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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cardiff - A Winter wonderland

and some soothing music.

I dont know who made this video but many thanks to whoever did.

A Merry Christmas to you all.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Snow - At least its seasonal

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If only we could cope with it, when we have snow like this, the whole country just grinds to a halt.
But this has happened now for the last two years, and if its the weather pattern of the future then surely we have to change and invest in facilities to deal with adverse weather.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In the Bleak Mid Winter

In the Bleak Mid Winter by Christina Rossetti, its one of my favourites!

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

Friday, December 10, 2010


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The next village along from Taffs Well going towards Cardiff is Tongwynlais.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Before and after

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The top is the old road bridge to Taffs Well but now its by passed by the A470, certainly making for a quieter village with the volume of traffic today .

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Winter Sun

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Its quickly disappearing, and then you notice how cold it is.

Monday, November 29, 2010

A sprinkling of snow

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The first of the snow. It hasn't been this early since 1993.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Garden Life

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There still some life in the garden. The cowslips usually flower in April so they are out of sync flowering now. But I read recently that someone else has also had some flowering.

The fungi just crops up but it adds that bit of colour.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jane Austen

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For all Austen fans I expect Winchester is a bit of a pilgrimage! Why ?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Saint Swithun

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Saint Swithun day is on the 15th July and is an important day for weather watchers because, if it rains on St Swithuns day it will rain for the next 40 days.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winchester Cathedral

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The top two are of the nave and if you look at the roof upside down you can see the resemblance to the structure of a ship.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sound ll by Antony Gormley

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This is in the crypt at Winchester Cathedral.
Because the crypt is built below the water table, when the water rises the crypt floods, this is then the best time to see the statue.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rememberance Day

This is an original wooden cross brought back from the First World War cemeteries.
Its now in Winchester Cathedral crypt.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

As it was

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Copied from the Bush collection.
This is just down from where we live. The bus stop is roughly where the telegraph pole is in the picture.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The last tram

Not my picture but one that shows the end of an era.
Whilst the passing off the coal industry is still mourned by some, the upside is that it has made the valleys a far greener environment. In fact some of the valleys are now possibly the best that they have ever been. The air and the rivers are fresh and clean.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Caerphilly castle

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These were taken on  a stroll around the castle moat.  I think its one of the largest castles in the UK.  

The leaning tower was damaged by Cromwells army during the Civil War and angle of lean is more than that of the Tower of Pisa. 

The pictures were taken on my phone.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Along the coast from Barry island

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We have had some glorious days, much too good to stay indoors, so have a breath of sea air.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Last of the summer colours?

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There is still some colour left in the garden.....but not for long though.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Autumn's here

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The colours are just beginning to appear.
Its amazing how quick it all happens, as the colours of the trees have changed again in the last few days.