070304.Winsley, Total Eclipse of the Port

March 4, 2007 at 3:03 AM | Posted in Bath, Ducks, people, Reflection, Riverboats, Wiltshire, Winsley | 9 Comments


Now, don’t miss the boat….

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…It’s coming….

070303.070.WiltsD’oh….what did I tell you!

Lame captioning, I know. Was going to include the canalboat “Moonraker,” or at least “Moonbeam” to correspond with the eclipse but apparently they weren’t interesting enough to photograph.

OK, so this was the test of what it takes to be a good camera. At 9:30 PM on the 3rd of March, I started waiting for the lunar eclipse; it came. And then when I went to take the photo of the first few seconds…nothing. Although my eye could see a difference, my camera could not. The eclipse has gone on for hours now. It’s nice and if you want to see it on other people’s blogs. I’d redirect you but I might do that poorly as well. [Bastia, Bath, Bordeaux, Mainz, Rome, Taunton, ]

070302.Farleigh Wick, Dog Jogging

March 2, 2007 at 12:02 AM | Posted in Canals, countryside, Farleigh Wick, Light and Shadow, Reflection, Riverboats, somerset | 7 Comments

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A lot of people jog along the Kennet and Avon Canal, sometimes even with their dogs. This is, by the way, where all the dogs are in the Bath area. The city is full of cats and its only in the surrounding scenic countryside are the dogs visible.


I also feel like running, or something, but I’m stuck in class all day and by the time I get out I won’t want to anymore.

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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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.

070116.Salisbury, The Tragic Treasury-6

January 16, 2007 at 12:11 AM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, Light and Shadow, Pilgrimage, Reflection, Salisbury, Sculpture, Supernatural, Vaults, Wiltshire | 18 Comments


This abyss, this lightless void
this abyss of world destroyed
this abyss, all deep, all wide
this abyss of being denied


Even in the darkest forest
Fireflies are flickering…but not in
this abyss of black increase
this abyss without surcease


Even in the deepest ocean
is a little moonlight…but not in
this abyss of night unbound;
this abyss without sound


Even in your bedroom shadows
There is something moving…but not in
This abyss, this all-below
This abyss; this death, this “no.”

–“This Abyss”by the Gothic Archies.

Hey, I won’t be checking this very often for a week or two but will get back to everyone after that.

070108.Bathwick, Pulteney Bridge

January 8, 2007 at 12:22 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Doric Order, Light and Shadow, Pevsner, Pulteney Bridge, Reflection, Restoration, river, River Avon, somerset, Vaults | 14 Comments

Designed by Robert Adam and built by William Johnstone Pulteney from 1769 to 1774, Pulteney Bridge is easily one of the city’s most recognizable features. It has shops on both sides (though the south face, shown, is the glamorous one). The bridge connects the city centre to Bathwick, then owned entirely by the Pulteney family. Adam also designed Bathwick but his designs were never carried out and Thomas Baldwin constructed Great Pulteney Street and the rest of Bathwick, as it stands now, until he was fired. Here’s a description of the bridge from the Pevsner Architectural Guide: “A central pavilion has an open pediment and a great Venetian window, and the wings have pavilion features over each pier. Square pavilions sit on the abutments, with domes and pediments and, originally, porticoes facing outward. The street elevations are broadly similar but flanking wings each have three arched openings to form shopfronts with doorways between. All this sounds monumental. In fact, it is a surprisingly small bridge, friendly in its dimensions. In 1792 Thomas Baldwin added a storey, removed the porticoes and altered the shopfronts. After the NW mid-stream pier collapsed in 1800, John Pinch the Elder, now surveyor to the Bathwick Estate, appears to have reconstructed the N side in 1802-4 to a plainer design and a deeper plan….” (1) It has been altered and reconstructed many times since then.
1: Michael Forsyth, Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 82.

It’s still raining so I’m reaching back a few days, again.

070105.Dolmeads, North Parade Bridge and Pulteney Bridge Glowing in the Early Morning

January 5, 2007 at 1:06 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Chisel Marks, Light and Shadow, Pulteney Bridge, Reflection, river, River Avon, somerset, Trees | 8 Comments

Seen from the Dolmeads section of Bath, here is the frequently posted North Parade Bridge, which extended the North Parade, the elegant and exclusive street that ran between the Lower Assembly Rooms (no longer around) in Bowling Green and architect John Wood the Elder’s exclusive North Parade Houses (originally called the Grand Parade Houses in the 1740s-50s, and according to one source: Gallaway’s Buildings).

The bridge was constructed between 1835-1836 by engineer W. Tierney Clark, and its original structure was “cast iron with ashlar piers, one enclosing a staircase to the riverside, another formerly a toll collector’s residence. F. R. Sisson, City Engineer, clad the span in ashlar in 1936-7. The bridge continues as a viaduct to the east, with two lodges, 1835-6, in Jacobean style with well-preserved strapwork.” (1)

Built to give connection between city and Widcombe, with an original halfpenny toll charge. It was also “a respectable, safe, and ornamental approach, which is at present attainable by circuitous route over the Old Bridge (at all times ineligible for female pedestrians of respectability), or by endeavoring to avoid Scylla falling on Charybdis and wading through that reproach to the neighborhood, the filthy and odious Dolmeads” (2)
Looming over the bridge is the Victorian beheameth, the Empire Hotel, and in the arch of the bridge is Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge.

1: Michael Forsyth, Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 109.
2: John Ede, Special Walks (Bath: Department of Leisure and Tourist Services, Bath City Council, 1984), 19.

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