Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 1
This page follows Miscellaneous photos 3, the 1960s.
I took most of these photos in the late afternoon of May 1st, and a morning and two early afternoons in June 2020 in Christchurch on the Dorset coast. I took the May photos with my usual Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR zoom ‘bridge’ camera. I took the June photos with a new (pre-owned) Fujifilm X100F fixed lens compact. Both are electronic cameras despite the film part of the name Fujifilm.
I have also included a photo from 2018 and one from 1996, the latter taken with a film camera shortly after my mother died in December 1995.
Update: A couple more photos added taken in mid August 2020 and after.
The sequence starts from the railway bridge where Fairmile Road becomes Bargates, proceeds down to the High street, left onto Castle Street, right onto Convent Walk to the quay. Photos of subsequent parts of the route are on the next page.
I took this photo in the morning. By afternoon, the Coffee Pot is on the shadowed side of the street.
Emerging from the pedestrian tunnel under the bypass* in August 2020 you enocunter a new café on the corner of the High Street…
* Apparently, semi literate people have no problem associating the word bypass with a road that leads straight to the town center.
Incidentally, the only café in Christchurch (Dorset) I do not recommend is Caffè Nero on the corner of the High street/Saxon Square.
Re-crossing the street (in a virtual sense) and proceeding to Saxon Square past the red phone box and past the steps of the underpass…
Picture this – a day in December
Picture this – feezing cold weather
You got clouds on your lids and you’d be on the skids
If it weren’t for your job at the garage.
— From the lyrics of Picture This by Blondie/Deborah Harry/Chris Stein/Jimmy Destri 1978
New in August 2020 is the Picture This art gallery featuring the work of Kate Marr (that’s her in the white jacket). See under External links later on this page for her web site.
The Oasis café is long gone, but I remember sitting outside it with my old mum in the last year of her life reading a magazine about World War 2 airplanes that I had just bought in WH Smith, a few metres away. At the time of writing (summer 2020) these premises are occupied by one of a succession of small businesses that, while possibly viable in London, are doomed to fail in provincial Britain, their parting message sometimes appearing as a printed sheet complaining that they were forced to close because of insufficient government subsidy. The free market, eh?
These three are skilled guitarists and harmonious vocalists (or what we used to call singers). They perform mainly Beatles songs and they seem to call themselves The Henrys (if I recall right). They have a web site, but I did not make a note of it, figuring that a well-phrased search would find it. Well phrased or otherwise, I found no trace of them online.
Out of Saxon Square and on to the High Street…
The spire of this church is prominent in a photo I took from a nearby hill looking towards the priory and the coast. See Miscellaneous photos, on the hill.
This was during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, during which many shops were closed and pedestrians kept a two-metre distance apart, unless they were members of the same household.
The doors at the end of the arcade used to be an entrance to the main post office. Now (in 2020) it is a vintage ladies’ dress shop. Inside the glass at right is a café bar, but for many years it was a carpet store. And the Pizza Express on the left was in the early- and mid-1990s a shop of mixed content, which included plastic model kits and even aviation postcards. The spaces farther down have changed use similarly over the years.
Turning left at the mini roundabout at the end of the High street onto Castle Street…
Incidentally, the next page (part 2 of this virtual tour) starts by going through those iron gates. However, for the remaining photos on this page, departure from Castle Street is a few metres farther on.
Even astronauts take their holidays here.
Turning right from Castle Street opposite the King’s Arms hotel and just before the first river bridge onto Convent Walk…
Castle Street becomes Bridge Street at the first bridge (as far as I can determine).
This is a bridge over a run-off from the mill stream to the river. The plaque is not brass. It is gloss black with raised white lettering, but here it reflects the light from the river and its moored boats.
The swan settled back onto the water farther down. It seemed to me that it thought better of taking off fully with the overhanging trees in front on both sides, the bend in the stream, and the people coming its way.
The tip feathers curl upwards because of air pressure, as far as I know. (At rest they are straight.) Various hang glider designers over the years have tried to emulate them on the premise that they must be a good thing. (A reasonable assumption, it seems to me, given that soaring birds have them too.) Most recently (as of 2020) Wills Wing in California offers flexible tip attachments, which some pilots who have tried them claim improve both performance and handling at low speed. (See under External links later on this page.)
I took this photo of Faina in late August 2018. It fits in geographically with this series, if not temporally. Faina was made in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2013 (if I recall right) and I also took a photo of her sitting on a bench in the park (see next page) which is why I call it Gorky Park.
This topic continues in Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 2.
Scenery in Miscellaneous photos.
Picture This art gallery: Artist Kate Marr
Wills Wing carbon fiber and Lexan raked tip attachment: Wills Wing Sport 3 review by Jonathan Deitch page 38-9 in USHPA Pilot, May-June 2018. He describes the effect of the tips starting at the bottom-right of page 38.