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Sunday Sunshine

Sunshine
The bank holiday weekend continued on Sunday with more sunshine at Abingdon-on-Thames.
Sunshine
The Kings Head & Bell has been closed for refurbishment. It is a very old building and seems to need a lot of maintenance.
Sunshine
Other pubs were open and attracting visitors. The Nags Head had jazz and the Crown and Thistle had something much louder to entertain people who do not need to go to work on Monday.
Sunshine
There was an important ashes cricket match happening. In the past we could have watched matches like that on BBC or ITV  but, never mind, it was a lovely day and we could watch the highlights.
Sunshine
The sun was dazzling and it was a lovely day.

5 Comments August 25, 2019

Look ahead to Saturday

Look ahead to Saturday
The sign sitting on Park Road, ready for Abingdon School’s leavers ball, does show a degree of pessimism about the weather. (Thankyou to Iain for this.)
Look ahead to Saturday
Let us hope that the Annual Rugby Sevens tournament on Saturday from 11am is not hit by snow.
Look ahead to Saturday
and that the sun does shine on the Trinity Church Summer Fair.

The Local Excellence Market also happens on Saturday. This is a quarterly market where local food producers, craftworkers and retailers sell their goods on Abingdon Market Place. They are used to trading in all weathers: ice or sun.

Leave a Comment June 27, 2019

Tracking Abingdon’s Snow

Tracking Abingdon Snow
This morning I identified some of the tracks in the snow that had been frozen overnight. What I think we have here are geese, dogs. and humans.
Tracking Abingdon Snow
Morning sunshine soon raised temperatures from below zero and the snow and ice started to melt.
Tracking Abingdon Snow
The frozen snow on the four quadrants of Abingdon Market Place also began to thaw.

There were lots of people about in Abingdon as it was a Saturday but that did not include the large group of runners normally to be seen drinking coffee after the Abingdon Park run. The Parkrun had been cancelled because of the slippery conditions, like the bin lorries were cancelled yesterday.
Tracking Abingdon Snow
We dropped into the Guildhall to check how things were progressing. The Abbey Cinema had Mary Queen of Scots and Live Rugby: Ireland V England (a sell out event partnered with Loose Cannon Brewery).

The Guildhall has an open day in 2 weeks time to show off the other rooms after refurbishment (Roysse, Council Chamber, Abbey, and Bear Room). There will be displays and information about how they can cater for weddings etc.
Tracking Abingdon Snow
By evening, on the Market Place, only the quadrant shaded by the County Hall was still under a cover of snow and ice.

Leave a Comment February 2, 2019

Abingdon Changed by Snow

Abingdon Transformed by Snow
We woke this morning, in Abingdon, to see that everything had been changed by overnight snow. The Market Place was not grey but white.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The fields were no longer green, but white, and that made the River Thames look darker.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The clay tiles on the almshouse roof had been covered with a layer of snow.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
The snow clung onto the side of the trunks of trees.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
Some people enjoyed the snow. Others were not so sure. It was not only white but also cold and wet and very slippery in places.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
Very soon, however, the town council workmen started clearing the snow by throwing salt on the pathways, across the Market Place. The Vale District Council workers started clearing the snow off some other pavements in the town centre. As a result the recycling collectors did not come and empty our grey bins today. They were probably busy clearing snow. Or maybe they had the day off like some of the schools.
Abingdon Transformed by Snow
More snow fell later during the day. It was not so firm, and good for snowballs, as the overnight snow, and it made the pavements slushy. Out in the fields, near Abingdon, the snowfall did not worry the sheep.

6 Comments February 1, 2019

First snow of winter in Abingdon

There were a couple of flurries of heavy snow in Abingdon this afternoon, the first snow of winter.
First snow
Here is what it looked like in front of the boarded up Abbey House.
First snow
This is how it looked at Trendell’s Folly.
First snow
This is how it looked on Abingdon Market Place, where Cats Protection had a gazebo, ‘brr!’

9 Comments January 23, 2019

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