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.

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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.

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6th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday….. Off to Church

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Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire

The Abbey Church of St. Mary the Virgin is the buildings  official name today……  but will always be known as Tewkesbury Abbey. It was once a Benedictine Monastery, dating back to the 12th century.   Like so many of our old religious buildings it was built on a even earlier site of religious worship.

Tewkesbury Abbey is a fine example of Norman Architecture, in particular the Cross Transept Tower is claimed  to be the biggest in Europe.   With Tewkesbury standing  on the flood plain of Severn and Avon, its tall tower is a clear landmark for many miles.

Like all our old religious buildings Tewkesbury Abbey has seen some violent and testing times over the centuries.  During the “War of The Roses” ( 1455 -1487) witnessed this violent period of English history at close hand.  After the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 the Abbey provided sanctuary for the Lancastrian forces.  Then it had to overcome the challenges of the Dissolution of the Monasteries  that occurred by Royal Order between 1536 & 41.  It was at this time that the Abbey became the Parish Church.

Apart from being the Parish Church, Tewkesbury Abbey is also a major tourist attraction, the centre of a equally attractive Town in an equally attractive location. Tewkesbury nestles below the  higher ground of the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire’s rather fabulous countryside.

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

9th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Summer…by the tranquil Avon

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The River Mill Avon, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

It was one of those incredibly hot summers days, when if we were being sensible, we would be looking for the shade.  The tranquil waters  of the Mill Avon* did bring that touch of freshness to the afternoon.  Whilst perhaps it is too hot to have been out and about, the benefit is that you do tend to have these places pretty much to yourselves.

* Mill Avon is the name of this ‘river’.  Just up stream ,the River Avon joins the River Severn. Just before that junction the River Avon has this cut, through which it passes, created to power Water Powered Mills.  Having completed its task, it then moves on to join the River Severn.

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

2nd  July

(C) David Oakes 2020