Alley adjoining Pizza Express

adjoining alley
Michael says the manager of the Pizza Express restaurant in Stert Street has just had the vegetation in the adjoining alley cleared up. Michael says It was awful.
adjoining alley
Pizza Express reopened the Abingdon branch on August 6th with a physically distanced layout inside, and hand sanitisers.

Barton Fields in August

Barton Fields
I walked round Barton Fields, cared for by the Abingdon Naturalists, today – a hot day in the middle of August. There was purple loosestrife growing in colonies round the ditch that runs near the Thames, and in wetland areas at the centre.
Barton Fields
Bees and butterflies were attracted to the loosestrife and also the water mint growing on the wetlands. The smell of mint was refreshing on such a hot day.
Barton Fields
Apples, and hips, hoars, and various berries are nearing maturity. Apples had fallen in some areas.
Barton Fields
Blackberries are being harvested by people and birds.
Barton Fields
The lower half of the fields, where bindweed tangles with other plants, is lush and green.
Barton Fields
The upper half of the field has turned pale gold.
Barton Fields
Despite the heat, runners and cyclists exercised along the cycle path along the top of the meadow.

Hoover Bags and Silhouettes

Silhouettes
Today was another day of blue skies and summer heat. Hoover Bags have a prominent position at the Monday Market in Abingdon.
Silhouettes
An ambulance had blocked a FedEx Lorry. Life-saving was making commerce wait – like during the lockdown.
Silhouettes
This evening was warm and muggy. I went for a walk and became aware of the bright clouds and silhouettes as I passed the railings near Waitrose.
Silhouettes
I started taking pictures of silhouettes – including this silhouetted tree without leaves in the Albert Park.
Silhouettes
Another tree had an early autumnal look because of the heat.
Silhouettes
It led me to my final silhouette down Spring Road by the cemetery.
Silhouettes
The sky bloomed orange for some time after that.

Future of Vale of White Horse district survey – just 4 days to go

White Horse
Vale of White Horse district councillors have put together a plan for the future of the district and they want you to let them know what you think of it.

The survey – launched in July – is a chance to have your say on the priorities for the council in the next few years. The survey will run until Thursday 13 August so a few days to go.

Councillors have identified six areas they need to focus on:

Theme 1: Providing the homes people need
Theme 2: Tackling the climate emergency
Theme 3: Building healthy communities
Theme 4: Building stable council finances
Theme 5: Working in partnership with other organisations
Theme 6: Working in an open and inclusive way

The Survey is at https://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/Valecorporateplanfeedback/
White Horse

CATtitude

Churchyard Cat
Those green eyes out-stare me from between the tombstones.

The churchyard cat is often to be seen in St Helen’s Churchyard among the graves and wandering freely along the pavements and gardens beyond.
Churchyard Cat
It helps itself to rats, and mice, and might honour you with a visit in return for some food.

It does not look to be the sort of cat to curl up on your lap. It is aloof and has cattitude.