Saturday 5th July 2014
The sunshine seems to have left us today and there is the promise of rain in the air. As usual on a Saturday I took my Dad to my Aunt’s and, after a quick chat, dropped him off. I then drove down to Christchurch, parking at Two Riversmeet just out of the centre of town to try and avoid the problems I had finding a parking space last Saturday. Although the weather was better then there is a music festival on here today, so I’m guessing it’s going to be quite busy.
The plan today was to take a little walk around the part of the centre of Christchurch that I’ve missed previously, including the River Avon, in order to take some photos to share with you.
So first off I headed for Castle Street and the twin bridges over the River Avon. First, though, I passed this fairly new mews of town houses.
After that I crossed the first of the bridges over the River Avon. This was the view upstream.
And this was the view downstream from the second bridge.
There was also a rather nice view across the Norman House from here.
At this point I turned away from the road and walked along the little path you can see opposite the Norman House.
And here is another view of it looking back towards the road.
A few yards on and you come to Convent Walk, which the plaque tells me was opened in 1911 to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary.
The walk goes around the west end of the priory and ends up by Place Mill. This photo is taken at the Place Mill end of the walk (the mill is the other side of the little bridge).
From there I walked around a new waterside developement called Priory Quays…
… which afforded views down the River Stour towards Hengistbury Head.
The music festival was in full flow further along the Stour, but as it was all fenced off I haven’t bothered with any photos (who wants to see photos of tents and fencing?). So I walked back through the Priory Grounds to the High Street, which gave me another opportunity to photograph the Priory.
The High Street was busy, as you would expect, so I turned off down the back lanes.
Soon, though, I was back on the High Steet where, in Saxon Square, there were all different types of dancing taking place. This shot is of a group of Country Dancers.
After that I headed back to the car, over the twin bridges in Castle Street, just pausing to take a photo of the old tea rooms on the way.
I hope you have enjoyed our little stroll around Christchurch today.
A year ago today
I was back photographing bees in the garden.