Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Wordless Wednesday - Caen Locks.


 


Information from the internet.

THE KENNET AND AVON CANAL in an amazing example of engineering. The 16 of 29 in total locks that form the steepest part of the flight at Caen Hill (pronounced like “cane”).

The locks were the final link to connect London and Bristol near Wiltshire, England, finishing the 87-mile canal. Originally constructed in the early 1800s, the locks were closed down in 1948. But by the late 1980s refurbished locks were back in operation. A modern pump allows for the movement of seven million gallons of water per day to help keep the locks flooded.

Not only are these locks an ancient monument, they are a challenge every serious canal boater must do. The Caen Hill Locks are iconic for many reasons. They are a massive feat of engineering from the heyday of the canals and one of the country’s longest continuous runs of lock flights. It takes a little over five hours to traverse the locks by boat—many canal boaters consider it the ultimate challenge.

Just out of view on the right of the second photo was a very nice pub. We spent a hour with a gin and tonic.... or two or three sitting by the edge of the canal watching the boats go through the locks.


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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wordless Wednesday

 I am  back after being in hospital for a few days last week after suffering two TIAs. There is a short update on my other blog and I will post another one this coming Friday.

I am limiting my computer time for a while but will try and return all comments. It may just take a bit longer than usual.

Replica trebuchet at Warwick Castle.

The replica trebuchet was built in 2005 and used on the days they have jousting tournaments.


Warwick Castle

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wordless Wednesday - Stockholm Archipelago.

 These were taken between 5.00 and 5.30am. The sun rises so early that you get up much earlier. The further north we went it didn't set at all.

Sunrise over the Stockholm Archipelago which consists of over 30,000 islands and rock outcrops. Even some of the tiniest islands have a house on them!

Cormorants.


Cormorant nests.

An early morning car and foot ferry.


Arrival in Copenhagen harbour.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wordless Wednesday.

 



Kinetic water sculpture 'Revelation' designed by Angela Conner at Chatsworth House and Gardens.
I took these photos in 2005. The sculptures at Chatsworth are sometimes changed so it is possible that this one is no longer there.
I found it fascinating watching it open and close so maybe we should return to see if it is still there.


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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Wordless Wednesday

 First of all I have a confession. Last week I posted a photo of Boscastle and said it was Port Isaac. I have no idea what I was thinking as I have been to both places many times. This week the photos really are Port Isaac, or if you watch Doc Martin, Port Wenn.



Doc Martin's house/surgery.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Wordless Wednesday - Pompeii part 2.

 A lot of these photos have dull colours, but you have to remember the whole of Pompeii was buried under at least 19 feet of ash and volcanic debris in a pyroclastic flow which travels at up to 150 mph. It  was covered from 79AD until it was rediscovered in the late 16th century when excavations started.

Because it was buried so quickly and completely, so much of the ancient city was well preserved.









These boulders were to help people cross the roads when they flooded. They were not speed bumps as one person in our group asked!!


Brothels were not only legal but encouraged. The phallus was a sign of good luck and on a lot of doors, but if they were on street corners they pointed towards the nearest brothel.





I hope you enjoyed the second part of the tour around Pompeii.


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