Monday, December 19

Robin's aka Evenlode DIY

The window display messages in Robin's shop always gladden my heart.

Sunday, December 18

Jaffé & Neale Bookshop & Café - Chipping Norton

The kitchen is coming on apace, but yesterday I badly needed to get away from the noise, dust and Plant Rock (although I've been surprised by how many lyrics to classic rock songs I know).

At the suggestion of Jackie, the landlady from the Queen's head we headed up to Chipping Norton, to Jaffé & Neale and wonderful independent bookshop. As well as books, it sells tea & coffee, cakes, cards and tat (of a superior kind). Lucy shopping heaven basically.

All that, and a fantastic Oxfam second hand bookshop. I'll be going to Chipping Norton again, despite the danger of bumping into Jeremy Clarkson, David Cameron et al.

Sunday, November 27

For Virginia...

The post-boxes in Morocco are the boring French yellow ones. Adam took this pic of a post office in Marrakech for the collection, as it's a bit more exciting :-).

Saturday, November 26

Fresh Air by the Fishponds

Last night I had that telltale tickle in my throat, and I woke up this morning with a VILE cold. Although we now have lovely fire, I decided to go for walk this afternoon, to brush away from of the cobwebs. I had a wander round one of Eynsham's treasures - the Abbey Fishponds.

Eynsham had an abbey until naughty old Henry VIII fell for Anne Boleyn, and the church's money. The Anglican church, St. Leonard's (on the right), and the Roman Catholic church, St. Peter's (on the left), are both on the site.

I was a bit late for the autumn colour...

...but there was still plenty to see.

I was also able to enjoy one of my favourite of life's small pleasures - kicking through piles of fallen leaves.

Sunday, September 18


Those of you who know my portly personage well are aware that I'm partial to a bit of cake.

I was spoilt for choice yesterday. fr Robert & fr. Haavar Simon were ordained to the diaconate, and fr Lawrence became Fr Lawrence. So they was plenty of cake to be had. The one above was made by Genevieve, one of Blackfriars graduate students.

However, the cake of cakes, was made by fr Richard Conrad.

Although it did make me wonder about the social niceties of eating the figures. I was tempted to cut the bishop's head off...but that's probably not the done thing. Trouble is the figures don't last for ever.

We kept our wedding cake hippos for a few years, but they went the way of all flesh (or marzipan at any rate)!

Sunday, August 7

Exeter Cathedral - Guardian Angel

There are some awful representations of angels about, but this one is incredibly beautiful and tender. The perfect note to finish my holiday photos on methinks.

Dorset 2011 - A Few Things That Caught My Eye

Dorset really is lovely. As well as the countryside, here are a few other things that I enjoyed looking at.

A little stained glass window...

...some mulberries (which were delicious)... adolescent seagull...

...a tandem mountain bike (one for Abigail & Paul?)...

...and an elderly Paddington.

With all the fish 'n' chips that are eaten, I bet these lorries run day and night (I recommend 'Herbie's Dino Bar', on the seafront in Lyme. Fish sourced from Lyme Bay and cooked to order).

Now is this a CAD monkey? Or a gentleman who's well, a bit of a rake (but would you advertise?).

A fisherman at rest.

Exeter Quayside & Canal

My Pa and I bullied the rest of the family down to the quayside. The quay was built to service the wool trade. This is the lovely little customs house.

This little building looks rather Dutch doesn't it?

All these little lockups are now chichi shops, except for a rather good coffee place.

It's all been done rather well, with canoe hire...

...and a cute little chain ferry. The only other one I know is in Stratford-upon-Avon, the one connecting St Hilda's to Christchurch meadow is long gone.

We decided to take a boat trip up the canal.

Canal swing bridges are usually operated by someone walking along the bank. In this case a chap jumped from the boat each time.

He then swung on the the bridge itself, and jumped back into the boat. Wondering whether he'd fall in all added to the enjoyment of the trip.

Boater friends tell me that the Exeter Ship Canal is one of the oldest.

It's certainly absolutely lovely.

Here is some gratuitous male flesh for Lorna's delight & delectation.

I'd rather like a long trip down this canal. Any takers?

Saturday, August 6

For Virginia...

Dearest V

I saw these in Exeter...

...and thought of you.

Exeter Cathedral

On a beautiful day we took a trip across the border to Exeter.

A visit to the cathedral enabled me to introduce my smallest nieces to one of my passions...

...stone carvings.

It's a perfect game to play with little ones... spot all the little animals and faces.

This dragon looks rather shy...

...this one has FANTASTIC teeth...

...this dog has fleas?

Thanks to my big sis we all spotted the 'cheshire cat' - can you?

Dorset 2011 - For Marmalade Kiss

Spotted in Lyme Regis - a corset Juliet?

Dorset 2011 - Abbotsbury Swannery

On the edge of The Fleet you find Abbotsbury Swannery.

It was established by the abbey as a food source - "Oh no! Not swan again!" (I found this figure rather creepy)

And yes, there are lots of swans.

This swan is being lazy - it's not injured.

It's not all swans, there are plenty of coots and ducks about.

Anna Pavlova visited as research for her role in 'The Dying Swan'.

It must have been rather a bizarre visit.

I'd have loved to buy postcards of these pictures, but they didn't have them of course. Why do places never have postcards of what I want?

I also enjoyed the landscaping...

...however, I think Sarah and the girls liked the tractor ride best! :-)