11th May 2020

Dragon
© sasastro

Not the nicest of days for walking and taking photos high winds and cold air make such a difference. We cheated and drove in to town to start our walk from Ram Meadow Car Park. The football club awaits the return of its fans. We walk through the meadow, the blue skies give lie to how cold it feels. We spot stepping stones across the river. Borage with its pretty blue flowers catches my eye. The footpath out is criss-crossed with branches overhead.

The Station public house has lost its I and O.

The Tin Tabernacle once housed The Railway Mission, now it houses 7th Day Adventists. Shame that the car wash notices mar the view. The remains of the medieval Hospital of St Saviour, founded 1184/85 by Abbot Sampson can be seen off Fornham Road near Tesco.

Up Thingoe Hill, behind that ugly wall is the A14. From here you can see how the Sugar Beet factory dominates the skyline. We cross the bridge and walk along Northgate Avenue. Pots with grasses aptly illustrate wind-blown hair, a robin sits on the wall of The Robins. A dragon guards a gateway. Along Norfolk Road we see home-made bunting decorating the trees. A teddy guards Layham drive and a re-purposed brown bin in Bell Meadow thanks key workers with it's masked and hatted guardian.

A rebel for change banner is wrapped around a tree, the wind pauses giving enough time to capture a yellow rose. Allotment gates wide open, giving folk an escape from their houses, favourite tools and wheelbarrows parked inside. Irises looking beautiful against the fence and a marigold's petals are blown by the wind Cotton Lane would look pretty were it not for the double yellow lines.

Almost forgot the pink shiny car, parked on the pavement outside the wrong door.