Archives – December, 2010

Ice Breakers

Milder Air
Thanks to Helen P for this picture of swans walking on the river ice
Milder Air
and acting as ice breakers.
Milder Air
And thanks to Bob who sent a picture of coots in an increasingly narrow trench of clear water.
Milder Air
There are signs of milder breezes from the South – as shown by this weather vane down Checker Walk..
Milder Air
It should allow the black swan that has be come a feature near the Margaret Brown Gardens to return to its normal winter feeding ground. It does not seem popular with the white swans.

2 Comments December 27, 2010

Boxing Day – Thames Freezes Over

Boxing Day
MG Cars met on the Market Place for the start of the traditional Boxing Day run to ‘blow away some of those cobwebs‘.
Boxing Day
A lot of other sporting events have been called off. I don’t expect  to see any boats out today.
Boxing Day
For the first time for some years the River Thames has frozen over – in places.

4 Comments December 26, 2010

White Christmas

Christmas Day
No fresh snow but there is plenty of crusty snow from a week ago. The pavements are slippery.
Christmas Day
Merry Christmas From Abingdon. This is possibly the first white Christmas we have seen in all the years we have lived here. (Pictures taken near Abingdon Lock. )

2 Comments December 25, 2010

Goodbye Local Roots

Local Roots
Christopher and Sukey opened Local Roots in East St Helen Street in May 2008. They gave us seasonal vegetable boxes, local art and craft, a kids club called Seedlings. They helped us think local. It was a friendly place to drink coffee and read the newspaper.

They are closing today, Christmas Eve, at 4pm, for the final time.

Their shop was inspirational. It is a great shame it has not worked out. They are just not able to carry on in the current economic climate. In two years time it might be quite different but they cannot take that risk.

18 Comments December 24, 2010

From Snow Correspondents

More Snow Pics
Thanks to Peter who sent me a picture – of his – that has already appeared on BBC South. It shows the moon last night above St Helen’s Church. If the lunar eclipse was visible at all last night it would have been around dawn and from Cornwall and Devon – cloud permitting. Did anybody see it in Abingdon?
More Snow Pics
George, who I have not heard from for ages, sent me a picture of the crosses in St Edmund’s Churchyard. Each cross is a memorial to one of the Sisters of Mercy who came to help educate the poor of Abingdon in days gone by.
More Snow Pics
Richard sent two pictures, taken on Monday, where neighbours on Cameron Avenue – off the Radley Road – got together to clear their road.
More Snow Pics

2 Comments December 23, 2010

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