Howdy, y’all, and welcome to Bristol’s very own slice of the Wild West, sponsored by Darcy Associates. Painted by artist Paula Bowles, you can bet ‘The Wensleydale Kid’ is decked out in the whole wrangling kit and caboodle. Cowboy hat? Check. Cowboy boots? Check. Bandana? Check. Horse? Erm… looks like a park bench will have to do for now! Yee-haw! So pony-up and skedaddle over to Clifton Observatory to meet this buckaroo! Giddy’up!
Over the weekend, taking advantage of the good weather we went for a picnic on the Downs in Bristol. As well as having some nice food and fun in the sun, we also took the opportunity to hunt down some more of the Shaun the Sheeps dotted across the city. A previous post shows the Shauns we found on the Downs, and there is a page with all the Shauns we have seen so far.
After venturing from the Downs and down Whiteladies Road, we parked in Clifton Village. As it was Sunday it was easy and free to find parking, we ventured over the first of the Shauns, 23. Bloomin’ Gorge-ous which sits on the grass on the other side of the road to Christ Church.
Looking up at the butterfly on his head, this is quite a calming Shaun. We liked the flowers growing up his legs.
Then we hiked over the Suspension Bridge to find 18. Isambaaard guarding one side of the suspension bridge, complete with Brunel’s quintessential top hat.
Back over the bridge and climb up quite a steep path to the Clifton Observatory to find 19. A Sheep’s Eye View. Another shade of blue this one, with the kinds of views you would expect from the Observatory painted on the side. This Shaun had a watering can and a flower, no idea why.
There are some fantastic views of Bristol and the Suspension Bridge from the Clifton Observatory, so the (short) steep climb is worthwhile. We were tempted to go into the Observatory and down into the caves, but we were on a mission to find more Shauns, so back down the steep path and a short walk to Sion Hill. Here was 20. Baa-lloon!
Covered in flying hot air balloons, this Shaun celebrates the annual International Bristol Balloon Fiesta (which takes place from today (6th August)).
The next Shaun was on the Terrace of the Avon Gorge Hotel, 21. Wish Ewe Were Here. Quite challenging to find and take a photograph as the Terrace was packed with people enjoying a drink in the warm afternoon sun.
The Mall Gardens, which after working out how to get in we found 22. The Shear Speed Helter Skelter.
With a classic funfair look, this was cleverly done.
There are two more Shauns in the Ashton Court Estate, which we didn’t get to, mainly as it was getting late, we were getting tired, and to be honest we’ll probably make a day of it visiting Ashton Course some time (or visit them during the Balloon Fiesta at the weekend.