Friday, January 21, 2011

Blog Sabbatical ...

NOTICE: I'm going on a Blog Sabbatical ....

“Sabbatical or a sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos,
from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest
from work, or a hiatus, often lasting from two months to a year.”
source: en.wikipedia.org

 ... Signing Off, For Now ...

... It is a very busy time for me at the moment
so I decided to put the blog on hold
for the remainder of the year ... 

I will go back to regular posts on

 Monday, January 2, 2012 ...

In the words of a famous ex-actor, I’ll be back ...

With thanks and appreciation ...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Moo ...

... 'Moo' spotted on the M20 motorway
 'Just Milk Pure and Simple' ...
  
Moo Milk - find out about us:
 by www.moomilk.co.uk
... the Moo brand was launched in 2004 ...
... Moo is entirely owned by about 1600 farmers ...

  
Moo fact:
2 million: the number of cows in Great Britain.
That's one for every 29 people.
  
  
... driving (left) on the
M20 motorway ...
by en.wikipedia.org/wiki
... the M20 is a motorway in Kent, England.
It runs from the M25 motorway to Folkestone,
providing a link to the Channel Tunnel and
the ports at Dover ...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stonehenge ...

... Stonehenge seen from the car,
 the A305/A344 junction (Stonehenge Bottom) ...
  
 ... the countryside around Stonehenge,
 Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire ...
   
 ... the Stonehenge Tour Bus ...
   
 ... another Stonehenge's view ...
   
 ... over 4000 years old ...
   
... the mysterious Stone Circle, black and white ...

... the great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge
is unique: an exceptional survival from a prehistoric
culture now lost to us.
The monument evolved  between 3.000 BC and
1.600 BC and is aligned with the rising and the setting
of the sun at the solstices, but its exact purpose
remains a mystery.  To this day Stonehenge
endures as a source of inspiration and fascination
and, for many, a place of worship and celebration ...
source: infoboard English Heritage

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

7 seater MCW Metrocab ...

the MCW Metrocab ... (EN)
 by en.wikipedia.org
... is a taxicab, launched in 1987...
... All production ceased in April 2006 ...
The vehicle had a Ford Transit 2.5 litre diesel engine
and incorporated many notable features for a taxi.
The bodywork was constructed from fibreglass.
It was the first Hackney carriage model to have
disc brakes as standard, it also had a seven-passenger
seat option, and wheelchair access ...
  
Trivia:
Prince Philip uses a Metrocab as a town car in London ...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Codford St. Mary ...

... Chitterne brook runs into the river Wylye ...
  
... The Lodge 6 (early 19th century)
Cottage orné or rural retreat.
Probably built as a lodge to Stockton House ...
source: britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
  
... Codford Highstreet cottage ... (17/18 th century) ...
  
... Chitterne Road ...
  
Codford ...
 by en.wikipedia.org
... south of Salisbury Plain in the Wylye Valley in Wiltshire ...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Chitterne ...

... former Inn 'White Hart House'  (1651) 
on Chitterne Road and walls playingfields (late 17th century),
chequered flint and limestone saddleback stone coping ...
source: britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
  
... All Saints and St Mary (1863),
built to designs by T.H. Wyatt,
chequered flint and limestone ...
britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
  
Chitterne  ...
 by en.wikipedia.org
... a Wiltshire village on the Plain ...

Friday, January 14, 2011

the Imber Ranges ...

... road sign: tank crossing ...
  
... Caution, massive amount of armor crossing the road.
Imagine that. You’re out for a nice drive.
And suddenly … a tank, crossing the road ...
source: toptenz.net
  
... Berril valley track, to the uninhabited Imber village ...
  
... Berril valley ...
   
... the Imber Ranges are heavily used for military training.‭ 
A combination of difficult‭ ‬terrain and unexploded military
debris make it hazardous to leave the marked routes.‭ 
The public are excluded from Imber Ranges at all times,‭
even if flags are not flying.‭  ‬The only exception being
when the roads through Imber are opened to allow
the public to‭ ‬reduce journey times across Imber Ranges...‭ 
source: kennet-communityweb.com
  
Imber ...
by en.wikipedia.org ...
 ... is an uninhabited village in part of the British Army's
training grounds on the Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tilshead ...

... Rose & Crown Inn (16th century),
a late-medieval timber-framed house,
rebuilt in present form in the 17th century ...
  
... pub and post office, High Street ...
  
... Tilshead is a small village located in Wiltshire,
It lies roughly halfway between Market Lavington and
Shrewton, and is located at the source of the River Till ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Linkenholt ...

 ... 'Lôôk English Strawberries' ad
 on the A4 road to Newbury ...
  
 ... brick and flint cottage in Upton, Hampshire
   
 ... signpost in the village of Upton,
direction Linkenholt 2 miles ...
   
 ... Linkenholt, please drive carefully through the village ...
  
 ... this is England! ...
  
 ... the Rectory (1870) ...
... early Arts and Crafts style of building ...
source: britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
   
... Church of St Peter (1871), which originally
dates back to the 12th century but was
significantly rebuilt by William White
in Early English style of a Norman church ...
source: britishlistedbuildings.co.uk

  
Linkenholt ...
 by en.wikipedia.org
... is a village near Andover in Hampshire,
with about 40 inhabitants.The village lies
in an area of outstanding natural beauty ...
  
... the peace is only ever broken by the postman
delivering mail or a stray pheasant ...
source: news.bbc.co.uk
 
... Linkenholt village, Hampshire, has been
 sold to H&M tycoon Stefan Persson ...
... The world's 16th-richest man is preparing
to buy the 2,000 acre Linkenholt estate
near Andover, Hampshire, for £25m ...
  
... It comes complete with an Edwardian-style
manor house, 1,500 acres of farmland,
a 425-acre wood, a cricket ground and
21 cottages leased to villagers....
  
... The only building not included
in the sale is St Peter’s Church ...
  
... Pheasant and partridge shooting rights
should also prove lucrative for the 61-year-old
fashion tycoon, who counts the king and queen
of Sweden among his friends ...
source: guardian.co.uk - Monday 25 May 2009

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Combe ...

... Combe Bottom ...
  
... Manor Farm House (17th century) - Church Lane  ...
  
... walls surrounding St. Swithin's Churchyard
(17th/18th century) ...
 
... wooden tower.  There are 3 bells:
C# - Treble, inscribed 'Sancte Laurente' (1430)
A - Tenor, inscribed 'Give thanks to God (1616)
B - Second, by T. Mears (1831)
The bells have recently re-hung. 
One by the Parishioners and Friends of Combe,
the two other by friends of the late Mrs. Mowat.
source: info in church
     
 ... the nave dates from the 2nd half of the 12th century.
The roof of the nave was renewed in 1933.
Electric light was installed in 1952 ...
source: info in church
     
... offerings during a harvest festival ...

Church of St. Swithin (12th/13th century)
... flintstone wall with a small wooden tower
and date stone 1652 ...
  
... the church existed here at the time of the Doomesday Survey.
Soon after the Norman Conquest the Manor of Combe
was given to the Abbey of Bec Hellouin in Normandy.
It was afterwards attached to the Convent of
Benedictine Monks at Ogbourne ...
source: info in church
  
Combe ...
 by en.wikipedia.org
... is a village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire ...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oxford - Linton Road ...

 ... milk float on the rounds  ...
... he battles through rain, hail, snow, and dashes
past vicious dogs to bring you a pint... of milk ...
He is one of the morning’s unsung heroes;
a trooper of the dawn, the milkman ...
source: menmedia.co.uk
  
 ... room with a view, St Andrew's Church, Oxford
 by en.wikipedia.org ...
... in a neo-Norman style, designed by A.R.G. Fenning
... is an evangelical, bible-teaching Church of England 
parish church. It was consecrated in 1907...
  
 ... the west rose window, a stylised version
of which is used as the church logo.
There is a small bellcote on the south-west side ...
source: en.wikipedia.org
  
... Linton Road was developed between 1894 and 1912 ...
source: britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
  
 ... Edward VII Type A pillar box (1904-1910)
by Andrew Handyside & C° - Derby,
at the junction Linton Road and Northmoor Road ...

source: johnsbooks.org
  
... in the background Linton Road n° 7 (1900)
architect: Arthur Hamilton Moberly
... Neo-Georgian style house,
styled like a miniature country house ...
source: britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
   
by lintonlodge.com
... located on the fringe of Oxford's city centre ...
... consisting of a series of Edwardian houses, which have been
 converted whilst retaining much of the original atmosphere ...
  
... there is a garden with a seating area ...
source: lintonlodge.com
  
... 1.5 acres of well-maintained and mature gardens ...
source: lintonlodge.com
  
... eucalyptus foliage ...
  
... three approx. 30 year old eucalyptus trees ...
  
Linton Road ...
by en.wikipedia.org
... is a road in North Oxford, England.
At the western end is the Banbury Road.
At the eastern end is Wolfson College,
a graduate college of the University of Oxford ...

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