Descent of the River Avon in Bath, below Pulteney Bridge.
We visited Bath this weekend, and it was gorgeous. Sunny and autumnal – my favourite weather.
The weir below Pulteney Bridge is mesmering, with the water above it like an infinity pool.
The tiny shops (not much more than a metre from front to back) on Pulteney Bridge have wonderful views out over the river. This photograph was taken right through the shop from outside.
This medlar tree was laden with fruit – we were looking down onto it from above. They are very strange-looking – rather like gigantic hawthorn fruits. I haven’t ever eaten one – you have to leave them to ‘blet’, which effectively means, to rot. Which sounds rather dubious.
On Friday night we had an excellent meal at the Circus restaurant (spiced pumpkin soup followed by lemon sole – mmmmmm). On Saturday morning, I was determined to go for a pre-breakfast run (ok, walk/jog) which was a bit of a challenge as I’d not slept too well from eating so much. However, it was a beautiful sunny morning, and I ran a little way alongside the River Avon.
I found a lovely paved labyrinth to jog round.
I didn’t quite complete the labyrinth, as I was distracted by the sight of this fine gentleman.
After Bath, we stopped off at Westonbirt Arboretum to see the autumn foliage display. The Acers (Japanese maples) were lovely, even though it wasn’t sunny when we were there.
It was £9 per person to get into the arboretum, but I think we had our money’s worth for the wonderful colours. I have seen reviews on Trip Advisor saying that it was expensive, and more or less complaining that an arboretum only had trees in, which seemed a bit unreasonable. Though, admittedly, when we visited Westonbirt once before, many years ago, there were sculptures in amongst the trees, and it did add to the interest.
I’ve finally caved in and bought myself an iphone, after years of having an extremely basic mobile. Oh, what fun I’ve had this weekend! Photos taken, messages and emails flying, web pages read and apps downloaded. Time wasted. 🙂
I am very pleased with the camera so far. It can’t get quite as close up as my main camera, and won’t zoom so far away – but it’s pretty good. The lighting was lovely this weekend – very autumnal with alternating sun and heavy showers plus some mist.
I’ve only tried out a few apps so far. A couple of weeks ago, I have to confess to not being entirely sure what an ‘app’ was, but now I know. I like being able to record birds, butterflies, ladybirds and mammals out ‘in the field’ so those are handy, and seem to work pretty well. I was lucky enough to spot a kingfisher on Saturday, and a jay on Sunday, so the bird recording got off to a very good start, as I don’t often see either of those. It must have been blue-feathered bird weekend.
A pulse rate app (cardiio) that works by detecting minute changes in face colour (or by a finger over the camera lens) is amazing, and surprisingly accurate too. It is free, but I’ve just noticed it’s only free ‘for a limited time’. Having the phone even got me out walking/running, so I could try out ‘map my walk‘ – I need a bit more practice to deserve ‘map my run‘ I think though.
So, a busy weekend.
It’s a full moon tonight, which I was alerted to by this post, which suggested that full moon might be a good time for target setting. The moon was beautiful both with a corona, glowing through light cloud cover, and when shining brightly all alone. You’ll just have to imagine the owl that I could hear out there too – hoo-hoooooo. No wolves though.
No targets set yet, but I’m thinking about them… maybe to take more photos? And to find the thingamajig for attaching the camera to the tripod, as it doesn’t work so well just balancing it on top. Hey ho.