this is Tilda on her holiday (Sal was there too of course) with Emmett.

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we have been relaxing in Bristol while the campervan has been having its brakes rebuilt at huge expense. lots of lovely walks in parks and woodlands around here; King’s Weston, Ashton Court, Leigh Woods, and farther afield, near Keynsham in the Chew valley.

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I didn’t take the camera on every trip, but here are a few pictures – firstly a view of the house at King’s Weston, a pretty Georgian pile with views across to the suspension bridge and Wales, surrounded by woods and huge lawns, with a pleasant tea room.

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wonderful stone carving everywhere, in the grounds and on the house.

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I love this abstract texture, on pillars surrounding big glazed doors.

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and this pot-like fluted almost sphere grabbed me.

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Leigh woods on the other hand go back to medieval church ownership and are full of old pollard oaks like this one, the remnants of ancient tree pasture. the practice of keeping cattle amongst trees is being revived with the introduction of six Red Devon cows to selected parts of the wood. they are in fact browsers and happy to eat low branches and shrubs.

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Sal had a nice time too.