Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 2
This page follows Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 1, which takes the route to the quay down Convent Walk, a dike between the mill stream and the river.
This page starts by back-tracking (in a virtual sense) back to Castle Street and, instead of taking the Convent Walk turn-off, it takes the earlier right-turn past the huge mound topped by a ruined pair of ancient stone arches west of the bowling green.
I took these photos in the late afternoon of May 1st, and in June and mid-July 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 and July 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 two photos taken in 2018 and one in 2019, and some from 1996. I took the latter with a film camera shortly after my mother died in December 1995.
The path converges with the mill stream and continues past the priory.
I took this photo of Faina in late August 2018. It fits in geographically with this series, if not temporally. The exit from the walled path is at upper left. The mill stream and Convent Walk are hidden below the farthest trees.
This route joins that of the preceding page at the stone bridge over the mill stream at Place Mill. Proceeding south to the quay…
In about 1994, the crew of this boat (or one like it) and I lifted my mother in her wheelchair from the quayside into the boat. Although she was unable to speak properly, I could tell that she enjoyed the trip down the harbour. We lifted her out in similar fashion onto the jetty by the café at the Mudeford sandbank. I wheeled her back to the nursing home via Hengistbury Head.
I took this photo in June from about the same place as the preceding photo, but turned to the right.
Like the Oasis Cafe pictured on the preceding page, I sat outside Old Mill Tea Rooms with my old mum on several occasions. At the time of writing (summer 2020) it is still operating, but with ‘social distancing’ markers because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I previously imagined the dinosaurs all existed at about the same time before going extinct suddenly 65 million years ago. Not so — according to what I heard on a BBC Radio 4 science program. By the time of Tyrannosaurus rex, the huge brontosaurus had been extinct for so long that it was already just a fossil (collectively). Tyrannosaurus rex is closer in time to the iPhone than to the brontosaurus.
Around the curve in the preceding photo — and a quarter century back in time…
When I was a youngster Robert’s was one of four or five shops in Christchurch that sold plastic model kits. In 2020 it is either another realtor (estate agent), travel agent, or ladies’ clothes shop (I forget which).
On the end of the row — the north end of Church St — was Roberts’ almost-namesake Roberta. When I went past that window with my mother in her wheelchair, we always stopped to laugh at the outrageous price labels.
Roberta relocated to Bournemouth in 2019 to be replaced by Tom’s, which has already closed.
Looking to the left from that same camera position, again late last century…
The Oxfam premises are now (in 2020) occupied by a mobile phone store. Courts carpet store is now a large cafe-bar. Bookends book store, next along from Courts, had just moved from its much smaller premises in Church Street. Bookends is still in its new location.
Retracing our virtual steps north up the High Street…
Through the underpass and north up Bargates…
Castle’s was there when I first came to the area in 1964. Here in Britain we call a hardware store an iron monger. (Or we used to.)
This topic continues in Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 3; Purewell.
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