Ophiuchus, or Serpentarius, the Serpent-holder, the Serpent Bearer, the Serpent Wrestler, or the Snake Charmer, is depicted holding a snake, the snake is represented by the constellation Serpens. The constellation is located around the celestial equator with the two legs of Ophiuchus protruding right into the zodiac and south of the ecliptic.
 Ophiuchus is identified with 
Aesculapius (Asklepios, Asclepius), an ancient physician who grew so skilled in the craft of healing that he was able to restore the dead to life. However, because this was a crime against the natural order, Zeus destroyed him with a thunderbolt.

 Thornbury Castle . Danny Boy , Tennysons " In Memorium ", Pirates

Thornbury castle

Thornbury Castle chimney detail,

Thornbury Castle
, South Gloucestershire,England.
 It was begun in 1511 as a home for 
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham.

... beheaded

wikipedeia HERE


The Monarchs way goes through Abbots Leigh


Monarch's Way

From Wikipedia,
Monarch's Way
Monarch's Way sign.JPG
Waymark on a Public Footpath
Length 615 mi (990 km)
Location Warwickshire, Worcestershire,Staffordshire, Sussex,Gloucestershire, Hampshire,Shropshire, Somerset, Devon,Wiltshire and Dorset, England.
Trailheads Worcester  Shoreham-by-Sea
Use Hiking
Hiking details
Sights Cotswolds, Mendip Hills

The Monarch's Way is a 615-mile (990 km)[1] long-distance footpath in England that approximates theescape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.[2] It runs from Worcester via Bristol and Yeovil to Brighton. All of the footpath is waymarked. The waymark is yellow and shows a picture of the ship Surprise above the Prince of Wales three-point feathered crown which is superimposed on a Royal Oak tree (which is atBoscobel House) in black.


The Monarch's Way enters Somerset, having crossed theRiver Avon at Keynsham, where it diverts from the route taken by Charles II into Bristol and instead runs alongside the River Chew, where it shares the route with the Two Rivers Way, through the Chew Valley to Chewton Keynsham, Compton Dando and Woollard.[4] It then crosses the river at Pensford and turns north to Norton Malreward, skirting the prehistoric henge monument ofStanton Drew stone circles, the second largest stone circlein Britain, and travels along Dundry Down to the village ofDundry.[4] From Dundry there is a northerly loop to Leigh Court at Abbots Leigh where Charles IIstayed on the night of 12 September 1651. The path then returns to Dundry and heads turns south to Winford and passes Regil before passing between Chew Valley Lake and Blagdon Lake toCompton Martin,[5] where it climbs up into the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passing East Harptree before entering the Forestry Commission plantation Stock Hill.[4] On leaving the woods the path skirts the Priddy Mineries and Priddy Pools Site of Special Scientific Interest[6]and continues south to Wookey Hole before entering the city of Wells, where it passes theCathedral and Bishop's Palace.

South of Wells the Monarch's Way crosses the River Sheppey and passes through Twinhills Woods and Meadows before entering North Wootton,[5] continuing across the Somerset Levelsand the A361 and A37 roads to Hornblotton. It then crosses the River Alham and travels east crossing the River Brue and the A371 before entering Castle Cary.[7]

South Cadbury, Trent, Dorset

The King was sheltered by Colonel Wyndham at Trent Manor House. The next part of the journey leads down to the Dorset coast where a ship had been found to take the King to France. AtMontacute the Monarch's Way passes in front of the Grade I listed Abbey Farmhouse,[8] which incorporates the gateway of the medieval Montacute Priory.

Ham Hill, Crewkerne, Drimpton, Hawkchurch, Charmouth The King stayed overnight on 22 September 1651 at the Queen's Armes before taking passage. Unfortunately the plan fell through and the King beat a hasty retreat inland returning to Trent.

Charmouth to Shoreham (225 miles or 362 kilometres)[edit]

From Charmouth the Monarch's Way follows the South West Coast Path east along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset past St Gabriel's Mouth, over Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast,[9]through Seatown, over Thorncombe Beacon and past Eype's Mouth to West Bay. From here it heads north up the River Brit to Bridport, swinging west and north to Pilsdon Pen, briefly joining theWessex Ridgeway eastwards before reaching Broadwindsor. The King hid overnight in the George Inn, Broadwindsor on 23 September 1651.

From here it continues eastwards to the north of Beaminster, before zig-zagging north and east to Winyard's Gap near Chedington, where it meets the head of the River Parrett Trail. Continuing north the path enters Somerset and passes Hardington Marsh, swinging east from Hardington Mandeville to East Coker and then north through Yeovil and Mudford.

Crossing the River Yeo and back into Dorset, the path returns like the King to Trent. The King stayed here before setting out for the south coast and exile in France.

Skirting north of Sherborne to Sandford Orcas then re-entering Somerset the path passes to the south of Corton Denham to Charlton Horethorne and South Cheriton, then north to pass under theA303 to Wincanton. From here it continues north-east to Penselwood.

After crossing the Stour Valley Way and River Stour, the path enters Wiltshire at Zeals. From here it crosses the A303 dual carriageway and passes Zeals House before reaching Mere, passingWest Knoyle and climbing Cleeve Hill. Crossing the A350, the path continues east to Hindon,Berwick St. Leonard, Fonthill Bishop and Great Wishford. Here it crosses the River Wylye to Stoford before heading north and east near Stapleford, to cross the A360, dropping down into the valley of the Avon at Middle Woodford before crossing at Lower Woodford. Traversing the country to the north of Salisbury, the path next crosses the A345 and the River Bourne at Winterbourne Dauntsey. After passing Figsbury Ring the path crosses the A30, to follow the course of the former Roman road from Winchester to Old Sarum. As it approaches Middle Winterslow, the path is joined by the Clarendon Way, the two paths following the Roman road over the county boundary.




Danny Boy

 Frederic Weatherly

From Wikipedia,
Weatherly in 1895


Frederic Edward Weatherly, KC (4 October 1848 – 7 September 1929) was an English lawyer, author, lyricist and broadcaster. He was christened and brought up using the name Frederick Edward Weatherly, and appears to have adopted the spelling 'Frederic' later in life.

 He is estimated to have written the lyrics to at least 3,000 popular songs, among the best-known of which are the sentimental ballad "Danny Boy" set to the tune "Londonderry Air", the religious "The Holy City", and the wartime song "Roses of Picardy".Frederick Weatherly was born and brought upin 
Portishead, Somerset,

He wrote the song "Danny Boy" while living in Bath in 1910, but it did not meet with much success.

 In 1912 his sister-in-law in America sent him an old Irish tune called "Londonderry Air", which he had never heard before. The tune matched his lyrics almost perfectly. 

Weatherly remained active both as an author and as a barrister until the end of his life. 

The Times wrote of his dual career, "His fertility was extraordinary, and though it is easy to be contemptuous of his drawing-room lyrics, sentimental, humorous and patriotic, which are said to number about 3,000 altogether, it is certain that no practising barrister has ever before provided so much innocent pleasure."

Wikipedia HERE



In Memorium


Alfred, Lord Tennyson visited Clevedon in 1834 – the year after his lover and fellow poet Arthur Hallam was buried at St Andrew's Church in the town after suffering a stroke.

Tennyson later dedicated his major work, In Memoriam A.H.H, to Hallam, who was only 22 when he died in Vienna.

Poets' Walk is named after the poets, and a sculpture on the hill's crest is engraved with lines from the 19th section of In Memoriam:

 "The Danube to the Severn gave
 The darken 'd heart that beat no more;
They laid him by the pleasant shore,
 And in the hearing of the wave."


Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island might chart an adventure across the treacherous seven seas, but the adventure novel starts and ends in Bristol.

The book's legendary pirate anti-hero Long John Silver visits a pub called the Spyglass Tavern – which some claim was based on the Hole in the Wall pub just off Queen Square in Bristol

Actor Robert Newton played Silver in the 1950 version of Treasure Island – and his distinctive West Country accent led to a long-running trope of pop culture pirates speaking with Bristol accents.