Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Wallingford cemetery

Another result of all the events on Monday connected to the Swan Uppers we walked towards Wallingford Castle from a different direction ...
 ... and came to this decorative brick and flint wall.  We walked alongside it to a kissing gate into a lane and eventually into a graveyard.
 Where we found these two church-like buildings
 ... one either side of a turning circle for vehicles  This is it on Google maps.  Looking through the window of the closest one it appeared as if it's used for storage, trolleys etc.
 Through the windows of the other one it looks as if it was or maybe still is used for burial services although not too recently

 If anyone has any further information about these buildings I'd love to hear from them.

We wandered around looking at dates on the headstones and the oldest appeared to be around 1860 and a few much more recent

 ... but these two caught our eye being military personnel dated 2011 and 1919
 We continued our wander out of the graveyard onto Castle Street where the Cemetery Lodges are situated; I think they are now private residences.
 Castle gates and lodges also in Castle Street which match those in the town near the river.

Well, for what we intended to be a quiet walk that day it transpired be be anything but uneventful!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Swan Upping part 2 ... and the transpired events unfold ...

Remember in my previous post that after seeing the swan uppers arrive in Wallingford George and I walked towards the castle but the cattle prevented us from crossing the field so we walked on?  Do you?  Well, this is what we came across a few minutes later ... lots of photos, but no apologies for that ...

 The officer is suggesting that the pen (female) goes back into the river before the cob as he was becoming rather aggressive 

Well, what excitement that was - I felt so privileged to have been able to watch the swans being released back into the water.  Perhaps next time we shall see them capture them and do all the monitoring process on the swans.

And how the events transpired ... when I looked online to see where and when we could see the swan upping and that Abingdon was their final destination I had a senior moment and thought that we were in Abingdon and that's why I couldn't understand why they come through earlier!  We were of course in Wallingford (an easy mistake to make!).

If we hadn't decided to go for a walk we'd have missed it altogether.
If the cows hadn't been on the path across the field to the castle  we wouldn't have walked on and we'd have missed the fantastic colourful sight that we did see.  

We were sooooo lucky!

Later in the afternoon the swan family came a-calling none the worse for their ordeal.