The ATOM Festival talks this year have been very successful with ticket sales exceeding expectations.
The Market Place activities also went well. It was a dry, warm and sunny day today with blue skies.
Abingdon Astronomical Society were there with telescopes and information of what to look out for in the sky at night.
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy had robots people could operate, and under a dark cover a plasma ball, to demonstrate some of the technologies and science they use as they look to generate energy from fusion.
A group at Sandford Lock are looking for investors to finance a hydro to generate electricity.
The Abingdon Naturalist Society had lot of pondlife for people to observe.
One of their new projects involves nesting boxes for swifts to try and halt the decline of the swifts’ population. They also do interesting talks.
Other stalls included: a sample of the blackest material yet made; and nano surfaces that waterproof mobile phones and make water roll about like drops of mercury. There were lots of very interesting things going on, and it seemed especially family friendly.
March 25, 2017
Next to the Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station there is a ‘Field of Hope’ dedicated to Marie Curie Cancer Care with daffodils planted in memory of people who lost their battle with cancer.
Next door, the Cross Keys, on Ock Street, has been turned into private flats. Work on the conversion is nearly completed, and an estate agent’s boards show that some of the properties have been ‘Sold’.
March 24, 2017
This is Jamie on his way to the Brewery Tap last Sunday lunchtime. Jamie was dragging his owners – he was so keen to get to the Tap and possibly a few morsels of Sunday Roast under the table. He enjoys going to all the Abingdon pubs, especially those that do good traditional food.
I met Jamie and owners coming through the Brewery housing development – near the Barrel sculpture.
I had been taking a picture of the magnificent building behind.
March 23, 2017
As I walked out this evening the sun had already gone down, and the air was quite smokey from one of the boats moored by the Abbey Meadows.
Over the lock, and heading back along the far bank an orange halo still showed behind the distant steeple of St Helen’s Church. Two runners came the other way.
Getting nearer Abingdon Bridge and the lights of Nags Head Island made quite a show.
Inky blue clouds were reflected in the River Thames all around.
The clocks go forward this weekend so there is every chance the evening walk next week will be in daylight.
March 22, 2017