Season's End: Collective Wisdom. Phone Box Art.

Robins celebrate eventually

Put this little video to show the Robins getting the Vanarama Trophy  after what can only be called a triumphant season.
 I like the piece in the video where Manager Johnson admonishes the team for not putting the effort in. He wants them to keep going until the end of the season and so they did, amassing 101 points. With this sort of drive, the Robins can go forward in League 2 next season.

As we know the play-offs are a tricky affair. Forest Green Rovers who chased us all season, being well clear of the rest, had their hopes dashed at Wembley last Sunday ( 15 / 5 ) when they lost to Grimsby 3-1. Another year in the conference beckons.

Whilst in the Championship,  the play-offs for the final Premier position involves Hull and Sheffield Wednesday.
 Derby, the team Wednesday beat to make the final were an amazing fifteen points ahead  of them in the table. But with winner taking all, Derby County misses out again.

With the Premier clubs having now completed their fixtures; here were my predictions for last season's winners and losers:

Prediction                                       Actual Placing                           Points Scored.

1st   Chelsea                                       10th                                          ( 50 )

2nd   Man United                                 5th                                          ( 66 )

3rd    Arsenal                                       2nd                                         ( 71 )

So only one out of three. Chelsea, by their standards had a spectacularly poor season. A new Mansger awaits in September.
 Man Utd dented their pride by failing by goal difference,  to achieve European Champions League status. Another new Manager, possibly at the helm ?


Bournemouth                                 16th                                           (  42  )  Not Relegated ( NR)

Sunderland                                    17th                                            ( 39 )      NR

Leicester                                       1st                                                ( 81 )     NR

So a complete failure then. We  know the fairy-story rise of Leicester rising from bottom to top the table and win by ten points and clearly Manager  Ranieri is the Manager of the Year; but I feel mention must be made of Eddie Howe, who steered lowly Bournemouth  to safety.
 A mighty performance; especially when you consider the club has the smallest ground capacity (12,000 ) in the Premier League. A man to keep your eyes on- bringing the promise of future new horizons.


Collective Wisdom

Charles Paget Wade.
Respected Sir.
 In  1911 armed with
 your father's sugar money
after noble war service in
You bought Snowshill Manor
and estate in 1919.

What was it that attracted you to this
hilltop haven looking down over
Cotswold hills in the Shire?
Was it  the pastoral peace of the countryside
an antidote to the violence 

Here at the summit you really were
Lord of the Manor
and yet your lifelong obsession with collecting
artefacts with such eclectic
abandon, led you to use the Manor as a
storage facility, while you decamped to
a nearby cottage.

As I sit in the garden, which you so lovingly
restored and drink in the serenity and charm of these
surroundings  I thank you for your native wisdom
in bequeathing   collection and estate 
to the  National Trust.

Ck 20/ 05 / '16

Borders with an honesty of colour.

A dove drinks near his dovecot.

 A little colour still percolates through.

A beautiful array of blossom on the exit route.

 A look from the upper level onto the orchards.

Wade's model of a Cornish fishing port
soon to be fully restored.


2016 AD marks three hundred years since Cheltenham was a Spa. In 1788 George111 visited the town  to ' taste the waters ' and in doing so effectively put it on the map. It has flourished ever since.

To mark this Anniversary  The local Art Gallery " The Wilson " had this spilling idea to use the town's red Telephone Booths  as art installations. Look below.


My saying of the week: " Children represent 27% of the population, but 100% of the future. "
( Sky News)
Cheerio for now,


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