Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Bloggers BBQ

Friday 30th June, we knew a certain boat was due to arrive
... so we walked (George ran) up the meadows when we saw her coming out of the lock.  
Abingdon was busy but we'd found a good slot for NPXL to pull into and as there was sufficient room for two ...
... George went back to collect SR.
Nose to nose!
Saturday we needed to walk into town for a few supplies
... so walked the long way round for a bit more excercise 
... through St Mary's Abbey gardens

... very pretty with wild flowers at this time of year
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The Old Abbey House built around 1780 and acquired by Abingdon Town Council in 1923.  In 1847 it was first rented by and then purchased by James Smallbone, a wealth business man who became Abingdon's Mayor in 1793.
Beautiful leaded windows
T'was said Mayor who had the inscription carved above the main door
"through this wide opening gate, none come too early none return too late” – an adaptation of some lines from a poem by Alexander Pope and which also were used at Montacute House in Somerset.

The 15th century gatehouse was the main entrance to the Abbey

The 12th century St Nicholas' Church is one of the few remaining buildings from the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary

Abingdon's baroque County Hall was built around 1680 in the style of Sir Christopher Wren.  Today the cellars have an educational room and cafe. The ground floor would have held the local market and the first floor was known as the Sessions Hall because its primary function was a courtroom when required.  This room now holds a permanent exhibition of historical artefacts including a feature on the MG car works which was located near the town. The attic also exhibits other town treasures and the building is topped by a lantern surrounded by a balustrade. 
A 1920's style wedding

Alleyway leading to the town square ...

... where there were belly-dancers and morris dancers too
Looking back as we leave town to return to the boat
SR and NP on the bend of the river
... it's been a while since we were together
A perfect end to the day!
George in his usual place, then Liz and Jan nb Mystic (?), Sue and Vic wb NPXL and Mary and Brian dutch barge Kyrenia who winter moored at  Hambleden Marina at the same time as us.

... after which the setting sun turned the trees into gold.
What more could anyone need!

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