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Lego dragon on Mermaid Quay

For the last few summer weeks there has been a group of fantasy characters gathered on Cardiff Bay’s Mermaid Quay. And these are all constructed from Lego, the famous Danish brand producing interlocking plastic bricks and other models. (more…)

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In The Balance – a bronze by J A Stevenson on the front of the Old NatWest Building in Bute Street, Cardiff Bay

I try to post about subjects other than nature occasionally, but I am finding I have so little spare time these days! However, I have no excuse for ignoring the architecture when I pass so many interesting buildings most days as I walk over to Cardiff Bay for my lunchtime sandwich.

My walk usually takes me along the southern end of Bute Street, now rather run-down but with hopes of regeneration. (more…)

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Top Hat Snowman (and robin) Christmas card for St Benedict’s Hospice and Centre for Specialist Palliative Care in Sunderland – click on the image to go to the charity’s website

After a hectic few weeks writing Christmas cards and letters and buying gifts, it’s time to sit back and admire all the cards we have received this year. Here are just a few of the designs that caught my eye. As usual, click on the image to go to the source – mostly charities. (more…)

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A stone egg is a useful landmark on Schooner Way

I love this very big stone egg in Schooner Way, in Cardiff Bay. A map tells me it is the centrepiece of an attractive apartment development called Henke Court.

It is a great landmark as I can use this cut-through to reach the Wharf (former East Bute Dock) now that a stretch of the walkway around it is sealed off for building work and it is impossible to do a complete circuit. (more…)

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Cute bat from Andrew McIntosh (based in Australia) – I love the light through the translucent pink skin

With Halloween this week I thought I would put together one of my galleries of appropriate pictures that have caught my eye. This year the theme is bats and as usual I have chosen many of these images from the excellent DeviantArt website. Click on each picture to go to the source. (more…)

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A general view of Cardiff Bay with the Water Tower fountain feature in front of the Wales Millennium Centre

One of the delights of working in Cardiff Bay is the proximity of so many wonderful sights to enjoy during the lunch-hour. For nearby is Mermaid Quay, at the heart of the “vibrant” development surrounding the 500-acre freshwater lake created by the building of the Cardiff Barrage, opened (or closed) in 1999 to impound the tidal waters of the rivers Taff and Ely. (more…)

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This was one of the RSPB Christmas cards I sent out this year – it’s Twilight’s Keeper by Dawn Maciocia. Click on the image to go to the RSPB website…

After a hectic few weeks in my new job at County Hall and spending all my spare time writing Christmas cards and letters, it’s time to sit back and admire all the cards we have received this year. Here are just a few of the charity-card designs that caught my eye. As usual, click on the image to go to the source. (more…)

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