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10 Random things!

I did a 10 random things post back in February and it was great fun. Seeing Annie’s recently on Knitsofacto reminded it was time for another.

So here goes

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I just love this New Moon over the trees in our garden. I am never quite certain which I prefer a New Moon or a Full Moon. There is something just magical about moon light.

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And you can’t beat a Bluebell wood. These just smelled divine, of honey and childhood. We always went bluebell picking in the Spring. Since I had my own home I have grown bluebells in the garden so I can still pick them. And they are spreading year on year. This year I think I have enough to transplant into a new area of the garden. A really pleasant job for next week.

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We were given, by two of our boys,  a years National Trust membership for Christmas.This is Rievaulx terrace. Rich bankers are not a thing of just now. Imagine being able to build your own posh house and then finding that you had wonderful views of Rievaulx Abbey from your estate 9 miles away. What do you do, why build a terrace and a picnic spot.. this to be precise. Now owned by the National Trust.

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Totally loved this horse sculpture, half way along the Terrace.

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This made me smile so much last week in the New Forest.

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Loved this avenue of trees, picture bit rubbish on account of being in a car at the time.

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So recognize this from the Hovis adverts? Not West Yorkshire at all, but Shaftesbury, Dorset. Loved the views from here.

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Can’t resist a black cat in a churchyard, especially one who reminds me of my beloved Mrs Tigger.

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Ok so you will have to click on this picture to see the moorhen chicks. I don’t think I saw moor hen chicks before. This taken at Lulworth Cove.

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And a buttercup field. I just love the sight of a buttercup field.

So that was 10, but here’s a bonus

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Picked from my garden this week. The honeysuckle is spectacular and I just had to have some for the house. There is a blackbird and a robins nest in amongst it. Can you imagine a more perfect place to be a baby bird in?

Hope you enjoyed these, which was your favourite?



InSpired Sunday!

The first re location spot we have been exploring is Cambridgeshire. Some super churches, but not the location for us after all.


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St Neot’s

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A village near St Neot’s.

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St Ives

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The lovely millennium window at Houghton.

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InSpirational Sunday

I couldn’t help but wonder what was the purpose of a Church Spire? One school of thought suggests that a spire points the way to heaven. A more prosaic explanation is that spires were added to church towers because the builders could build it, and the congregation could pay for one. So, once one church had a spire the neighbouring towns and villages wanted one too.

My thought is that a spire can be seen wherever you are in the parish and so are reminded of God throughout your day.

But is this true? I set about a walk into town from every direction to photo the Spire of my church St Peter and St Paul, Pickering, UK

It came as a bit of a surprise to me to realise that you can’t always see what you expect to see, and sometimes the nearer you get the harder it gets to see something as buildings get in the way. And what you can see on one side of the road you can’t see on the other, and sometimes you have to walk quite a way away before you see anything. It was a fascinating experience and I haven’t yet walked all the ways into town. But here are the first set of pictures.

Starting from our bedroom window, here is the first glimpse

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and the first decent view into town from home

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tucked between the Memorial hall and some converted flats.

Coming around the Memorial Hall onto the bridge

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there it is again.

From the top of the hill to the north

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much closer but barely visible-you may need to click on this picture to even see it.

Coming from the East

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here is the Spire over the trees.

Crossing the road to Whitby you have to come much closer

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walking along the side of the old Vicarage.  Finally into the church yard

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for a decent view near my ancestors tomb.

Approaching from the south east, I found I had to walk a lot further than I thought

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what spire? Here it is in a close up

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Coming in from the south I had to come right into town for this

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Now the Spire can be seen from further away from the south- I have yet to walk that route for these pictures. I’ve got a few more routes out of town to take.

It surprised me that the view from the biggest hill was hopeless, so hopeless I won’t show those shots. I’ll leave you with my favourite view.

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Too much road in the picture- getting a decent shot is a project for 2014!

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Inspired Sunday!

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Probably one of the most iconic religious buildings in England. I bring you King’s College Cambridge.

Friday’s fence was also Cambridge!

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Please check out this site for more InSpirational Buildings.

Friday Fences!

After last weeks pointless fence I have a very useful fence(S!) to share this week.

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All down the road are these

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outside every house for 1/4 mile!

I was so entranced by them I stopped to talk to one of the workmen and share my joy. He told me gleefully that when they had finished on this side of the road, they were going to move all the fences to the other side!


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Inspired Sunday!

I just love looking around churches and churchyards- the social history of ordinary people can be found here. Here’s a gem we visited last weekend.

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St Gregory’s Minster,Kirkdale, serving a rather big rural parish on the moors, is tucked away down a country lane. It is famed for its Anglo Saxon sundial now above the entrance to the church in the porch.

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Other carved Anglo Saxon stonework has been incorporated into the walls

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I also loved the carvings on the alter

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For more information on this church go here

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Friday Fences!

The linked series of posts at Life according to jan and jer called Friday fences really caught me unawares, and I have struggled to explain why such an idea really caught my imagination. Is it the anarchic nature of the concept- the contrast created by beautiful pictures of exotic locations and here a set of pictures of the ordinary made extraordinary because they are not the normal subject for photographs. I don’t know? I so wanted to take part but my impression was that there weren’t many fences in North Yorkshire, as our boundaries are marked with stonking great dry stone walls, huge boulders held in place by the skill of the wall builder , no cement in place, or hedges. I was reassured that Friday Fences was a loose title  and could include gates and walls.So I started looking, and always when I start really looking I find  things I never noticed before.

Last Sunday we set off,  Sunday roaming as Jen calls it        here          and  a description I shall hence forward adopt to mean those glorious outings when you just set off to see what you can see.

And with camera in hand I found

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my first fence up on the moors near Kirkbymoorside.

and a second fence nearby

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now these are useful fences but I can’t help feeling that the

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walls are prettier

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and frame the landscape perfectly

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and the moors are lovelier without fence or wall.

What do you think? And have you any idea why the idea of pictures of fences so thrills me? Mr E thinks I am weird as we know already, could he possibly be right?


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