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

Virtual Local Politics and Neighbourhood Plan

Virtual Local Politics and Neighbourhood Plan
The Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC) had an online planning meeting this morning using Microsoft Teams.

On the agenda was the Old Gaol proposed change of use (for one unit) from restaurant to dental surgery.

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council can also hold internet meetings and they started last week with the Guildhall Meeting on 21st May. They are using WebEX.

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have also started the process of the Neighbourhood Plan. In the short to medium term the consultation process will have to use the internet rather than round table discussions.

There are more details at https://abingdon.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan.
Virtual Local Politics and Neighbourhood Plan
If the plan is agreed by over 50% of those in Abingdon, that can vote, then Abingdon will have more control over its own destiny.

Abingdon cannot change the number of houses to be built as decided by VWHDC in their local plan,  but can get more control how the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) is spent.

Leave a Comment May 26, 2020

Bank Holiday Monday

Bank Holiday Monday
On any other late May Bank Holiday Monday the sunny weather could not have been more perfect.

We went out fairly early for a walk – before the bank holiday crowds arrived in Abingdon-on-Thames.
Bank Holiday Monday
In any normal year the Open Air Pool would have been open by this bank holiday weekend and people queuing to get in.
Bank Holiday Monday
At the weir and elsewhere coloured origami boats had been hung.

A message said Covid-19 has changed our lives. What would people like to carry forward into their lives post lockdown? Write it on a boat!
Bank Holiday Monday
There were some cannoists at the weir but not a lot of surf. On a normal bank holiday people could have stood on the path over the weir to watch them. This year I took a quick picture and hurried across because people might be waiting to come across from the far side.
Bank Holiday Monday
We saw swans with cygnets like other years.
Bank Holiday Monday
At Swift Ditch there were balloons.
Bank Holiday Monday
The lockdown was recently eased by the government. Now we can drive to take our walks and even relax in the sun. Rye Farm car park was filling up as people headed for the sunny wide open spaces near the river banks in Abingdon.

Bank Holiday Motorbikes roared through town, and people watched with their takeaway coffees.

And here is a video of Abingdon late in the evening with a walking talking commentary about night life during the shutdown.

2 Comments May 25, 2020

Oxfordshire Artweeks

Oxfordshire Artweeks
We are during the time when we would normally be able to go visiting studios for Oxfordshire Artweeks.
Oxfordshire Artweeks
People are painting and creating more art than usual and showing it from windows.

Oxfordshire Artweeks has gone virtual this year, and there are a series of virtual tours showing workshops or themed pictures with background music.

Oxfordshire Artweeks
Galleries are closed during coronavirus (COVID-19) but there are pictures that might have appeared at galleries online. In Abingdon the members of the Abbey Group, including Dougie Simpson, have pictures online.

The Oxford Mail has a feature on artists who have been inspired by Coronavirus, isolation and NHS heroes.

On Channel 4 “Grayson’s Art Club”, showcases art made by the British public trapped at home. Some of the 10,000+ pieces submitted were from Abingdon. Last week the theme was ‘View from My Window‘.

Oxfordshire Artweeks
This is a photo of the view from our window this evening.

Leave a Comment May 24, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week – St Ethelwolds

Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
Mental Health Awareness Week was from 18-24th May 2020. The Mind centre in Abingdon is currently closed but Mind in Oxfordshire has online advice about coronavirus and your wellbeing. They also had a virtual tour in Santorini

Here is my own virtual tour of St Ethelwolds House in East St Helen Street.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
There were five other people there: a mother and child playing on the lawn; two ladies talking at a table, and somebody working on some repairs. Nobody was making much noise and the birds were singing.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
Many people are affected emotionally and psychologically by the everyday challenges and worries that the pandemic brings, whether the illness itself, financial worries, living in lockdown, or being asked to go back to work. The Citizen’s Advice at Coronavirus – what it means for you/ includes advice for people worried about going back to work.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
Mark’s wildflower meadow at St Ethelwold’s is named after a young man with Mental Health problems who died tragically after having his benefits cut. Mark loved nature and the garden.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
Some of us have found during the lockdown that being in nature can boost our mental wellbeing and ease stress.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
St Ethelwold’s House is a welcoming spiritual centre offering a place of sanctuary and quiet to all.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
There is also a sanctuary room used by a variety of groups. In this virtual tour you could imagine going in there and being still.

2 Comments May 23, 2020

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