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Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Delightful Spot On My Way Home



Something a little different from me today.

I am most fortunate and blessed to live close by to delightful scenery all around me. Sometimes we take it for granted when we have such beauty on our doorstep, yet sometimes it becomes breathtaking and hits us smack in the eye ~ like today on my way home from visiting my daughter and son in law in Bath. 

I had been helping decorate their baby's nursery ~ my second grandchild is due on 19th August.

I was thirsty and fancied a beer shandy so I decided to visit a pub called The Jolly Sailor,  just three miles from my house, and one of my favourite places on a fine day or summer evening.  It is situated near the River Avon and beside some lock gates and an interesting weir.

I neared the pub and was smitten by this view of the shimmering water with the backdrop of hills bathed in evening  sunshine and I just had to take a photo.



Last year I had walked up to the cluster of trees, known as Kelston View, shown on the top tight hand side of the photo, with wonderful views of Bath and Bristol.  I shall do another post on this sometime.  

I jumped back into the car and headed for the pub, just a few hundred yards further, but not before getting another shot showing more glorious countryside.



I parked the car and walked towards the river and I'd like you to share the beautiful weir awaiting my gaze ~ makes one glad to be alive.



. . . and then I panned a little further downstream to this delightful setting, with Kelston View just showing.



Behind me were busy working lock gates with traffic passing up and down stream all day long.



I saw something half way across the weir and I crossed over the bridge to the other side to investigate, taking another photo midway. 



I wondered what was in the water and so I zoomed on a was rewarded with this shot of a heron, standing in a million fragments of glistening water.  I managed to hold my hand steady.



I enjoyed my beer shandy beside the water and talked to a fisherman who said there was plenty of fish there to share with the heron . . and we shared the beauty of the evening for a while in conversation.

Just time for one last look at the backdrop of countryside before heading back home.



Just a quick resume about my leg.  I am pleased to report that it is healed completely and has taken just 2 months and not the year the medics thought it might take ~ I am so blessed to get that out of the way.


56 comments:

  1. Oh Eddie! How delightful to see you again, and to linger in the magical placee!




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    1. Thank you Cloudia ~ you say the nicest things . . :)

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  2. You do live in a beautiful area Eddie, thank you for sharing these photos. So glad to know your leg is all better, now that is good news. Big hugs

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    1. Hi Bernie and lovely to see you. My pleasure to share the photos. Yes I am most fortunate to be blessed with rapid healing for my leg . . . I think I am being looked after a bit somehow . . . :) x

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  3. I'm off to look up 'shandy' and 'weir' and I'll be back....lol.....

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    1. A beer mixed with a soft drink.... and a low damn across a river.
      Wow...I'm so much smarter now, thanks to you! :)

      Beautiful photos...so lush and green!

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    2. Thanks Betsy . . .your comments always mean so much to me . . I'm glad you know what a beer shandy is and it is very nice to drink one on a fine sunny day beside the sound of running water from a weir. Perhaps I shall buy you ons and we can take a turn along the river bank . . . :) x

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    3. So, what kind of soda do you like mixed with your beer?

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    4. I'm looking at your spinning globe and I have a question for you. Why does the eastern half of America like you more than the western half? lol...

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    5. Hi . . . I see you and me dancing on my little globe . . . hold on tight ~ don'y want you falling off . . lol
      Well a beer shandy as we know it is half a pint of beer and half a pint of lemonade . . . yummy

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    6. replace the beer part with white wine and I'm with you. :)

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    7. Now that's a very good question which I have no idea, I think I have more friends in the West actually and can't say why I am liked so much in the East ~ haven't really thought about it. I know I have a lot of 'silent' fans who never seem to comment, like from the Washington area. lol . . .

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    8. Well, the state of Washington is full of red dots, that is true!

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    9. I'll try it . . . what di you call beer and white wine mix? . . . sounds good and slightly intoxicating , , ,dare we? . . :)

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    10. Well I think we both know who one of those is, and then of course is my good friend Janine . . :)

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    11. No, silly....replace the beer with white wine....not add both of them!

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    12. Gosh . . . it did sound highly explosive . . . rofl . . . white wine and lemonade . . . sounds nice . . . the other would be awful I should think . . lol . . .turning in now before I fall of the globe especially after that concoction I got wrong . . lol . . . nite . . :)

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  4. Just gorgeous!! I'm so glad you took lots and lots of shots to share with us.
    I love your scenery. It is spectacular.
    And.....I can't wait until I read the birth announcement of your newest Grandbaby.
    What happiness is found in this post!!!!
    Hugs a bunch,
    J.

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    1. Thank you Jackie . . . but you have fantastic scenery too so we are both blessed . . :)
      Yes great news about the little soul soon to be arriving on planet Earth. I hope Maria sprinkles some stardust on him/her just as she did with Peter . . . :) x

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    2. Maria will do just that....and the sweet shuuuugar from your new Grandbaby that you get to enjoy will be extra extra wonderful!!!!

      Sending you another smile and a hug.
      J.

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  5. Well, that's cheered me up!
    Jane x

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    1. Thank you Jane. Whenever you need cheering up I am always here . . :) x

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  6. How absolutely heavenly!

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    1. Thank you Gail, it would seem so . . lovely to see you :)

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  7. Hi Eddie.....
    Great shots of a delightful afternoon....
    I think a new header would be great with one of these!
    Enjoy your week ahead....
    Glad the leg is healed!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Hello Linda and thank you and a good suggestion . . .which one?
      Yes it is remarkable my leg is so good . . . after what it was just two months ago . . :)

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    2. 3rd photo....with the leaves on the top...go for it Eddie!

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    3. mmm . . . possible .. . but I was thinking maybe the top half of the last one . . . . :)

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    4. You need a beautiful sky picture with clouds for your header...to tie in with your blog name. :)

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    5. good point Betsy . . lol . . :)

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    6. Geesh....get crackin'!!!

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    7. lol . . . now don't be impatient, girl . . . . rofl

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  8. Wow nice landscape. And beer is a great idea!!!

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    1. Thank you Gosia . . . I bought one for you, you never showed up . . . lol

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful place to stop for a while. You're so lucky to live in such peace and tranquillity. Heron's are so regal, aren't they?!

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    1. Thanks V and yes it is beautiful and the heron was a bonus . . . :) x

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  10. Thank you for that tour of the area, it looks really great.

    If we get some more sunny weather (doubtful!) and a heatwave (extremely doubtful) I will take my NEW camera out and post some pictures on my blog of the beautiful area of Leicestershire where I live, and you can see the derelict open-cast coal mines, the dried up reservoir, the last few remaining bomb-sites from the last war!

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    1. Thanks Keith . . . looking forward to seeing yours and congrats on the new camera . . . oh I see you are jesting . . . lol

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  11. Hi Eddie - the countryside is gorgeous just now isn't it ... so pleased you had a happy trip across to help your daughter .. get ready for number ... a delight awaits you. Also how good that your leg healed so quickly .. that is a blessing ... take care and enjoy the rest of the summer - cheers Hilary

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  12. Uplifting views and an uplifting detour!

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  13. These are truly beautiful shots. Pictures of lakes and rivers always make me feel peaceful and happy. I feel very fortunate to live near a lake. Being near water is really important to me. I'm glad you are doing well, Eddie. It's always nice to see a post from you with updates.

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    1. Thank you Karen . . . I always love to see you here and you are a great encouragement to me . . . :)

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  14. So very picturesque! And once again I am pining for England.
    The heron shot is stunning and looks like a painting.
    I love beer shandies, Eddie. Order one for me and I will be right there!
    Very glad your leg is ship-shape. Now you can dance the light fandango :-)

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    1. Thank you Suzie . . . you seem to love England.
      I was lucky the heron was there and stood still.
      OK one beer shandy coming up.
      My leg has improved further but not sure about the dancing ~ I have two left feet . . . lol :)

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    2. Well, you can sway! Yes, I do love England.

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    3. Yes I can sway . . . lol . . . Nice to live here but we are over populated . . . nice to have more space . . . :)

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  15. Great, great news about your leg, Eddie. I am so pleased for you!!!

    And Bath-- Gosh it's lovely. I was only at Bath once-- about 30 years ago on my first trip to England with my monad aunt. Your photos brought back some lovely memories. Thank you.

    Keep feeling good! xo jj

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    1. Thanks Joanna . . . but I'll never be able to run a marathon again . . . lol
      Yes Bath . . . we have a lot of visitors. Just think we might have passed by one another 30 years ago . . . can you imagine? . . . . :)

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  16. Lovely pictures, Eddie. I bet they don't even come close to the real thing, though. :) Check out that heron! He loves it too.

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    1. Thanks Blue and you might be right there. Yes plenty of fish for the heron. . . so he's happy, not sure about the fish . . . :)

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  17. What beautiful scenery - very peaceful.

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    1. Thanks SAW . . . . great to see you . . yes, very peaceful and hopefully not too soporific lol . . . :)

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  18. Wow, that sure looks like quite the spot
    Can take in the view a lot
    Even walk about all hot to trot
    As much to the eye can be caught
    And now with the leg all better at your sea
    You can walk about with glee
    Maybe even climb a tree
    Just don't get stuck so the fire dept has to save thee

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