Wordless Wednesday…… A favourite Autumn Place

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Location:– Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Memories of a colour packed autumn

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

3rd November

(C) David Oakes 2021

Silent Sunday……. Off to Church

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Saint John the Baptist, The Parish Church of Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Wherever you are this Sunday…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

19th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

More Natural Power……

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Lower Slaughter, on the banks of the Rive Eye, Gloucestershire

Yesterday I sang the praises for wind power….. but of course water has also been used for centuries to power mills.  From small village mills, as here in the Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter, to the large mills of the industrial revolution.

Obviously one needed a constant water flow, but it also needed engineering skills to channel the water into a ‘mill leat’.  This enable the force of water to be increased, sometimes stored in a mill pond, but also provided the ability to regulated flow, to match the working demands of the mill.

Today, just like yesterdays windmill they are attractions across our countryside, all reminders of our creative forefather’s.

Old or new…  please

Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

9th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

 

 

Silent Sunday….. Autumn Glow

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Autumnal Glow at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire.

Taken a few years ago at a location we loved to visit in Autumn…..   but sadly that is not to be this year.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

25th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Memories of …… A Very Hot Day.

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The Mill Avon, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

I remember well…it was a very, very hot day, a scorching sun, the sort of sun that even with sunglasses on, you still screwed up your eyes.  So, this location was a great attraction.  Here at the Mill complex, which stands above the Weir, on the river named the Mill Avon, the sound of that falling water had a psychological cooling effect.

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Even on the relatively still waters above the weir, in the shadow of the Mill, the Mill pond  created a feeling of tranquillity and cool.

I have often been asked, “Is the Mill Avon the River Avon”.    Well it is and it isn’t.  Just north of Tewkesbury the River Avon flows south towards its merger with the River Severn. But just above the Town, this diversion was created to take waters to power several Mills on the edge of the Town…..  so the name Mill Avon was created.

Whatever you are creating or doing…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

6th October

(C) David Oakes 2020