|Bradford on Avon|
|The twiggy branches of this willow were almost pink. Very striking!|
We also spotted the gold post box in The Shambles, in honour of local boy Ed McKeever's kayaking win in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
I love that they've kept the postbox gold; the Royal Mail said during the games that the postboxes would only be gold for a year, but here we are almost two years later and it's still gleaming proudly!
Bradford on Avon seems to be full of lots of independent shops and I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures of their wares while Dave was busy taking more arty shots... It's probably a good thing that we visited on a Sunday or my debit card would have taken a hammering!
|I've never taken a picture of shoes in my life, but these were too gorgeous to ignore!|
We spent a lot of time wandering along the banks of the River Avon. Since we'd never been to Bradford on Avon before it was hard to gauge what was a normal level for the water, but it certainly looked very swollen with a strong current and the occasional small whirlpool forming as the water poured under the bridge.
The Avon burst its banks in Bradford on Avon on Christmas Eve last year, flooding the centre of the town, so with all the heavy rain we've had since then there were heavy-duty flood defences along the lower parts of the banks. I noticed that everyone crossing the bridge stopped to take a quick look at the water levels.
|Flood defences, Bradford on Avon|
As we crossed the bridge to go back to the carpark, I wondered what this funny little building on the bridge was, so I looked it up when we got home. It's a 17th century lock-up where prisoners were held before bring brought before the local Magistrate. If you squint at the photo, and perhaps use a bit of imagination, the weather vane on top is a golden fish!
It was a lovely little place for an impromptu stroll; I'd love to go back to Bradford on Avon again, on a busier day and nose around all the lovely shops and maybe have lunch in one of the riverside restaurants...