Daffodils for St. David’s day

It is not certain how the daffodil became the national flower of Wales but Welsh people often wear a daffodil in their buttonhole on March 1st for St. David’s day.

#Sunday Stills is a weekly photo challenge run by Terri Webster Shrandt. For the second Sunday in March, the challenge is your national or state flower.

I am English and our national flower is the rose. I love roses  but they  flower in the summer here.  So I cheated and took a trip across the Severn Bridge to Wales and chose the daffodil. Continue reading “Daffodils for St. David’s day”

A Falconry display at Tintern Abbey

Last year we decided to visit Tintern Abbey a ruined Cistercian abbey that sits high above the river wye, the river that divides South Wales from England. The abbey was built in the gothic style between 1361 and 1550 and the monks grew rich from the profits of the wool trade. It was dissolved by Henry VIII but the fact that so much survives is a tribute to the skill of the early builders. Continue reading “A Falconry display at Tintern Abbey”

Sugar and spice and all things nice.

This week is valentine’s week and the theme for this week’s photo challenge is sweet.

First a confession I don’t usually like sweet things, I prefer savoury snacks and don’t take sugar in my tea. However since this week’s #Sunday stills photo challenge is “sweet” I thought I would try to see what I could manage.

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The Shambles Bradford on Avon

The Tolsey Bradford on Avon.

I am adding this post to #Thursday Doors. This is a weekly fun feature run by Norman Frampton which allows door lovers from around the world to share their finds.

I discovered this door on a walk in Bradford on Avon near Bath. As it was obviously very old I tried to find out a bit more about it. Bradford on Avon was a Saxon town which grew up around a monastery. It is famous for having one of the earliest stone churches in England dating from around a thousand A.D. It also has an enormous medieval tithe barn which attests to the wealth of the area. (In medieval England people were expected to pay a tenth of their income to the church).

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The South West rambler Competitions page

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The South West of England is a favourite tourist destination. I will try to share the latest holiday and  some other  local  competitions here.  If you win any thing from one of my links please let me know in the comments below. Continue reading “The South West rambler Competitions page”

Places to visit near Bristol

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Clevedon is a small Victorian seaside town at the mouth of the river Severn about thirteen miles from Bristol. Recently it became famous as the location for many of the scenes in the television series Broadchurch starring Olivia Coleman and David Tennant. It is also home to the Curzon, one of the oldest purpose built cinemas still in use. However the grade 1 listed Pier is the town’s main claim to fame. Continue reading “Places to visit near Bristol”

Christmas 2019 in Bristol

There are lots of reasons to visit Bristol this Christmas. The German market in Broadmead is bigger and livelier than usual. You can enjoy a Stein of Lager in the beer garden or try curling on the artificial ice rink. The galleries shopping centre are decorated with candy canes and lollipops and Cabot circus is hosting Santa’s Grotto.

A large wooden father christmas in Cabot circus #Bristmas #Bristol Christmas 2019 #Cabot circus

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Introducing the South West rambler

The ruins of Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey

I  am Anne. I live in Bristol with my husband Bill  our grown up daughter Angela and two cats Heidi and Tilly. We also have four sons two daughter in laws and two grand children. I am a retired nurse. I started this website to give more information for visitors to the South West of England and South Wales. I already run a blog which has become  quite popular.  The Platinum Line 

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