© all rights reserved.

Just click on the pictures to enlarge.

Saturday, December 15, 2018


Following on from the last post the rain is still coming down even as I write this there are yellow warnings out for the wind and rain and even snow.  So its a "confined to barracks" day.

But last week there were a few clear days so we went over to Bristol in the van.  Bristol has so much history  as its  wealth as a port and city was built upon firstly by ships involved in  transporting slaves  and then sugar from the West Indies. In later years its growth was due to the tobacco industry and then the aircraft industry.

As a  this wealth there was much building with many of them still remaining.  Its has far more historic buildings than Cardiff   as Cardiff as a city only grew with the coal in the early 19 Century.

As is nearly always the case the best way to see things is to walk around.  

These photos were taken on a walk up to Clifton and across the Downs.

Clifton Observatory.

Its well worth visiting just to use the Camera Obscura  and the walk down through the tunnels to the Giants Cave and the views of the gorge.

This is the iconic Clifton Suspension bridge built by Isombard Kingdom Brunel.

My favourite memories of this bridge is from 1970 when watching the SS Great Britain being towed underneath it when she was brought back from the Falklands.

It was an emotional scene as the SS Great Britain was returning to its home berth for the very last time.

I haven't posted a picture as there are copyright issues but the link shows them.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018


From the end of November we have had lots and lots of rain, with only a few clear spells.  So not much cycling.  

These were from a wet night in Cardiff.