Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 2


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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.

Bowling green building, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Bowling green building, June 2020

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.

Bowling green building veranda, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Bowling green building veranda

Grounds near the priory, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Grounds near the priory (June 2020)

Great war seating in grounds near the priory, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Great war seating in grounds near the priory

Priory, Christchurch, Dorset

Priory

Emily from North Carolina on the path by the priory Christchurch, Dorset, England,  in 2019

Emily from North Carolina on the path by the priory in May 2019


Mill stream and Convent walk viewed from the path by the priory

Mill stream and Convent walk viewed from the path by the priory in June 2020

The path converges with the mill stream and continues past the priory.

Wall with gate by the mill stream and Convent walk viewed from the path by the priory, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Wall with gate by the mill stream and Convent walk viewed from the path by the priory (June 2020)

Walled path from the priory to Gorky Park, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Walled path from the priory to Gorky Park (as I call it)


Faina Anatomical Doll sitting on a park bench in England

Gorky Park looking north from the stone bridge at Place Mill in 2018

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.

The priory, looking right from the stone bridge over the mill stream at Place Mill

Priory. This is looking to the west (right) from the stone bridge. Also looking left from where the preceding photo was taken. May 2020.

This route joins that of the preceding page at the stone bridge over the mill stream at Place Mill. Proceeding south to the quay…

Boat moored in the quay with middle part of Hengistbury Head across the harbour,  in Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Boat moored in the quay with middle part of Hengistbury Head across the harbour in May 2020


Ferry alongside the quay, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in July 2020

Ferry alongside the quay in July 2020

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.

Ferry reverses out into the quay, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in July 2020

The ferry reverses out


Boats in the quay at Christchurch, Dorset, England in June 2020

Boats in the quay in June

I took this photo in June from about the same place as the preceding photo, but turned to the right.

Quay at Christchurch, Dorset, England in July 2020

Panning to the right in July…


Old Mill Tea Rooms at the quay, Christchurch, Dorset, England,  in 1996

Old Mill Tea Rooms at the quay late last century (1996)

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.

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2018

Faina and swans by the yacht club at the quay in 2018

Houses at the quay, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Houses at the quay in June 2020

Away from the quay in Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Away from the quay. The hump in the road looks like a bridge, but it is just a hump. May 2020.


Dinosaur in the Red House Museum garden, Christchurch Dorset, England, in July 2020

Dinosaur in the Red House Museum garden in July 2020

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.
😯

Dinosaur in the Red House Museum garden, Christchurch Dorset, England, in May 2020

Another dinosaur

Church Street, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in May 2020

Church Street in May 2020


Around the curve in the preceding photo — and a quarter century back in time…

Roberts shop, Church Street, Christchurch, Dorset, England,  in 1996

Roberts, Church Street, in 1996

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).


Roberta ladies' clothing store, Church Street, Christchurch, Dorset, England,  in 1996

Roberta, Church Street, in 1996

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.


Tom's Cafe, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in May 2020

Tom’s Cafe on the corner of Church Street and Bridge Street in May 2020

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…

High Street looking north from Church Street, Christchurch, Dorset, England,  in 1996

High Street looking north from Church Street in 1996

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…

Monday market in the High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Monday market in the High Street looking north in June 2020


Through the underpass and north up Bargates…

Castle's hardware store, Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in June 2020

Castle’s hardware store in Bargates in June 2020

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.)

House in Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in May 2020

House in Bargates

Railway station from the bridge where Fairmile Road becomes Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, England, in May 2020

Time to go home. The railway station viewed from the bridge.

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This topic continues in Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 3; Purewell.

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