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Soon it will be time to continue on our planned camper van trip around the coast of the UK. Last year we travelled from Inverness North and then followed the coast South down the Scottish West if you followed our trip on this blog and want to follow our new 2015 blog visit our other blog page https://andyfinnegan.wordpress.com/
This year we will head for Scotland up the M6 as far as Moffat the first bit the boring bit A to B. Then the holiday adventures start cutting across East through the Cairngorms to Inverness before again following the coast South. We aim to follow the coast as close as possible visit the harbours beaches and villages on route.
House sitting sorted so the cat and the garden will get cared for.
Our VW California campervan is coming up for 3 years old and 40,000 miles on the clock so MOT and end warranty checks sorted out last week. All camping equipment checked and sorted what we are taking. Basic food larder stocked with the aim of buying local produce day to day.
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Botley Flour Mill is first recorded in the Doomsday Book of 1086. At that time it was owned by Ralph de Mortimer a French nobleman prior to 1066 it referenced in the |Doomsday Book as of pre Saxon origins.
The last wheels being fitted in 1870 The milling continued until 1993.The site is now a site of many small shops much of the workings remain some of the main buildings are in poor repair with the rear roof covered with sheeting.The advantage of the shopping centre at the mill is you can explore the mill (while looking at the shops or not).
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here's an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.
In the early hours of Sunday morning I decided to see if I could see some shooting stars. I had only ever seen a shooting star once before so after hearing on the news yesterday afternoon that The Germind Meteor shower was due to give us a shooting star show on the night of 13/12/14 morning of 14/12/14.
Waking like clock work at 01.30 hours for a call of nature I stared out of the bedroom window to reveal a frosty night with clear sky my astronomical adventure was on.
Deciding our road had too much light pollution I de-iced the van and headed for darker skies. (Heater full on, heated seats full on) Passing through our village with the odd person staggering home after a night out and taxi dropping people off.
Parking up in the car park at 01:30 Durley Church I starter looking skyward my eyes soon adjusted to the dark “It is full of Stars” to quote 2001 A Space Odyssey.
In the moonlight with the outline of the church tower I spent the next hour and a bit watching the fast moving lines of shooting star streaking access the sky. seeing one every few minutes, I stopped counting at 20 sightings.
A most interesting way to spend the early hours of a Sunday Morning.
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One of my interests is to visit old churches to enjoy the architecture both inside and out, today I decided to look at 3 local churches within Southampton. I am not religious but enjoy the tranquillity within the churches.(when I can get inside) I understand why but increasingly I find church doors locked, this was my experience today even with the approach of Christmas I was greeted by locked doors.
My first visit was to The Church of St Mary’s in the Parish of South Stoneham I thought I was in luck when I walked up the drive reading the sign Welcoming me to the Church and stating ” A place of prayer, worship, community and pilgrimage since the 12 century”. Set in its own churchyard the church was interesting. despite the sign the church was locked.
On into the city centre and The Parish Church of Southampton St Michael’s I entered through the large wooden door thinking things were looking up this time I was met by an inner glass screen with a door telling me pushed to open, unsuccessful it was also locked !!!.
OK, down the road to the bombed out Holly Rood Church which is now a merchant navy memorial since its bombing in WW2 by German Air Force. Several memorials are inside the ruined church including one for the Falklands War.
So with no roof and thanks to Hitler’s attempts to destroy the City of Southampton I finally got a moment of tranquillity inside a Church today.