A week off

date: sat 15 aug 15
tags: taunton, bristol, weston-super-mare, lyme regis, sidmouth

29/8/15 Not strictly part of my week off, this was the preceding weekend - a land rover was parked outside sainsburys in taunton FULL of balloons!

I think there was some sort of competition along the lines of "guess the number of balloons"


29/8/15 This seems a bit an annual event - the sidmouth regatta - with the culprits playing at the sailing club with a spectacular firework display afterwards


31/8/15 Moving onto the bank holiday monday - there was a "tower tour" at st mary's church in taunton - the visibility was quite good and for £3 i could climb all the way to the top and there was a £5 option where you could also ring bells but I have rung bells before so just did the tower tour.

There was a group of only 3 doing the tour being the last tour of the day - some earlier tours had 15 people!


5/9/15 On to the actual week off now - actually 9 days off including the weekends - day 1 was just spent locally rather than going on any trips

a view of the road building works at 40 steps - they seem to have been building this bit of road (nidr) very slowly over the last 2 and a half years and it now has a layer of tarmac on it - it was just gravel a few weeks ago

i think it was originally planned to be finished 6 months ago


sunday was a trip to the turf pub near exeter on the brompton bikes but did not take my camera so no pictures

7/9/15 monday was a good trip to weston to see some friends who live there - we started the day near dismaland


7/9/15 then moved onto a sand sculpture place - there was an area where people could build mini sculptures


7/9/15 our local experts knew the best places to eat and we got fish n chips at this very traditional chip shop called "papas fish & chips" - far better than the awful places on the sea front near the pier!


7/9/15 after lunch we went to the marine lake and saw fish swimming in it


7/9/15 the walkway between the lake and the sea


7/9/15 throwing a ball near the pier


9/9/15 wednesday was a trip to lyme - luckily the school holidays are over and lyme once again becomes bearable to visit


9/9/15 walking on the cobb at lyme


9/9/15 the huts on the cobb with signs for fishing trips, susie b etc


9/9/15 the building on the seafront had a window with lots of ducks inside


11/9/15 on friday we had a trip to hestercombe - have not been inside the house itself before, but it now has various exhibitions and there - the was called "double take"


11/9/15 the wild part of the gardens


11/9/15 a cat painting in one of the follies


11/9/15 the water mill building


11/9/15 clay owls in the gift shop


16/9/15 on saturday i took the train to bristol - luckily the ferry was waiting at temple meads quay and it's only £2 for a one way ticket to the city centre


16/9/15 the ferry passed quite a few rowing boats on the floating harbour


16/9/15 i got off the ferry near the watershed and walked round the historic welsh back area - the entrance to this building looked very colourful


16/9/15 some graffiti near the llandoger trow pub - not quite up to banksy standards though!


16/9/15 i saw this rather colourful character with doing a guided tour a few times - it seems he is a banksy expert from his website


16/9/15 the arnolfini gallery - they had an interesting exhibition - time and space by richard long - this was created using mud from the river avon


16/9/15 i like the design of the building - has quite an industrial minimal look to it


16/9/15 some new flats near the m shed - called wapping wharf - i'd imagine the views from the flats would be good!


16/9/15 inside the m shed - a display of balloons with a huge satellite image of bristol below


16/9/15 a 1960's apartment block at redcliffe - the design is quite interesting - looks council owned but probably sold off by now


16/9/15 there was an "open doors" day in bristol and redcliffe caves were open - it was so dark in the caves and i was trying to navigate using light from the screen on my phone, but then i remembered the "torch" feature which helped me find my way round - this plan shows that they caves go quite a way under the streets of redcliffe