This blog is to showcase some of the photo's I've taken, the pictures can be from my archive of many years or taken recently. They are from where I live and the various places I have been. I hope Enjoy my work and come back to visit again
Following on from my previous posts I decided to go up and check out what was being done behind the big fence you see
Quite a long section had bee fenced off from view
Behind it was obvious they were stripping back the top layer of soil looking for archaeology, the yellow markings showed areas of interest
This is what the rest of the field looks like
Lucky one of the archaeologists saw me hanging about and came over, his assistant had a bucket which he showed a few things they picked up, some of it Roman. There were roof tiles and parts of pots, the small round one is the base of a little beaker.
This one he held up was off a storage jar
The last time the dug ten months ago they found a Roman Building or Villa in that fenced off area and it was excavated, had I realised I'd have been round like a shot. The building extended off to the right under some 1960's housing and no doubt was badly damaged in the work being done. I came away feeling quite pleased we had such history in the Village. The fenced off area was covered to preserve what is left of the building and will become a childrens play area. Don't worry I'll be back for an update as they are going to do an open day to show people what they found.
Last Saturday my wife & I wet down to the caravan site to close up the caravan and put it in storage for the winter. We came home the usual way through the Black Mountains. The week before I noticed snow on the tops and a week later it was still there waiting for more to come. The photos were taken out of the passenger window as we drove past towards Sugarloaf Mountain and the dark sky above.
Heading up the A40 road through the mountain
Heading down and looking back towards the snow capped tops there are times when low cloud hides them all.
Last week I called my Blog Watch This Space the photos were taken from across the fields near the local Vets a place I have to go every few months with our dogs. Ten months ago I
was taking one of them up there when I noticed a load of trenches had been dug in the nearby field
Last week I showed the fence on the other side of this field where they are going to build
The fenced off area is near the houses you see in the distance, what I did not realise at the time is there were trenches there as well or I would have gone to get photos of them and what was going on
As you can see this is a big field, the line of trees you see in the distance and houses on the right are beside the Reading Road (A329)
One of the trenches, where I Think there might have been a ditch in the middle
This one has had a small section dug deeper uncovering something
This is looking towards the old Hospital at Fairmile
And this was the culprit responsible for the trenches. They had been dug for an archaeological survey of the field for a prospective development of housing. If it goes ahead I would imagine the best part of 1000 houses being built here, I might add last week I said 20 houses were going in across the field I think it is nearer 60 that are supposed to be built. What will happen here on this field I could not tell you but if it happens then I will be on hand to get a few photos. Next week I will show you what is behind the fence across the field