Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Apologies for all you out there. We realise that we have been extremely tardy in keeping up the daily element of our blog of late. Several reasons... Firstly I (Emma) passed all responsibility for the upkeep of our blog to him (Tom) and look what happens? And secondly we have been away.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
This shot shows a part of Orange Grove in Bath, it could be anywhere in Europe! Orange Grove has no oranges: the name comes from a visit by William of Orange in 1734. An obelisk stands in the circular garden, which is called Alkmaar after Bath's twin town in Holland.
This is Orange Grove in 1930!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
The new bus station is now open and fully operational. It has made a big difference to that part of Bath which had become gridlocked with traffic due to the construction.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
There are endless places to go in Bath. These are just a few of them! I am ashamed to admit I have never been to Prior Park Garden. Can you believe it? Me a gardener! Anyway, it's on my list of things to do this summer!
Lovely blog award goes to:
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
This shot was taken using my latest new 'old' Polaroid which is a model from the 1970's and is white plastic with a rainbow stripe! Very retro. We were browsing in our local book shop yet again and I decided to take this photo to see how it would turn out! Notice John and Yoko taking centre stage!
Saturday, 6 June 2009
It was originally built as a cinema in 1934 before being used as a dance school and bingo hall from the end of the sixties. It is now used for conferences, concerts, meetings, graduation ceremonies and users include local choirs, orchestras, schools, colleges and universities as well as businesses. It is a lovely building and I hope one day it will become a cinema again!
Have a great weekend everybody :)
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Iford Manor sits on the steep slopes of the idyllic Frome valley, which itself has been occupied since Roman times. The house is mediaeval in origin, the classical façade having been added in the 18th century when the hanging woodlands above the garden were planted.
Iford is best known for its Grade I internationally listed Gardens, designed during the early part of the 20th century by the garden architect Harold Peto . He lived at Iford from 1899 until his death in 1933 during which time he built up an extensive collection of artefacts, brought back from his travels abroad. His great love of the Italianate style is plainly evident at Iford, where flowers occupy a subordinate place amongst the more structural elements of cypress, statuary, broad walks and pools.
In addition to his planting and structural work, Peto also created a cloister, his "Haunt of Ancient Peace", where he displayed many of his treasures. Today this building is used as an intimate venue for opera and other musical events during the summer months. Iford Manor was the recipient of the Historic Houses Association/Chies Garden of the Year Award in 1998.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
Not the cheeriest subject for a Friday, but wishing you all a very good weekend all the same. The UK is destined to have more good weather for once! We are off to a family wedding so lets hope that the sun keeps shining!
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
The bus station on the other hand is quite a radical departure for Bath...
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Dyrham Park was built at the end of the 17th century for Sir William Blathwayt. It's our local National Trust property and Emma has been here countless times as well as worked here over two winters pruning in the gardens. This place is beautiful and the house and the garden have been used for many films over the years including Remains of the Day. There is a huge deer park where you can occasionally see the deer grazing. It's a timeless corner of England.
This view is the original front of the house and the lawn was the grand driveway leading up to the house. The Trust are in the process of changing the gardens at the moment with new planting and some new layouts. This week we will show you the church and graveyard which is fascinating (if you like graveyards - which we strangely do!)
Monday, 25 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
This is St Martin's Church in a tiny village called Northstoke just a few miles from Bath. I have been working right by this place in a garden and took these shots today. This site has been visited by pilgrims for 1,700 years and certainly there was a church here in Roman times. The house opposite the church was a Roman villa and shows the layout still to this day in having a courtyard. All the gravestones are sliding down the hill and the place is incredibly other-worldly, peaceful and ancient.
This ancient yew tree is thought to be between 800 and 1000 years old. Which is pretty staggering. It is possible that it was a seedling when the Normans rebuilt the church in the late 11th century. There is a lot of very interesting history to this place and I will show you more this week. There is a wonderful view across the valley to Bristol as this place is set high up on the hills. It is possible to see the old Roman terraces on the north hills, which are south facing and where they grew vines. (This all just sends a shiver right down my neck!)
Monday, 18 May 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Silbury Hill is the largest neolithic man-made mound in all of Europe. It was constructed at the same time as the Egyptians were building the pyramids. We visited it while on a day out at Avebury to see the stone circles that can be found there. I imagine the views from the top are great but you are not allowed access for obvious reasons.