Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday skywatch - out and about.

We've been out and about about this past week. On Saturday we went to celebrate the birthday of a friend who lives in a house overlooking the Bristol Channel. We walked to  a nearby restaurant as the sun was setting. Just the right sort of sky for Skywatch Friday!
The dry weather continues and it's comfortable to walk in the surrounding fields now that they are harvested. The village where we live is in the centre of this photo.

The sun shone like a scarlet globe through the trees but my camera hasn't picked up the colour. It isn't very true on reds and blues.


Last night we went to an event at the Holburne Museum in Bath, and left home in plenty of time to negotiate the evening traffic. We arrived early so I walked next door into Sydney Gardens. It is the only remaining eighteenth century pleasure garden in the country,  and was laid out in 1790 as a commercial garden with a variety of attractions.

The garden is now owned by the council and is a pleasant open space with wide pathways and grassy areas. 
There are a number of bridges, not for decorative purposes
but for negotiating the railway
and the canal.
Both routes were cut through the garden at a later date.

The museum was originally the Sydney Hotel, the centre of entertainment for the pleasure gardens. A new extension at the back of the museum leads straight into the gardens. What a contrast this architecture is to the rest of the building.  
  I know which I prefer!
The view from the front of the museum is equally pleasing.
And inside, all manner of delights.



But my time was occupied in conversation and eating canap├ęs!

13 comments:

  1. My daughter and husband lived in Bath while he finished his PhD. We visited and would go back in a heart beat, as we did not see nearly enough.

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    1. It's a very accessible small city, very different in character to it's near neighbour, Bristol. It's aesthetically very pleasing to wander around and is somewhere that I never tire of.

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  2. Love the beach shot and the gardens..

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    1. We are enjoying still days and some wonderful sunsets at the moment, Karen.

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  3. great series. love your pink sunsets.

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    1. It's rather nice to be bathed in pink at sunset!

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  4. You know the Holburne ended up (half way through) as a casino and brothel, don't you Cher?

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    1. Trust you to lower the tone, Tom Stephenson! I didn't know but am not surprised. The 'pleasure' for some would include gambling and whoring, and the gardens will have been, like the Vauxhall Gardens in London, a great place for pickpockets, card sharps and general low life. (But I prefer to concentrate on the flowers!)

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  5. Beautiful sky in first photo. :-)

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    1. Our friends' house sits right on the channel, we are forever looking out of the windows at spectacular views.

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  6. Wow, what a post. Thank you for taking us along. I love the first photo of course. I also loved the canal and the boat (barge?)

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    1. Glad you came along, Yogi. The houseboat is someone's home although I doubt that is a permanent mooring.

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