24 Feb 2017

Five on Friday

Hello everyone.  After a break of a few weeks from blogging I'm joining Amy of Love Made My Home blog for the Five on Friday linkup. Thank you Amy for organising the linkup. As we've just returned from a time in Reading in Berkshire I'm sharing some iconic images from a mural that we saw on a walk that we took with our daughter and a grandson along by the River Thames at Caversham Lock and Weir together with a few photos I've taken in the past when walking around my home town. 

1. the weir - it's possible to walk across from Caversham Lock onto three small islands in the river

The mural shows:-

2. Sports

carrying the Olympic torch with the flame as part of the relay
around the UK before the Summer Olympics 2012

The Reading Football Club (The Royals) home colours

3. Iconic buildings in the town and on the local skyline

Reading Town Hall, an office block which stands 128m tall called The Blade,
and the huge Green Park wind turbine near the Madejski Football Stadium

Reading Town Hall

We had our wedding reception here and at one time I was a secretary in
the offices in the building on the extreme right before I trained to be a teacher.
The buildings here and opposite were badly damaged in a bombing raid during WWII
 with loss of life. Later some buildings were rebuilt and new ones created in a redevelopment
 project - more about this another time as I have memories of stories
 I listened to as a small child (a few years after the war) which touched my own family.

The Blade offices
5. Wild life along the river

5.  Finally a view across the river to the island by Caversham Lock which was the starting point for the walk in Christchurch Meadows, across the river to Reading Bridge and Caversham Lock, which I'll share another time.

Thank you for visiting.  Wishing you a good day and a peaceful weekend.


  1. I really enjoyed your photos this week for Five on Friday, especially the comparisons between the mural an reality, thanks for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend

  2. What a joy to see the beautiful mural and the views, a lovely walk.

  3. I like these kind of murals which show what an area is known for. Nice that you've included photos of the actual things the mural depicts.

  4. Beautiful photos! I really enjoyed your Five on Friday post.

  5. Murals are really popular here in the states now, seeing more and more of them. I love the painted swans and the real swans. that glass building is really pretty and does look like a blade to me... I prefer old buildings but do like the beauty of the new ones

  6. The mural looks wonderful and colourful too and it is great to see the real places in the photos. What a lovely building to have your wedding reception in you must have happy memories of that and of working nearby too. The Blade building is very unusual. Have a lovey weekend:)

  7. Wonderful photos of your walk. I love all the colourful paintings on the walls. Really fun.

    Happy Five on Friday

  8. I love murals. There's always interesting detail to find.

  9. Looks like a great mural, simple lines and colour that really suggest movement and the vibrancy of the area.

  10. What a wonderful walk! I love murals .. they are all so different. Happy Friday!

  11. Some great shots of Reading Linda.
    The mural is fantastic.
    I love the painting of the swans best, such beautiful birds as your photos show.
    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend :)

  12. That wind turbine is huge. It's a real landmark travelling up the M4. I used to know Reading so well, it would be strange to go back and see it again now. The Blade is definitely new!

  13. Looks like a nice place to walk. It's always so interesting to see the old and the new together. Lots of history.

  14. There's a lot to see along this walk. Weirs are always interesting to me - we have some here with side channels for spawning fish to return upstream in the fall. Thanks for taking us along!

  15. Great mural. Reading looks interesting. I was a teacher too.

  16. Great photos of this beautifully painted mural. Also the modern building has interesting architecture. Wishing you a lovely weekend Linda!

  17. This is my neck of the woods. Lovely photos

  18. I have been here many times as you know but it's always great to see as it's such a great spot. Lovely photos Linda. 😊

    1. Thank you CK. I took many photos of places you also know well as I'm not sure when I'll get back there. I always enjoy seeing Reading and the surrounding area on your blog posts.

  19. Hello Linda, We too have been and are traveling. I love taking walks in new places. This one looked really nice. It's
    always nice to walk along the water, listening to its movement and watching the wildlife. The mural was a fun spot to took at too.

  20. Hi Linda - lovely to have a little stroll around Reading, I will be over in the UK soon, not far from here. I always love the British blogs for the content and to suss out the weather. Coming from Bangkok although your snowdrops are up, I'm sure I will be freezing! Can you believe the Olympics were so long ago? Oh to bottle the excitement in the country at the time!
    Wren x

  21. Nice photos Linda. Happy sunday!

  22. Hello Linda
    Love this post - I see the word lock and immediately think canal boats!
    We are following Timothy West and his wife Prunella Scales on their journeys on canals on our to at the mo and thoroughly enjoying it!
    We'Ve done a canal trip in France with friends from New Zealand when visiting our daughter and family years ago.
    You have a wealth of history wherever you go in the UK - that's why we love it!
    A wonderful post - thank you!
    I hope you are both in fine fettle.
    Shane x

  23. Oooh, the weir is beautiful!! Lovely to see you blogging again Linda!

  24. Hi Linda, Hope you are doing okay health-wise... I think of you often.... Great post today. I love the murals.... SO colorful.... I was moved by your words about your experience as a child hearing about the WWII damage in buildings which brought back family memories....

    Take care my Friend.

  25. A lovely place and beautiful murals! So nice to see the place of your wedding reception and learn some of the history. I can't imagine the bravery of your family during the war.....xx Karen

  26. I love your walk around Reading. Jim and I were once in Reading, just briefly at the train station to meet friends. It has fond memories for us. Our friends were from Reading, but have lived most of their married life in New Zealand. I love seeing more of Reading and all the murals. How wonderful to have the art work be a part of your walk about.

  27. What a lovely Five! I had no idea Reading was so picturesque. Thanks, Linda. x

  28. I am sorry to be late visiting, but I wanted to wait until the link had closed and I could write to everyone who had taken part. Thank you so much for your support of Five On Friday this week and in the weeks gone by. I do so appreciate it and have really enjoyed reading your posts. I hope that you will enjoy going to the new link up just as much and will continue to take part. I hope that I will still see you at my blog sometimes, I will of course still be visiting you sometimes too! Best wishes and many thanks.