Studley Grange (Tuesday 10th July 2018)
Until last week the watered section of the Wilts and Berks from Templars Firs in Wootton Bassett that one could access ended at Chaddington Lane Bridge. The section to the east on the other side of the bridge was visible but frustratingly fenced off. However, behind the scenes the volunteers at the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust have been busy readying the next section and last Wednesday it was opened for the public to enjoy as a wildlife trail. According to the WBCT, "Funded by the Underwood Trust and other generous funders, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's water team and WBCT volunteers plus a team from Network Rail worked in teams of three, stayed safe and planted 20,000 wildflower plugs over 4 days in April"
This afternoon I parked at the bridge and walked along the towpath to the far end, where it currently abruptly comes to a dead end at a farm track bridge near to the Studley Grange complex that houses Butterfly World among other things, but there is no way in or out at that end. A lone swan was grazing there, probably the same one I have seen previously on the other section (see Extra).
My Blip was taken at the start of the trail looking east, and I couldn't resist the splendid loosestrife for Miranda1008's wonderful Wild Flower Challenge.
10.7.2018 (2035 hr)
Blip #2701 (#2451 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.60-18.3.10)
Consecutive Blip #009
Blips/Extras In 2018 #144/265 + #56/100 Extras)
Day #3031 (585 gaps from 26.3.10)
LOTD #1845 (#1686 + 159 in archived blips)
Wilts and Berks Canal series
Wootton Bassett series
Taken with Pentax K-1 and Pentax HD P-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens
The Wilts And Berks At Studley Grange, 10 July 2018 (Flickr album of 33 images)
Newly-restored canal section at Studley Grange opened to the public (Swindon Advertiser)
The Environment (WBCT)
Wilts & Berks Canal Audio Trail Studley Grange Royal Wootton Bassett -Restoration (WBCT)(2017)
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Marcus Miller and Selah Sue - Que Sera Sera (2018)
Marcus Miller (rhythm guitar, Wurlitzer electric piano, synthesizer, organ, clavichord, alto sax, vocal) and Selah Sue (vocal) with Michael "Patches" Stewart (trumpet), Adam Agati (guitar), Alex Han (alto sax), Alex Bailey (drums)
Far from Doris Day territory, this is from Laid Black (which it is).
One year ago:
The Old Forge (Front Yard)