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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Whitchurch and W W ll

I only spotted this plaque today and I must have passed this spot many times in either the bus or car.  It just shows that you see much more either walking or cycling.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Dormouse bridge

When they constructed this new road and cyclepath there were dormice in the area, so these bridges were built to give them freedom of movement.  As dormice live in trees as opposed to on the ground, their routes have to stretch between trees instead of along underpasses used by, for example, hedgehogs and badgers. Dormice are a protected species.

Cyclists, whilst we may think of ourselves as precious, we are not a protected species, but some very nice paths and bridges have been created for us too.  This one goes from Talbot Green to Tonyrefail.

In many areas they have managed to put to very good recreational use land that was used by heavy industry.  This was the site of the Coed Ely colliery now a calm and tranquil place compared to what it was.

Coed Ely Colliery
[Picture from the web]

I suppose it must seem odd to some how close together the houses were built, and often in some unusual places.  Maybe the term, a close knit community best describes it.

The top of a flat mountain was just the place for a housing estate.!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Cardiff Bay

While out for a ride the other day I took a couple of shots on my phone of the Bay from Paget Road in Penarth.   I photoshopped them into this panorama shot.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


A beautiful city and quite rightly a world heritage city, so well worth a visit.  Even if it is a 900 mile round trip from Cardiff.  But we were there for a good reason.

These guys are on many a street corner and bring a bit of class to busking.

Many spires are on view, and can often be seen from unusual spots.

Off the roads are many of these alleyways which lead into some fine apartments.

O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
(O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.)
Robert Burns, Poem "To a Louse" - verse 8
Scottish national poet (1759 - 1796)  
I think Burns forsaw this as feedback, long before it became a team management development tool..........................and here's his monument.

This quirkly little building is on the edge of Holyrood Palace.

A short bus ride from the centre is Portobello with its Victoria houses and a clean beach.

...............and our reason for the trip was our son playing hockey.  Wales didnt do too well, loosing to England and Scotland, but beating a Scottish Invitational XI.  But a wonderful experience.