Archives – May, 2019

Edible Abingdon and new benches

Edible Abingdon
I was walking by the Edible Abingdon garden in the Abbey Gardens at lunchtime.
Edible Abingdon
A blackbird came close when I sat on a bench for a moment – much closer than I would expect. He flew up to the back of the bench before flying back up to his perch. He may have mistaken me for somebody who feeds him.
Edible Abingdon
In the Edible Abingdon patch, the chard looked good with the wavy yellow stems.
Edible Abingdon
The purple headed chives also looked good with the yellow herbs behind.
Edible Abingdon
Down near the other edible Abingdon garden patch, by the open air pool, there were a lot of geese cropping the grass among the daisies. There are two new benches, one dedicated to Alan Bryden (who found peace in nature), and another to David and Janet Morgan (who loved to walk by the river).

2 Comments May 20, 2019

Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition (during Mental Health Awareness Week)

Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, from 13th-19th May. It was also the Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition at the Mind Centre at Abingdon Charter.
Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
As well as the art round the walls, there were people playing guitars, refreshments and a raffle. There was also a table for drawing or painting for anybody who wanted to have a go.
Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
The Mind art group meets on Thursdays. One person, who recently joined, told me that the last time they did any art was almost fifty years ago at school. Art helps them clear their mind and relax. Sketching for three hours makes time fly by. The group are of mixed abilities and very welcoming.

Leave a Comment May 18, 2019

Museum at Night

Museum at Night
Abingdon Counnty Hall Museum was open from 7-9pm this evening. There were exhibitions to look round, but most people were watching the musicians perform. There was a good turnout of people.
Museum at Night
The Oxford Waits were performing in 17th period costume.
Museum at Night
Scampy played acoustic music.
Museum at Night
The Alphorn Trio performed traditional Swiss Alphorn music. It is the first time I have seen an Alphorn band performing in Abingdon. The horns used to be used for signalling or rounding up cows, but are now adapted as musical instruments.

5 Comments May 17, 2019

Whats on this weekend + three ducks and some May Blossom

Whats on
Artweeks continues in the Abingdon area until Saturday. There will be all the venues that have been open for a week, and on Saturday, for one day only, The Mind Art Group in Abingdon in the Charter.
Whats on
The exhibition in St Nicolas Church has been put on by The Abbey Group and they were open late this Thursday evening for people who work.

Another event I often visit and write about on the blog is Museums at Night which is on Friday, 17th May, 7:00pm-9:00pm. At Abingdon County Hall Museum there will be music by The Oxford Waits and others.
Whats on
Ruby’s Vintage Fair will be back in the Guildhall in the centre of town on Saturday 18th May 10am – 4pm after an absence of four years. The Vintage Fair has been at Millet’s Farm and Our Lady’s Abingdon but not at the Guildhall, the original Abingdon venue.
Whats on
At the Vintage Fair you might be able to get the once very popular set of three ducks for the wall. I saw three ducks flying over the Guildhall today and it brought back that memory.
Whats on
Today was a lovely day: blue sky, hawthorn in blossom, and lots of buttercups in the meadows.

1 Comment May 16, 2019

Audrey Hasnip

Audrey Hasnip
Audrey Hasnip, the Mayor of Abingdon from 1999-2000, died a couple of days ago. We lost her husband, Keith, also a former Mayor of Abingdon, a few years ago.

They were both former school teachers. Audrey taught at St Helen’s School. Keith taught languages at Abingdon School. They also served as House Parents at Waste Court boarding house at Abingdon School. It was in their retirement that they got involved in local politics.

Audrey was a lovely lady and was there helping at Mother and Toddler group at St Helen’s Church when our children were young. She also sang in the choir at St Helen’s Church.
Audrey Hasnip
Audrey drew beautifully. She drew the little buildings on a town map that is still used. She also designed and edited a book about Abingdon called Cameos of Abingdon – celebrating Abingdon’s 450th Charter year in 2006. Keith and Audrey used to organise Heritage Open Day and had a great interest in all aspects of the town. All our sympathy to Audrey’s family.

1 Comment May 15, 2019

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