March Hares In August: Purton Relics: Relegation Issues.

" ' Two days wrong! ' sighed the Hatter. ' I told you butter wouldn't suit the works! ' he added, looking angrily at the March Hare.

'It was the best butter, ' the March Hare meekly replied.

 'Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well, ' the Hatter grumbled: ' you shouldn't have put it in with the bread knife. '

The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily then he dipped it into his cup of tea and looked up again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, ' It was  the best butter, you know. ' "

From " Alice's Adventure In Wonderland " by Lewis Carroll. 
Illustration by Mervyn Peake.

Well bless me, if paying a visit to B. and J. in Cirencester and then walking into town; we didn't spot this chap.

A veritable March Hare!  What was this chap doing in August, you might ask?
Well it comes about because of this :  Hares

More details here:
A sculpture trails of forty 5ft fantasy hares and over thirty life-sized hares will be on display in and around Cirencester this spring/summer.  This is designed to provide fun for locals and attract tourists to visit the area. The hares are individually sponsored by local businesses, community groups and schools and are creatively decorated by local artists, celebrities or school children to reflect their values/activities or just to produce an attractive, interesting or amusing work of art.

They will be on displayed from the March 29th until September 14th 2014.

On October 4th 2014 the hares will all be sold, via a combination of an auction and an online sales process, to spend their days as joyful pieces of art in offices, home and gardens; and some it is hoped will survive in public spaces.

The net profits from this project will be used to help raise the £50,000 needed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to begin to develop the Green Hare Churn Walkway around the River Churn in Cirencester. This new nature trail will involve schools and community groups and will have lasting benefits for residents and visitors alike.

Quite a project! with an amazing forty Hares to spot.
Well thanks to B. and J. I did photograph nine ; only thirty one  to go.

Here they are, and no I promise not to' rabbit ' on.  about them anymore.

And finally my favourite.

Clearly a Hare of distinction, with a double barrelled name I reckon.

How about  Henry Cester- Smith Esq. ?


Last Tuesday (  19 / 08 ) , D. and I went to Purton, near Berkeley, Gloucestershire. We walked along the tow- path by the Sharpness Canal, in order to pick blackberries, which grow  in the hedge barrier, separating the canal from the River Severn. After D. ( mostly) and I picked the 'berries we made our way behind the hedge and onto the banks of the Severn.
Nature had taken its course there and in parts the grass was very high indeed.

But of course if you look closely you can spot some floral delights.

Nearer the start of our walk is a dedicated graveyard to old hulks, with an information board,
Find out more here:  Purton Relics

If you look closely, you can see the remains of a barge in the above picture.

This part of the river is getting close to its estuary and this being the case the view is, as they say " high, wide and handsome ".   Here are two shots for you.

Finally, nothing to do with blackberries, river, canal or anything  to do with the above, but I must mention, opposite where we parked the car in Purton, there was this gleaming Ford Cortina, which I reckoned was of 1972 vintage, in remarkable condition. See for yourselves.


Two of my  tips for relegation from the Premier League lost last week, Crystal Palace (2-1 Arsenal ) and Burnley  to Chelsea ( 1-3 ). My other team West Brom, managed to draw 2-2 against Sunderland.

Cheltenham have continued their great start to the season managing a home draw against Carlisle ( 0 - 0) last Tuesday. They have now taken seven out of a maximum nine points. Keep going Robins !


Enjoy the Bank Holiday and the week ahead. My final picture demonstrates how ' interesting ' the weather is just now.

Cheerio for now,


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