One balmy evening

Thursday, 9 August 2012

sunset-road

As dusk fell and the last ray of sunlight splashed over the regal centuries old buildings, the city took on a rather magical appearance. A couple of weeks ago, we had a respite from the constant rain so Lil L and I took the opportunity to go out for a walk while the hubs joined his mates for a pint of beer at the local pub.

It was a novelty to be able to stroll down the High St without having to maneuver around hoards of people and the market stalls. Several months ago, the street along the college (shown in the picture above) and a nearby 750 year old church were closed to pedestrians for a few days for the filming of Les Miserables. I heard that Aussie actors, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe were in town for the shoot.


sunset-restaurant

Needless to say, it was the perfect evening for an alfresco meal. The cafes and bistros that dotted around the town center were bustling with locals, all taking the rare occasion to dine outside and people watch.


churchgrounds


It's also possible to find little corners for a little peace and quiet if the reveling restaurant crowd gets a bit too noisy for your liking.



sunset-fishing


I was surprised to find a local resident trying his luck at fly fishing in the shallow waters. The strong river currents are more commonly used for pushing the wheel of the local mill to grind wheat into flour. The river is also home to a small population of ducks.

pizza

Since Lil L was feeling a little peckish, we popped into one of our favorite pizzerias for a bite to eat. What a perfect way to end the night. Hope you've enjoyed a little glimpse into our life!


22 comments:

  1. I sooo enjoyed it sweetie! Glad you got a lil break from the rain so that you and Lil L could go out and about. That pizza you had looks delish. :)

    xxTheresa

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  2. oh my gosh that flatbread looks soooo yummy. amazing photos as always too~ xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  3. The atmosphere looks amazing. I really need to visit Winchester in summer.

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  4. beautiful light, and oh that last picture is making me drool! i loooove proscuitto + rocket!

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  5. I did enjoy it! Such lovely photos and I want to pop right into them. I want more! xo Teri

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  6. I barely scratched the surface of Winchester when I used to go down there to visit the IBM site in Hursley. After 4 hours driving to get to Hursley - I never had the energy to wander around in the evenings. It's a shame as it looks so beautiful but I doubt I will be visiting any time soon. The pizza does look yummy though. That's my kind of pizza!

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  7. What a lovely area, isn't the sun wonderful, three cheers for balmy nights!

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  8. Your pictures always make me wanna be right there.. :)

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  9. Beautiful photos as usual, such a nice tribute to a lovely day!

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  10. How lovely..the warm ray of the sun, the town and that pizza looks delightful and fresh.

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  11. Your pictures are incredible. I cannot get enough of them! They make me want to jump on a plane and head right over!!

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  12. I can't get over your town. Picture perfect!

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  13. What a very pretty place and a lovely spot for al fresco dining too.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. That pizza looks incredible....yummm!!

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  15. Glad that you will have more time with your little one during the hols. I always enjoy the times I spend alone with my children, times like these strengthen the bond we have with them and build precious memories.

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  16. Absolutely breathtaking photo's Marlene. What I would give to be there

    xx Mandi

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  17. You always take such beautiful photos for your blog! Lovely :)

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  18. What a lovely day. You captured it perfectly.

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  19. Hi there, I just happened to click on your profile through the comment you left on Alice Gao's video tweet and lo and behold I immediately recognise this quaint lovely town. :) You've captured Winchester beautifully ... if only it looked like this today! The rain is back. :) Love your blog!

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  20. Beautiful pictures, Marlene. That magic light is stunning.
    Your photos (these and the ones above, from the Isle of Wight) convinced me that I definitely need to travel more in Britain.

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  21. Haven't visited your blog in a while. What a lovely respite from my boring desk job - beautiful photos!

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