The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Saturday, 1 September 2007

French Heritage Fun Walk

A few things are on next weekend in Abingdon. This is Pat L, publicising the events.

1. French Market - next Friday and Saturday (7th-8th Sept)
2. Heritage Day - next Saturday (8th Sept) - various old houses and buildings open
3. Fun in The Parks - next Sunday (9th Sept) - Abbey Park from 2 - 4 P.M
4. Walk the 1556 Bounds - next Sunday (9th Sept) - 11.30

There were lots of people in town this morning. Hopefully there will be even more next weekend.

Caption Competition

Friday, 31 August 2007

Abingdon Co-op in Bloom

Time passes and the Co-op site has begun to see blooms moving back in to colonise what appears, at first sight, a poor habitat:

rosebay willowherb

buddleia (with varieties enough to form a National Collection)

evening primrose

sunset glory...

I got it wrong earlier this year predicting work would start on the Co-op in the summer. The summer is almost over, and this area is fast becoming an area of special scientific interest.

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Abingdon Bowling Club Green

Early in the morning two men were caring for the grass at Abingdon Bowling Club. The man on the right has the mower.

The other man has a special orange machine.

The final result is difficult to judge - it looks so near perfection. I'd give 9.9 points to the man with the mower, and 10 points to the man with the orange machine, only because he is wearing belt and braces. (In the USA 'belt and suspenders')

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

willowbrook development

The latest housing development in Abingdon, on the ex-MG land next to the Police Station, is called willowbrook. The poster says
'making a big splash in
abingdon's housing market'

The lady from the sales office waters the plants in the early morning.

Looking through the development towards the Police Station

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Kingscraft Day Boats

All the boats were out on Bank Holiday Monday. Between 4 and 5 P.M they came back to base at Kingcraft Boat Centre on Nags Head Island.

Captain Jack...

Captain Clarry...

All the other Captains...

Electrics Gem (a larger type of boat) and all the other Electrics ... Un-named rowing boats...

and Captain King.

(Glad to see all is clear again today after Saturday's Lock Jam)

Monday, 27 August 2007

Abingdon Cemeteries

There are two main cemeteries in Abingdon: the Old and the New.

In the Old Cemetery there are two identical looking chapels. You'll have to imagine the other.

Here you feel surrounded by history. It may feel like a sacred place to people with loved ones here, or who have booked a plot here.

And this is the New Cemetery. Two hot air balloons drift across from left to right.

Two people walk together down the path. I just watch them for a moment, then leave.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Museum Roof Open

The museum roof is open most weekends during summer. In the foreground is the Old Gaol, and near the horizon: Didcot Power Station.

From up on the roof you can even see the occasional Pink Limo.

This view is down Bridge Street. Abingdon looks quite idyllic in this view. Its not idyllic. Its a real place.

Not Quite Cricket - Croquet

At Abingdon Vale Cricket ground, croquet was being played today. This game involves hitting a ball through hoops with a long mallet, and may well be a distant cousin of Cricket, but I haven't see it before at the Cricket Ground.