The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 2 May 2009

International Dance Day - 2009

On the Market Place today Abingdon Town Council hosted the second International Dance Day. It began with that most English of dance groups: the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers.

There followed Irish dancing ...

Then came a Spanish influence with Flamenco

The weather was good and there was a good crowd.

Next, from Turkey, Belly Dancing

And finally to the Balkans.

All these dance groups are local to Abingdon or Oxford, and they are all looking for nice people to join them. And there is more dancing next Saturday when the Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers, with invited guest teams, will be dancing round town, and at the Market Place from about 2 PM.

Friday, 1 May 2009

May Day Chicks

Three young coots on the Mill Stream near the Abbey Gardens.

Six cygnets on the main River Thames.

Seven ducklings, with mum, also on the Millstream.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

All sorts of Things in the River

All sorts of things end up in the river. Supermarket Trolleys get dumped, but few end up looking quite so battered as this one in the River Thames. It could almost be designated a Historic Wreck Site.

If anybody has lost this Biffa 'Cardboard Only' recycling container then it is to be found in the River Ock, complete with its full load of cardboard, near the first footbridge downstream from the Drayton Road Bridge. But you will need a tractor to pull it out.

There is no pot of gold under the rainbow today.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009


April showers late in the month have produced some rainbows. This one is above Abingdon Bridge viewed from the Wharf.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Wick Hall & Nurseries - Open Garden

Thanks to John for pictures of something I missed and may now never see. While I was watching the dragon, he was at Wick Hall open garden day. The hall is off Audlett Drive.

"Comprising approx 10 acres of lawns and wild garden... topiary... pond garden... rockeries... walled garden enclosing knot garden... young arboretum...
barn and greenhouses... large display of old horticultural and agricultural tools."

Wick Farm was built in the 1720s by the Tomkins family, then enlarged in the 1882 and renamed Wick Hall.

Johns says "The Wick Hall open day has always been one of the social highlights of the year; unfortunately it now seems that the family may no longer able to do this and the event will be missed..."

Monday, 27 April 2009

New Drayton Road Skyline

The new buildings at the front are nearing completion.

They are taller than anything else along this stretch of Drayton Road, and taller than their near neighbours, on Hermitage Road, to the rear.

The trees do screen them from the Ock Valley Walk.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Saint George's Parade 2009

This year the traditional St George's Parade was led by a dragon,

and by a Scottish Pipe Band.

Hundreds of scouts, cubs, guides and brownies were led to a short church service.

Then they paraded back to the Market Place where, after some posturing, the dragon was slayed.