Through the back streets of Bristol

canal boat in front of SS Great Britain bwI don’t know about you, but it’s so easy to find myself stuck in a rut, when we visit a local place. We pop into the same places, using the same routes. I hadn’t realised that I’d started to do just that in Bristol. The children know some places really well. Waterfront is a favourite. We go to lots of events, plus we have an office there, so lunch with parents is not unusual.

Bristol waterfront bwThis week, we headed to the waterfront again to meet family for lunch. Took the little ferry across the harbour, as usual. It’s beautiful. Having a few hours to kill, the children wanted to go to a couple of shops up in Clifton Triangle. So we set off.

This time I took the back routes. Steep walk from the harbour, but it mainly avoids the busy roads. Lots of new developments since I last walked this route, which wasn’t that long ago. I could still show them mews and the colourful painted houses that Bristol is famous for.

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We walked through Brandon Hill with Cabot Tower holding court at the top. The children had no idea about this green space. They reconnoitred the play area and stopped to talk to the tame squirrel. There are already plans to return with peanuts.

It was lovely to show them this other side of Bristol. Not just the bustle and crowds that they find such a contrast to their usual country existence. I must remember to take the less obvious route again. There are so many interesting places and routes to take through Bristol.


Back home, we discovered the first iris had opened in the bulb garden, that Eldest is gradually planting up.


My sweetcorn and squashes are now planted in the raised bed. I’m hoping to add beans next. I may just manage a three sister planting this year. Avoiding the over baking that this raised bed usually suffers from. Fingers crossed.

Joining in with the lovely Fiona’s #CountryKids linky. Where have you been exploring this half term? Anyone else coming to Bristol for the BlogCamp this week? My first one, so would love to say hello.


16 thoughts on “Through the back streets of Bristol

  • Saturday 30 May, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Lovely to explore some behind the scenes places from time to time. I couldn’t resist your pics of my old home town. Used to spend a lot of time on Brandon Hill – first in the company of friends post-exams and later for lunch breaks during my summer job. Remember the squirrels being over familiar! Hopefully can take the girls exploring there someday too. Thanks for a trip down memory lane. 🙂

    • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      So much building and renovation around the area, for a moment I thought I’d gone the wrong way. It was nice showing the children and we will do more off the beaten track.

  • Saturday 30 May, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I agree, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of always taking the same routes. It is nice to go a different path every so often. Lovely photographs.

    • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      I think its to do with fitting too much into too little time. Doesn’t leave much room for adventure. Must allow more time next time.

  • Saturday 30 May, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I’m coming to Blog Camp this week! There is a train strike so having to drive so may be late arriving but looking forward to it. Bristol looks so lovely, is the Blog Camp venue anywhere near this area you show here? It looks very pretty and non city like! thank you for joining me for Country Kids.

    • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Yes, its a 10 min walk. Its lovely all along the harbour. I hope you get a chance to see. Looking forward to the Blog Camp. 🙂

  • Saturday 30 May, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    How lovely to see parts of Bristol I know and some I have never seen; lovely photos

    I’ve been re-exploring Norwich since I moved back here from the southwest and am constatnly being surprised by new things and things I never found before

    • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      It’s changing all the time. Fab as it makes exploring that little bit more interesting. 🙂

  • Saturday 30 May, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    It is so weird that we were there this morning and yet I suddenly miss Bristol after reading this post. Bristol is my favorite place! #countrykids

    • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Bristol is a wonderful city. I’m glad we live in easy reach of it. So much going on.

  • Sunday 31 May, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    It is lovely to try something different in a familiar place, you’re so right that we tend to stick to the well worn routes! Sounds like you had a lovely day x

    • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Makes it fun for me too. Great experiencing it through the children. They remind me what a fun place Bristol is to visit. Not just for rushing in for a particular shopping item.

    • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks, Charlotte. 🙂

  • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    It’s lovely to take a look at somewhere local through a different view, see different things.
    I am coming to Blogcamp on friday, would be lovely to meet you x

    • Monday 1 June, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Yipee! Looking forward to finally meeting some of the great bloggers I’ve followed via their blogs.

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