Archives – May, 2020

Abingdon Zoo Day

Abingdon Zoo
Lots of animals could be seen round Abingdon today. There were crocodiles and pigeons…
Abingdon Zoo
and a large cow among the menagerie in West St Helen Street.
Abingdon Zoo
In East St Helen Street there were Polar Bears,
Abingdon Zoo
a Giraffe,
Abingdon Zoo
and a Toucan among other species.
Abingdon Zoo
In Parsons Mead, there was a lego model of the County Hall built by one of the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers.
Abingdon Zoo
The Ock Street Ox was there as part of the Abingdon Zoo Day. The notice beside it says that the Mayor of Ock Street ceremony will be back in June 2021.

It was not possible to get round all Abingdon, especially as I had to go to work in the afternoon. Our next door neighbour remarked, it goes to show how amazingly artistic the people of Abingdon are

1 Comment May 31, 2020

Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station

Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station
Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station
A snake of painted pebbles has grown and grown on the grass outside Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station.
Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station
Painted Pebble Snake at Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station
The grass has dried out under the blue skies during the Coronavirus Lockdown.

In the last fortnight the snake has grown, going round and round and round, with the help of lots of unseen artists – there must be 500 or more.

2 Comments May 30, 2020

Why no Ducklings?

Why no Ducklings
One thing has been puzzling us on our lockdown walks. Why have we not seen any ducklings on the River Ock and the millstream

Somebody tonight told us that in the last two years mink have become so rife that they are eating the ducklings, and the young of other native species.

12 Comments May 29, 2020

Celebration of Carers is ending its spot on Thursday at 8pm. Next up ….

Last applause
In West St Helen Street there was a good turn out for the final Thursday 8 PM celebration of carers. Every Thursday people are encouraged onto the doorsteps by a member of the Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band with a drum

In Thesiger Road, George Haslam has been playing the clarinet on Thursdays at 8pm, and on this final week he appeared with a saxophone to play Over the Rainbow.

There will be other ways to show our appreciation to carers like making sure they are paid fittingly for their heroic efforts in future.
Last applause
We can also find new ways to come together as a community. One such is Abingdon Zoo Day this coming Sunday.

1 Comment May 28, 2020

Birds and Bees

Birds and Bees
Flying must be easy when you are a bird. You just open your wings
Birds and Bees
and glide.
Birds and Bees
Bees need to buzz a lot more.
Birds and Bees
They also need frequent nectar stops.
Birds and Bees
The birds were seen by the Millstream in Abingdon.
Birds and Bees
The bees were in Old Abbey House gardens this evening. This was part of a walk after work.

Riding back from work at about 3:30pm I saw a long queue at the Drayton Recycling Centre. They are using the golf area next door to queue cars rather than the main road. The process is slower as only half the bays are in use for social distancing reasons. There is also a big demand for the dump after the shutdown for a couple of months.

1 Comment May 27, 2020

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