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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A Bit of Colour

These grow in mum and dad's front garden. A lovely cheering spot of colour.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Memorandum Monday: A Little Bit of Cheerfulness

I am extending a wave to Sian and all the Monday bloggers. The main thing that I have learnt this weekend is that from my past experience of being a nurse it is far easier to be the busy one rushing around the ward than it is to be the helpless relative.
A little bit of cheerfulness came to give us all a breath of much needed fresh air. This was in the shape of my great nephew who did a grand job of distracting us all.

Come and see us again soon young man!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Sun Shines

Yesterday was after a foggy start another sunny autumn day.

Much of which we spent visiting dad.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Autumn Around Us

The colours continue to change around us.

My father is very unwell so my posts may be brief or absent over the next few days.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Short Story: Night

Joining Miriam with her Six Word Story. This week's word is night.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Trying out the Walk

Last week my friend and I did a "trial run" or should I say walk for our walking group. It is quite important for someone to test the route prior to the group walking it to check for any problems, detours etc. It was just as well as we managed to take the wrong way twice!
It looks to be a promising walk following the River Chew.

We have sussed a coffee stop in Chew Magna and even a scarecrow to see on route.

There will hopefully be time to look around the church.

And to admire the Autumn colours.

Everyone is always keen to know how many stiles there are. This walk is well blessed with kissing gates which are easier to manage. There is one stile.

It is not compulsory but they can use it if they are feeling left out!
 The climb towards the end is rewarded with fabulous views.

Then the last stretch gives views across the Chew Valley Lake.

I think they will enjoy it and the fish and chips which of course we tried out!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Snap: Tick Tock

A new cafe in the village of Chew Stoke in Bell Lane is built on the site of an old clock making business. The Bilbie family made bells and later long case clocks in the 17th Century in the village. The cafe has a display of clocks on one wall in recognition of this connection.

This gave me an idea to join in with Helena's Snap this week. So I found a few local clocks.

1. Firstly a snippet of a very early church clock built by the above mentioned Bilbie family and still preserved in Chew Stoke Church. 

2. In another part of the Chew Valley in the village of East Harptree this clock rower is at the top of the street.

3. Moving over to Bath a slightly different view of the Holy Trinity Church clock on Combe Down.

4. Looking through the window of Combe Down's tiny museum I spotted this clock. Not the best quality picture.

Have you ever used one of these? Clocking in and out was the procedure for many workers at the start and finish of their shift. This is from one of the old stone quarries. I had a job as a cleaner in a hospital on leaving college where we used such a system. It was not foolproof as far as I recall. It was not unknown at lunchtime to clock back in and then sit down for another 10 minutes or so if the supervisor was not in sight! Do you have any memories of using such a clock?