Margo’s Musings: Images of Bath

I hope everyone is safe and well. Here in England, we are once again under full lockdown. With all shops closed, except for necessary ones, there are few people on the streets. The slogan here is “Stay at Home and Stay Safe” – and that’s exactly what we are doing. We basically go out once a day for a walk to exercise and that’s it.

Bath Abbey with its façade famous for the depiction of angels climbing ladders. Usually there is a musician playing here, and it’s packed with people.
Bath Abbey Courtyard. The building on the left is the Pump Room Restaurant which is attached to the Roman Baths.
Abbey Green is one of the oldest areas in Bath. It’s cobbled, charming, and quiet. The tree in the center of this little square was planted in 1793.
Pulteney Bridge (near where I live) is the only bridge in the UK with shops across it on both sides.

Bath

The streets of Bath are normally buzzing, but now they are nearly deserted. It’s a bit sad to see, but it’s also an opportunity to take unobstructed photos of places which are usually crowded with people. So on our daily walks, I’ve been snapping a few pics of Bath which I thought I’d share with you today.

This is one of my favorite doorways. The doors themselves bow out slightly and the window above the door has a lantern formed into it.
If you are ever in Bath and get lost, simply go to the center of the Guildhall market to get your bearings.
And yet another quiet, cobbled street.

Bridgerton in Bath

I watched the Netflix series, Bridgerton, which is set in 1813 London. But, come to find out, much of it was filmed right here in Bath. This isn’t too surprising, as many parts of Bath look just as they did in the late 1700s. The only difference is that today there are cars on the streets instead of horses.

This little shop in Abbey Green stood in as the Modiste shop on Bridgerton.
No. 1 Royal Crescent. The exterior of this house was used in several scenes.
The Royal Crescent – a long crescent-shaped row of houses appears throughout the show.
This little building on Trim Street was the tea shop on Bridgerton.

My Writing Update

In the month of November, I participated in NaNoWriMo which is National Novel Writing Month. It’s an annual online event when writers around the world commit to writing 50,000 words toward the first draft of a novel. I’m proud to say that I met that challenge and even went a bit above my target. So now I have the foundations for a novel. It’s set in present-day and Victorian London as well as Egypt. So that’s what I’ll be working on this year.

Of course, I’ve also written five non-fiction books which you can see here: Margo’s Books. I published the latest one in October, which is Bowlers, Brollies, and Brits: Curious Histories of England. You can have a look at that here.

And speaking of writers and writing, just at the end of my street is No.4 Sydney Place where Jane Austen once lived. The plaque beside the door reads: “Here lived Jane Austen 1801-1805.”

Santon Update

In my last post I wrote about my santons (those little saints from Provence). Well, they are still out and I’m working on their terrain. I need to get houses and other accessories, but I think I’ve made their setting quite a bit better.

My santons now have cobblestones and hills.

I stacked different sized boxes to make hills and then covered it all with a fabric that’s printed to look like paving stones. This adds some depth to the setting. The larger (9 cm) figures are in the foreground, and the smaller (7 cm) ones are farther back on the “hills” to give it all a bit of perspective. I think it’s looking better and I can’t wait until I can go back to Provence and buy some more.

Please take care, everyone, and wishing you all a wonderful 2021.

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8 comments

  1. Love you girl! You and Jeff stay safe! One of my favorite shows to watch is Escape to the Country, love looking at the countryside and the homes!

    1. England has some amazing stately homes and beautiful countryside. We were in London before, but since we’ve been in Bath we’ve been able to explore a bit more and see some wonderful places. Hope you and your family are well. Take care and stay safe.

  2. Having visited Bath last year, I really enjoyed your commentary and photos. What a delightful place! Good post.

    1. Thanks, Paul. Bath really is beautiful. I think the Georgians did a nice job of making everything harmonious. It looks a bit different without people on the streets, though. You can see more of the architecture, but it’s missing its “buzz.” Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before things go back to some kind of normal. Take care and stay safe.

  3. Love your photos, Margo. It is great to be able to take great photos unobstructed. One of the silver linings. In the same situation in a Melbourne winter, I found there were positive aspects to keep a happy outlook. My thoughts are with you. Paula

    1. I guess we have to try and look on the bright side in every situation. There’s not a lot we can do now, but at least we can take walks and take photos. I’m so grateful for the internet. Where would we be without it now? I think it is everyone’s lifeline. Take care and stay safe.

  4. Thanks for taking us to Bath! Hmmmm….do I detect an upcoming, time-travel novel with ritzy Brits unwrapping mummies in the English mists? Regardless, good luck with your second draft!

    1. Haha. You’ve almost got the plot, Bill. But I’ll not reveal it yet. 🙂 Thanks for your good wishes. I’m sure I’ll need them. All the best!

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