At today’s Local Excellence Market in Abingdon there were apples grown just over the border in Abingdon’s old County of Berkshire.
Cheese made in Abingdon’s new County of Oxfordshire.
Bread and Patisserie baked on East Saint Helen Street, Abingdon-on-Thames.
Fabulous Flowers prepared on Bridge Street, Abingdon-on-Thames.
Additional attractions included folk music, rescue owls and sunshine from heaven above.
On holiday in the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District we will sometimes walk miles to view a recommended waterfall.
But on a day like today Abingdon Weir creates, over a few feet, more power and fury than many of those tourist destinations.
The River Thames can be wild.
I see from the front page of the Abingdon Herald that the Abingdon Arts Festival 2013 is Off. Not enough money! A quick look at google images (above) brings back some of the memories.
I am always impressed by the Abingdon Arts Festival Brochure (above). The website is equally good. Both are the work of Mike Ward. Mike has given his services for free for the town of Abingdon. As has Malcolm Ross who has co-ordinated the arts festival for 14 years. As have many other volunteers.
Over the years, The Abingdon Arts Festival has given this blog much to report on at the start of Spring. Next Spring could get a slower start without those two weeks of: art, theatre, films, big crazy community events, photographic competitions, music, and celebrities.