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Spitfire TZ164, real, replica or maybe a model?

During a walk near Woolhampton and Brimpton Airfield on Saturday 19/Sep/2015 I spotted a Spitfire (at least that’s what I think it is) plane in the air. When I tried to look it up on the web I didn’t get very far, apart from that a Spitfire with the registration TZ164 was built in Aldermaston. What I didn’t find though was any information about this plane: Is it the real thing, well restored? Or is it a replica using the registration from the original? Or is possibly even a large scale model plane (although it seemed to be a bit too far from the airfield for that)?

If you have any information please leave a note in the comments. Thanks.

Great Crested Grebe caught a fish

Went out for a long walk today from Aldermaston Wharf to the lakes (former gravel pits) at Woolhampton in some nice late Indian Summer sunshine. Mainly to gain some experience with a new lens for my camera I received on Friday. Among other birds spotted a Great Crested Grebe catching fish in the late afternoon light:

Monkey Marsh turf-sided lock

During a short walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal in Thatcham (where I also took the pictures of the tree in the evening light) I also passed a quite interesting lock. It is one of only two of this kind remaining, a turf-sided lock. It’s called Monkey Marsh Lock. Here are a few pictures of it in the September evening sun:

Most of the locks on the canal have been replaced with stone or brick sided locks, like the one I live close to.