Archives – December, 2010

Out with the Old

Rubbish Day
Friday is our usual recycling and refuse collection day, and Thursday is the day for other parts of Abingdon. But because of the Christmas and New Year bank holidays the VWHDC website says…

Normal collection day Will be collected on Which bins to put out
Thursday 30 December Tuesday 4 January Grey binĀ  + food waste
Friday 31 December Wednesday 5 January Grey bin + food waste
Thursday 6 January Monday 10 January Green bin + food waste
Friday 7 January Tuesday 11 January Green bin + food waste
Thursday 13 January Saturday 15 January Grey bin + food waste
Friday 14 January Monday 17 January Grey bin + food waste
Thursday 20 January Friday 21 January Green bin + food waste
Friday 21 January Saturday 22 January Green bin + food waste


I was struck by the view down Edward Street this new year’s eve (Green Bag is like Green Bin). For a moment I wondered whether everybody had copied each other in putting out the wrong bag on the wrong day. But then I remembered that last week there was still snow and ice about.

Edward Street must have been more dangerous or blocked than neighbouring Victoria Road and Exbourne Road. The helpline was telling enquirers that it was up to the driver’s discretion whether to collect specific streets.

6 Comments December 31, 2010

First Visit to Loose Cannon

Loose Cannon Brewery
The Loose Cannon brewery had a busy time leading up to Christmas.
Loose Cannon Brewery
This was my first time inside the brewery since it opened back in August.
Loose Cannon Brewery
The shop, out front, has been decked out with boughs of hops.

I wish Loose Cannon every success, and a Happy New Year. Abingdon Bridge, the regular brew, will be joined by a new IPA beer around February. You will have to hurry to get any of the Christmas Cannon.

4 Comments December 30, 2010

Town Centre – End 2010


This is the state of the town centre on a rainy Wednesday at the end of 2010

(Press on image for a bigger pdf version. Not a brilliant map and not to scale but it serves this yearly purpose.)

Key:
Red is a vacant shop premises that was occupied at the start of the year.
Yellow means a change of business.
Green is a shop that was vacant at the start of the year which is now occupied.

Change in 2007 (10 red, 6 green, 5 yellow) – Net Loss 4
Change in 2008 (13 red, 10 green, 8 yellow) – Net Loss 3
Change in 2009 (6 red, 9 green, 6 yellow) – Net Gain 3
Change in 2010 (5 red, 8 green, 6 yellow) – Net Gain 3

Abingdon now has a brewery and a tearoom – two things that have been missing for a few years. The van is from Loose Cannon Brewery and is outside the window of Rosie’s Tearoom.

1 Comment December 29, 2010

A balmy 5 or 6 degrees

Mist as temperatures rise
In the late afternoon temperatures rose to a balmy 5 or 6 degrees C
Mist as temperatures rise
and a steamy mist rose from the River Thames around Saint Helen’s Wharf, and further afield.

Leave a Comment December 29, 2010

Five new seats and five new bins

The Thaw
Five new seats and five new bins have recently appeared in the Albert Park. This has led to a super abundance of litter bins since a lot of the old stone bins are still there – even though the broken and vandalised seats had to be removed.
The Thaw
In the Albert Park the thaw has led to some very slushy paths.

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