Tag Archives: Chippenham

Friday Bench: Blackbird

I found a rather startled blackbird perched on my garden hose yesterday morning. By the time I’d grabbed my camera she’d unruffled her feathers, moved to the bench and was looking more with it. She mostly kept to the patio area all afternoon – she can fly though so all is well ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Friday Bench: All the fun of the unicorn

Waiting for the train to whisk me to London, I kept on getting tapped on my shoulder. I turned round to find a bobbing unicorn balloon was the culprit. The owner was most apologetic when she heard the click of my camera and turned round to find out what was happening!

Bubblegum Pink

I went to Bristol by train recently and was surprised to find this bright pink Gumdrop near the ticket barrier. I whipped out my camera to take this photo, much to the amusement of the ticket attendant.

“That’s new, how long has it been here?” I asked her.

“Oh about a year”, she replied. So much for my powers of observation then.

“Not only that”, chimed in a fellow passenger, “it’s made out of recycled chewing gum.”

I looked more closely and by gum, she’s right…

Friday Bench: Rosa ‘The Fairy’

Rosa ‘The Fairy’ has gone a bit bonkers this year. She’s in a pot, goodness knows what she’d do if she was in the ground!

It means the bench is out of bounds for a while whilst she sprawls about and makes herself comfortable.

Update: I’ve always been a bit uneasy about a rose which has 3 different colourways on offer in the catalogue. According to the RHS, the pink version is ‘The Fairy’ and I see the online offerings now show this as ‘Red Fairy’. Looking at my rose and their photos, I think I may have a case of Rosa mislabelledanthicus!

Friday Bench: With cowslips

An unexpected continuance of last week’s bench with spring wild flowers theme. I’ve been meaning for ages to photograph the restored ex bench in the Donkey Field nearby.

A walk back from town in the spring sunshine last week provided the ideal opportunity… and the discovery of a flash of butter yellow cowslips to brighten my view.

Looking at the previous photo, it’s interesting to see how the bench’s surroundings have changed. When it was an ex bench there was lush growth around it. Today’s bare ground and a stray pop bottle suggests it’s well used.

It’s that usage which probably allowed the cowslips to re-emerge or take hold for the first time. Around here they thrive and provide delight where the grass is kept relatively short.

Friday Bench: Remembrance

A timely find thanks to Philippa Burough via Twitter ๐Ÿ™‚ You can see the original tweet + responses to it here.

I’ve also been looking into the soldiers’ stories commemorated in Pewsham’s street names this week. Chippenham must have one of the largest and most unusual war memorials in the country.