- Norris and Binglewort
- Not Too Busy
- Great Scenery
- Dangerous Crossing
- Getting Ready For Summer …
- Prince Philip
- Nothing Happening Except …
- Restrictions Easing
- The Prince Philip
A Job Well Done
The scaffolding covering part of The Priory has all gone now, and it really looks spectacular. The picture below shows this far better then mere words could, so click it for a full-size version. Note that this is a large file, so may take a few seconds to load properly.
Whoever said that craftsmanship is not what it was?
Just one more picture today of a perhaps more familiar view of The Priory. Again, click for larger.
Norris and Binglewort
No, this isn’t a misprint or a quotation from The Goon Show or Rambling Sid Rumpo. You may remember last month’s picture of the spectacular flowers around the new cafe near the Ducking Stool. Well, this morning they were open as usual – it seems to be very popular – so although I did not want anything, I had a look at the (take-away) menu inside the open hatch. The people were very pleasant and I asked one of them why it had such an unusual name. I could understand a Mr (or Miss or Ms or even Mx I suppose) Norris, but surely not Binglewort. Anyway, the explanation was disappointing – it was made up, not real!
The main reason I had gone into Christchurch (apart from M&S, Poundland and Waitrose!) was to get some better shots of The Priory, this time with a decent lens. Here they are, click each for a bigger view. I did chat to some passers-by and we all agreed what a fantastic job they had done on the outside.
Note that there is a very large (around 8mb) copy of the first one on SmugMug Pictures, or there its a direct link here (new window). The full-resolution one may, of course, take some time to download.
As you know, today is a bank holiday, so I expected to look at The Echo and see that there were problems of overcrowding, reminiscent of those seen last summer. Well, I know it isn’t Bournemouth, this is the more-sedate Highcliffe, but the beaches at lunchtime today were fairly quiet and social distancing, on the whole, was being observed. It was warm, almost balmy, on the beach. I understand that will change dramatically tomorrow, however.
It Looked Fantastic
We are lucky down here. Much of the country is suffering with cold, chill and snow. However, a short walk this morning was very pleasant, in fact it was quite warm, even with a t-shirt, on the benches on the clifftop. Of course click for larger, remember View full size on the bottom right, if available.
Finally, I was surprised to see two ships on the horizon when I got home: I had just been photographing the left-hand one. I think the other one, on the right-hand side, is The Odyssey of the Seas, reported in The Echo.
The Risk Was Worth It!
This morning I took my life in my hands and sprinted on to the Fountain Roundabout in Christchurch. ‘Why do such a foolish thing, amongst that heavy traffic?’ I hear you say. It was to photograph the flowers which look really spectacular there, and I am sure are not always appreciated. This is not, of course, the only display in the area, but possibly the hardest to get to. Hence this update.
It was good to see this morning that the Quay was a hive of activity, the boatmen preparing their recreational craft and anticipating no doubt a busy summer. Oh, that it may be so! You can see the boats below, and the sailing garb for sale at the kiosk.
Here is the same view looking back:
It was good to see social distancing in action, and a nonchalant swan, on The Quay:
On the way back this group of flowers, probably missed by many, at last have their moment of glory! They are by the arched trees, near the Priory Memorial Gardens.
Finally, a sign by the Druitt Hall. It was not produced by The Council, but I do like the explanation at the bottom: good one!
As you will all know, Prince Philip passed away yesterday, at the age of nearly 100. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty, his family and all those who knew Prince Philip, the whole country and, indeed, much of the world will be grieving.
As is appropriate, flags were at half mast in Christchurch this morning. Click the gallery to see larger. Remember View full size, bottom right, if available.
Success in the End
This morning I had read that shops were working furiously to be ready for the re-opening tomorrow, and it was also possible for local football matches to resume. So where better to go than Christchurch itself?
Unfortunately there was no football on the Recreation Ground, and I didn’t see a single shop with people working furiously inside to be ready, they looked just as closed and dark as they had before. So, after my second look at the Recreation Ground (still no games in action) I went through Druitt Gardens and got the picture below. I had taken the camera and had found nought until then, so it was an opportunity, albeit an unexciting one.
True, it is only a grey squirrel, but a nice man had thrown some grain down and this greedy chap/chapess was thoroughly enjoying the feast. Normally they race off like lightning, but this one didn’t care! A lady passed and we chatted about squirrels (she had pointed out another one, but that was up a tree!), and after some discussion we both agree it was a pity it wasn’t a red squirrel! Still, it is a nice picture.
Well, it’s happened! The Market is more-or-less back to normal, and Christchurch was busy for our first day of more-or-less freedom. By 10am men were queuing outside Golden Cut for much-delayed coiffures:
Here is Bookends, open once more:
Saxon Square was busy. Here is one of the stalls. I do like the small figures, though at £20 each I resisted temptation!
On a more serious note, look above (10 April) to see two flags at half mast in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh. I missed the one below, on The Priory, which looked great this morning.
From BCP Council – Prince Philip
Although Prince Philip sadly passed on Friday, and there have been many personal, broadcast and media articles, interviews and documentaries about him, yesterday I received the following, via email from BCP Council. I have reproduced it all below, the tributes are warm:
Cllr David Flagg, Chairman of BCP Council:
The people of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and all of us at BCP Council, are saddened by the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen, and the wider Royal family at this difficult time.
The Duke of Edinburgh has visited our towns on a number of occasions over the past 70 years. In 1966, he accompanied The Queen when they visited Bournemouth Gardens, Christchurch town centre and the Christchurch Priory. Another notable visit from The Duke was to Poole in 1969, when The Queen opened Poole Hospital. Their 2004 visit began in Bournemouth with a visit to King’s Park and Bournemouth seafront. The Royal couple then continued on to The Lighthouse in Poole, followed by a tour of the new RNLI Training College. Thousands of residents lined Poole Quay as the Royals left the town on a lifeboat.
Many local people who are still resident in our area will have attended these historic events and will treasure their own recollections of those days.
Graham Farrant, Chief Executive of BCP Council:
This is a very sad time for the entire country and our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family at this very difficult period.
We have lost one of the most important figures from British history, who never wavered from their dedication to public duty and they served this country with courage and grace.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been a constant throughout all of our lives, and I am personally very saddened by this news, having always had a deep respect for him. I know that residents who have met him were always moved by his words of comfort or touched by his warmth.
I’m proud that all three of our towns have been visited by The Duke of Edinburgh – his place in history will never be forgotten.
Do you wish to send a personal message of condolence?
An Online Book of Condolence is now available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence. (This opens in a new window.)
Do you know someone who wishes to send a message of condolence, but doesn’t have access to the internet?
This week residents are able to use our dedicated computers in Boscombe, Broadstone, Bournemouth, Charminster, Christchurch, Kinson Hub, Poole, Rossmore and West Howe libraries, to leave a message in the national book of condolence for the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
No booking is required and social distancing measures remain in place.