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”
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.
It has been a strange Spring here in England. Half way through March the country was put into lockdown and we could only leave the house for essential shopping and short periods of exercise. For almost three months I have not been further than I can walk. My google time line reads 19 miles in March, 19 miles in April and a heady 26 miles in May. Now however the government is slowly easing the draconian restrictions and up to six people can meet up outdoors provided they social distance. Continue reading “Who was Edward Colston?”
A house through time is a BBC 2 series which tells the story of an English city through the history of one of its houses. Two previous series, which I very much enjoyed have focused on the northern cities of Newcastle and Liverpool. As I belong to a history walking group and have written on my blog about our walks through Bristol I was excited to discover that the new series which starts this week is set in my home city. I think we all enjoy looking through the keyhole of an old house and imagining what might have happened inside. If you live in an old house as we do, it is fun to try and find out as much as you can about the lives of the people who lived there before you.
It was going to be very different, our government had planned a series of events on May 8th to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the ending of war in Europe (V.E. day). Local groups were planning street parties, film shows and church parades. The bank holiday had been moved from Monday to Friday so we could celebrate. Instead we are in lockdown and not allowed to visit family or friends. I have noticed a definite change of mood in the last few weeks. Communities have come closer together in these strange times and I think people want to show that life goes on. We also need a bit of fun and a party for the children who have not been able to go to school since the middle of March. Continue reading “Social distancing for V.E. day in Bristol”