Ashton Court Estate A walk in the park

The historic  850 acre Ashton Court Estate is a firm favourite with Bristolians. It is just 10 minutes from the centre of Bristol and is a marvellous place to relax or enjoy woodland walks, golf or mountain biking.  Nature lovers can enjoy watching herds of red and fallow deer, spotting the large oak trees, rare beetles or wild flowers. It is also home to the world famous balloon festival and in a normal year you can enjoy watching over a hundred balloons take off or see the magical night glow when the pilots light their burners in time to music. Continue reading “Ashton Court Estate A walk in the park”

St. Nicholas Market Bristol

In England non essential shops and indoor markets have been shut since the middle of March due to the corona virus pandemic and this has  given me the chance to notice doors that would normally be open including these heavy wooden doors with the impressive lion door handles. These days   the corn exchange in Corn Street is home to a bustling indoor market selling everything from old books to oriental fabrics and is very popular with locals and tourists.

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The Snuff Mills Community Garden Bristol

It is now the beginning of May and we are still in lock down  here in England.  I am slowly coming to accept the new normal while mourning my old life. I used to take trips to the shops, the hairdresser or a coffee bar for granted. Now we are only supposed to leave the house for essentials, health reasons exercise or work. Continue reading “The Snuff Mills Community Garden Bristol”

The Stoke Park Estate Bristol

 

It is April 2020 and the country is under lockdown. Luckily we are allowed out for daily exercise and I have been able to spend time exploring the Stoke Park Estate which is in walking distance from my house. The familiar yellow castle which I can see from my bedroom window is one of Bristol’s most familiar landmarks. If you look to the left you can see it from the M32 as you enter the city from the east. Continue reading “The Stoke Park Estate Bristol”

Bristol Street art

Policemen with riot shields fighting a teddy bear

Bristol is famous for its street art. It is after all the home of Banksy.  In inner Bristol graffiti adorns  shop fronts, back alleys underpasses and almost any available surface. Some older residents regret the invention of the spray paint can  but tourists love discovering hidden gems. I have grown to appreciate it and it certainly brightens up our drab city streets.

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