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InSpired Sunday

We happened upon the church of St Mary at Lastingham a few years ago. Back in August there was a local art exhibition in Lastingham and whilst there  I couldn’t resist another visit to this ancient church.

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When I say ancient, I mean it. The original church dates back to the 650s when it was established as a monastery by Cedd. Lets take a look inside

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through the door

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Before we go down those stairs in the middle of the picture, take a look up

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I love the vaulted ceiling. Going down the stairs to the Norman crypt

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the little altar at the far end.

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where this is stored.

Coming back up

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there’s the font and

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and a plaque to a John Featherstone. Featherstone is such a common name in this area.

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Here is a stone pulpit, I don’t think I have encountered many stone pulpits.

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a blocked in arch way

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the view looking towards the back of the church.

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Back outside

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there is this view up the hill

no wonder Bede wrote of this setting‘

amid some steep and remote hills which seemed better fitted for the haunts of robbers and the dens of wild beasts than for human habitation; so that, as Isaiah says, “In the Habitation where once dragons lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes”‘.

Hope you enjoyed this church. Linking with Inspired Sunday



Plumtastic or Plumtastropie?

Plumtastic! It has been a bumper plum year , in fact the last three years have been bumper plum years. We only just finished the plums in the freezer from 2012, so that’s all of 2013 still there for this winter. Which left this as a problem.

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That’s what my plum tree looks like right now after I have given loads away and made lots of plummy goodness.

Plums like these

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have become plum crumbles, plum cake

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plum loaf which is a little weird

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made as it is with a tub of cottage cheese. Then there was spiced plum chutney

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which bubbled away for an hour or so to become a years supply

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so what do I do next?

We had a plumtastrophie this year because the tree was just  over laden with plums, look what happened

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One snapped off branch and I think another has fallen too but I can’t tell because the rest of the tree gets in the way. So any thoughts on uses for plums or how to stop any more branches going the way of this one, next year? Please.

PS Neighbours and friends all have plums from us already.

Mouseman InSpiration

I loved this visit and I hope you do too. I visited a craft workshop and a  church in Kilburn. Why?

Well, Robert Thompson was a joiner and wheelwright working in Kilburn North Yorkshire. He was self taught and used the same tools and skills as medieval craftsman.  He started to make furniture in 1919. His symbol was a carved mouse.  The story goes that one of his craftsmen commented that they were poor as church mice, whereupon Robert carved a mouse on the church rafter he was working on, and the rest is history..

His workshop is still in existence with handcrafted items fetching prices ranging from £10,000 for a dresser to a napkin ring at £37. You can visit the workshop and see the craftsmen at work from a viewing gallery. Of course, what is really in demand are the original Robert Thompson pieces, which can be picked up from local antique shops and auction rooms, if you are lucky. Let’s go on the tour.

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The workshop

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the Showroom

And here is a mouse on a modern piece of furniture.

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This is the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kilburn. It was built in 1120-1130, making it even older than Rievaulx Abbey and one of the oldest churches in the area. Inside there are plenty examples from Robert Thompson and his company .

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These pews hide a number of mice if you look for them.

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There’s one

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And another

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And another

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that’s no mouse, how did he get in

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another one

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back outside I had a prowl around

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loved the surname on this grave, I’ve heard of Green, Black, Brown, White and Grey as a surname but never a yellow.

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Just outside was this war memorial

and nearby this looks pretty random unless you know what it was for

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getting on a horse is my guess.

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Because I can!

Sometimes there I am with my camera and I just have to take a photograph. I wonder is it simply English eccentricity which makes me take these pics and share them, who knows , but I have such fun and I hope you will too. Here we go,

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Snoozing Brighton fox in the grounds of a home for the elderly, is he bovvered?

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Pig in clover?  Nope but a very happy one never the less.

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I just loved this bridge by the river in St Neots.

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So I went to Hutton le Hole in time for the annual scarecrow event- is it just England that has scarecrow trails?

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Take care because  the sheep have right of way…

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Now that’s what I call a cottage garden, I had a chat with the owner who was standing in the river, we do that sort of thing in these parts ( that is stand in rivers and chat to random people) and she said ” one day I won’t be able to see the house!”

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Loving the view.

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How about a white horse?

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I warned you about the sheep in the road…

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Three black sheep in the family… only in Yorkshire!!!!!

So which is your favourite?







Yarn Along!

Last night I finished the jacket for Master T, to be presented at Christmas.

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And there’s a matching titfer( Hat)

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And here’s the lovely buttons in close up, so pleased with these, I love my local Button Shop.

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So waiting to begin tonight is

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The jumper that my Mr asked for wistfully earlier this year when I made the tank top for Master H.

Reading Catch 22, having found it on my son’s bookcase, yes I know he left home 6 years ago but you can’t tell looking at his room….

Read it years ago and quite honestly apart from remembering what Catch 22 is , I can’t recall a single thing about the book, except it  is funnier than I recall, which probably means I have just grown older and can see the humour this time round…..

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

Taking Stock! August

Not quite certain what happened to August, it has just gone, so time to take stock.

Congratulating- My son Mr B who has passed his accountancy exams this month, these took three years on top of the three years he spent at Uni getting a degree, the two years for A levels and the two years before that for GCSEs.  Such a proud Mum!

Making- determined to finish the doll I started twenty plus years ago and dug out earlier this year. Please hold me to it.

Cooking- It’s plum season so cooking Plum Cake, plum crumble and later this week plum chutney.

Drinking-had my first mug of hot chocolate last night, the season is a turning

Reading- started Catch 22 late last night, years since I read it.

Wanting- to find the perfect buttons for my first knit for Christmas , this one a jacket for Master T who loves his buttons. It may necessitate  a trip to York.

Anticipating-  have enrolled for three short evening courses this Autumn, am so hoping they all run, dependent on sufficient numbers.

Watching- apart from Bake Off,” Who do you think you are”. I love this programme but wish it contained more how to information and less celebrities. Am I the only one getting heartily sick of celebrities?

Feeling- mixed emotions. Mum is going home this week, brilliant news. Have finally got the contents of Dads’ house under control and the house on the market, so feeling pretty tired emotionally and physically. Excited, we have booked a holiday.

Bookmarking- sometimes I can’t remember how I found a blog, but this one is a very recent find.

Raven Wood Forest

Smelling- have to give another mention to the beautiful heather moors and the smell of honey that wafts on the breeze from them at this time of year.

And Finally how did we ever manage this?

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Thank you Mr E for sharing the happy times and being there when I was in need.







InSpired Sunday!

I have come back to my own patch for this weeks Church. In fact I have spent August exploring the churches in the towns and villages in my area, and there are so many that I hadn’t visited before. I have had a splendid time. When I sat in this particular Church it really made me think that as a resource for time out, peace and tranquility, thinking space, as a nation we really do not utilize the Parish churches enough. Most of the ones I have visited have had just me there, and I have let the atmosphere just wash over me, leaving me at Peace with myself and God.

I just love visiting a new church, you just don’t know what you will find. Here comes this weeks, visited after a trip to the Solicitor’s office.

All Saints Church, Kirkbymoorside

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And closer still

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I just love stained glass windows

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And this church had two delights.

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That’s the church as it was in 1790 in stained glass

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And this window depicts a chemist shop owned by the Wrothwell family who donated this window.

At the back of the church is this

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staircase which goes up

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and up,

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and up.

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and this staircase which goes to a room used a long time ago to accommodate the priest.

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The little window over the porch is for this Priests chamber.

I explored the graveyard round the back.

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Now I think it is a jolly nice that churches don’t cut all the grass  in order to encourage wildlife. But that doesn’t make it a wildlife garden  it can just make it an unkempt mess.

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If you click on this picture you will see that under the weeds are graves. Imagine how you would feel if you had come to see a grave that was in this undergrowth.

Leave you with one final shot from the back of the churchyard.

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Linking with Elizabeth for Inspired Sunday





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