A week off

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”

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This seems a bit an annual event – the sidmouth regatta – with the culprits playing at the sailing club with a spectacular firework display afterwards

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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!

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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

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

monday was a good trip to weston to see some friends who live there – we started the day near dismaland

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then moved onto a sand sculpture place – there was an area where people could build mini sculptures

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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!

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after lunch we went to the marine lake and saw fish swimming in it

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the walkway between the lake and the sea

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throwing a ball near the pier

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wednesday was a trip to lyme – luckily the school holidays are over and lyme once again becomes bearable to visit

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walking on the cobb at lyme

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

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

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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”

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the wild part of the gardens

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a cat painting in one of the follies

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the water mill building

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clay owls in the gift shop

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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

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the ferry passed quite a few rowing boats on the floating harbour

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i got off the ferry near the watershed and walked round the historic welsh back area – the entrance to this building looked very colourful

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some graffiti near the llandoger trow pub – not quite up to banksy standards though!

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i saw this rather colourful character with doing a guided tour a few times – it seems he is a banksy expert from his website

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the arnolfini gallery – they had an interesting exhibition – time and space by richard long – this was created using mud from the river avon

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i like the design of the building – has quite an industrial minimal look to it

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some new flats near the m shed – called wapping wharf – i’d imagine the views from the flats would be good!

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inside the m shed – a display of balloons with a huge satellite image of bristol below

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a 1960’s apartment block at redcliffe – the design is quite interesting – looks council owned but probably sold off by now

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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

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