Tactile paving studs…

New controlled crossing tactile metal pavement studs. These are designed to contrast with the paving and alert partially sighted pedestrians that there is a crossing. A hole for each stud is drilled then studs are glued into the Forest of Dean natural sandstone paving.

 

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Former Chain Test House, Swindon…

A tour of the former Chain Test House, in Swindon.

Good quality finishes and good choice of new bricks which reflect the older stone in the area.

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Blackfriars / Barbican Gloucester…

A snapshot of the context of the Blackfriars area, adjacent to the Docks in Gloucester. A fairly even mix of a range of orange/red bricks and stone, with lots of shades and textures.

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Gloucester Cathedral lighting trials…

A great lighting trial at Gloucester Cathedral last night. Testing new LED lighting for St. Mary’s Gate and the South Porch, which is the Cathedral’s main entrance.

Some nice textures in the stone as the light grazes it.

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A night on the town…

Hopefully the first of many photo-pub tours of Gloucester. Fellow photo-taker Mr SKP and I started at the Pelican then headed out into the night.

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The final pub on the tour was Cafe Rene and a great band was playing: The Matt Woosey Band. Good night and always a good idea to combine photos with a few drinks ; )

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Saundersfoot / Tenby: Day 1…

The last holiday of the year, to Tenby (SW Wales). The house in Saundersfoot had all the mod cons, including Blu-Ray internet TV! A short drive to the beach and great to be by the coat again.

Some patterns in the sand and health & safety sign meets tagging!

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Hearth stone goes in…!

An eventful half day (or maybe just a bit more) spent collecting and fitting the new fireplace hearth stone.

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Claire’s parents helped us out a lot here; Pearl by looking after the boys while Claire, Neil and I first went to the dump to drop off most of the stuff from the side of the house, then to the quarry to pick up the stone. The use of their Ford Galaxy was very helpful and the stone weighed a fair bit!

It’s a lovely colour and very thick, but we measured it just a bit too tightly, meaning we had to hack off some of the fire screed around the fireplace base. It slid in ok after that, and Neil put down cement for it to bed down on.

There was a fair bit of back and forth before it went in, and the levelling took a while! In the end, we got it level in relation to the floor and almost totally flat across it. we just have to let it dry for a few days then remove the paper and tape around the edges. Then the stove can go back in and be cemented in around the pipe.

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Flower bed…

Just about got the front left flower bed looking good and Claire’s design really works well, with amazing colours. The purple tulips pick up on the red/purple colours of the Forest Sandstone & brick wall.

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