must mention to please take note of the New Bridge, which defines the connection between the fields of Newton St. Low and Newbridge section of Bath. 070204.09.Somset.Bath.LowerWeston.New Bridge070204.15.Somset.Bath.LowerWeston.New Bridge
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070204.37.Somset.Corston looking toward Kelston
The abovbe photo is from neighbouring Corston, Somerset — just farther along the River Avon on its way to Bristol. Below is the sheep pasture of Newton-St. Low, which has a village center that I have yet to get to.
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070206.Newton-St. Loe, “…and every time I said a Hail Mary I caught a fish.”

February 6, 2007 at 12:07 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Bridges, countryside, Fishing, Gardens & Parks, Light and Shadow, Newbridge, Newton St. Loe, Reflection, river, River Avon, somerset | 6 Comments

070204.77.Somset.Newton St.Loe.New Brige. Cammo Fisherwoman
There are countless fishing techniques to catch “the big one.”

How are your worms doing?
Condition them for the best result. This will make a mixture for 500 worms:

1. 1/2 cup cornmeal
2. 1 minced garlic clove
3. 5 crushed eggshells
4. 3/4 lb worm bedding or shredded paper
5. 1/2 cup coffee grounds

Some people like to limit noise and vibrations they make while on or near the water.

Others believe that noise or worms aren’t important but lure fish to their area with large quantities of beer spilled in the water.

Still others turn to prayer. Freddo’s technique of a Hail Mary before dropping the line in the water always brought something unexpected.

But this Newton-St Loenite knows the real trick to catching fish: camouflage. Fish won’t be able to see her for miles, they haven’t a chance.

The bridge in back spanning the River Avon is New Bridge, which to me resembles a dolphin’s face. Constructed originally in 1734, it was widened in the 1820s. On the western side is Newton-St. Loe but the river marks the western edge of the City of Bath’s Newbridge/Lower Weston neighborhood with New Bridge Road.

061116.Salisbury, Just Fishin’

November 16, 2006 at 12:17 AM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, countryside, Fishing, Overcast, people, Salisbury, Sheep, Towers, Wiltshire | 3 Comments


Just got back from Stonehenge and and a lecture given by the architect in charge of Salisbury Cathedral (tallest Crossing Tower of British Cathedrals) at Sarum College in Salisbury. Nothing to report yet.

Seems almost inhuman to go from the sunny Ionic column posts back to the medieval Overcast Kingdom.

I should add that from this angle and distance, the tallest spire in Britain and accompanying cathedral looks porportionately very similiar to a small New England village church and steeple.

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