Looking back to St Helen’s Wharf the wharf wall is awaiting repairs – almost a year after the damage first became obvious.
Another new house has been built along the stretch on Wilsham Road, with river views . In the last five years, four new houses have been built, all bigger than what was there before. The old Ferry Boat House is still there though. I expect an architect will already have plans for that small frontage with the long piece of land behind.
Geese in Abingdon enjoy the grassy areas by the river where they can graze. They are very sociable animals, a bit messy, and loud, and so in some ways similar to humans. The river is a place where they can escape if humans or their dogs are at all threatening. We weren’t, and this group walked towards us and then parted to let us by.
This walk was not long but, to use a horse racing term, the going was heavy. One could even say boggy. Gracie-Lou can be seen out of the water, like a large piece of driftwood the high flood has left behind. Behind are the lights of Abingdon School boathouse.
After crossing Culham old bridge, we crossed the A415 and returned to Abingdon along the causeway, moving aside at one point to let a cyclist by. They said thank you.
It was beginning to get dark as we neared Abingdon. Cars came in bunches.
The lights on the Christmas Tree outside Annie’s Tea Rooms were shining. The Old Gaol walls were floodlit. The new flats alongside had large windows glowing but there were no lights to be seen in the small Old Gaol cell windows.
Nearly every Monday there is a market on Abingdon Market Place. This Monday the market was small with just three stalls: bread, fruit and veg, and olives. It was no surprise not to see cards, coats, bags, carpets, vacuum bags, and watch batteries – as they are all non essential. But there was also no meat, eggs, or fish.
Last Monday was a bank holiday and there were no stalls.
There were queues at the bread and fruit and veg at the market, and also at the banks. The Newbury Building Society has a notice to say ‘During this worrying time we wanted to say we’re here for you’.
Meanwhile Waitrose are encouraging us all to Give a Little Love..
Advertising must be difficult at this time. Many companies acknowledge the pandemic in their promotions.
Yesterday there were men putting lights and giant baubles on the Christmas Tree on Abingdon Market Place.
The Bookstore has put out the reindeer decorations. Even though they are not open because of the November lockdown, they do have a Click and Collect Service.
Added Ingredients have the annual display of Pandoro (Italian) Christmas Cakes in the window, and are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10-3.
Chic It Up have also put out their Christmas display and people can Collect items.
It is ten years since I have updated the look of the Abingdon Blog, and today have made a few changes which I hope will work. They include:
* bringing all posts and comments since 2006 in one archive (rather than 3)
* improve how it looks on mobile phones
* allows replies to replies, and replies to replies to replies etc.
* fix historic links to websites that no longer exist (there are a lot that have stopped working since 2006)
* allow space for bigger pictures and videos
* remove the brown flock wallpaper which was looking dated
Let me know what you think. If it all goes wrong, and you cannot leave a reply, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
I could still go back to the old but hope to fix any problems and move forward.