Tag Archives: story

Colour of Oxford Castle

  It was a blissful and rare sunny day after one long grey Winter as I walked past Oxford Castle and the brick work popped.     The old castle was built by the Saxons with a simple mound and tower to protect boundaries of a new settlement called “Oxenaford”  1000 years ago.  We are now a booming student city but just […]
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Saint Frideswides Love

Walking past Christ Church with the sun bouncing off the stone made me become an instant  tourist and find out more about the stories inside the building.  The architecture maybe familiar from the Harry Potter films and TV show ‘Morse’.  The college is where many medieval stories are staged and a review of ‘Murder in […]
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Perfect Theatre of Pantomime

  Winter Solstice in the UK today has arrived along with lots of blue sky.  The Christmas Markets nearby are more fun with the milder weather so it is great to spend time gazing at the craft stalls and carousels.     I spent the night in a medieval Estate house, now a hotel, and got […]
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St Edmund and the Wolf

When the Danes invaded England around 800 AD the Saxon King Edmund fought to maintain the fort at Bury (in the East of England) and alas he ended up slashed by a Viking sword. His head was said to be found in a nearby woodland and was fiercely guarded by a wolf. Saxon soldiers battled the […]
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Dynwens Last Symphony – the past is cast

    This photo was taken near a well and reminds me of the region of Wales where Saint Dynwen’s story began.   Tomorrow is the patron saint of Love’s day of celebration.  This celtic Saint has her own island devoted to her near Anglesey in Wales where floral tributes are left.   My new […]
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Provands Lordship

  Standing in the space of the oldest house in Glasgow, founded in 1471, shows me what is possible when you build something with purpose; it out lasts change. The top floor of the house in Glasgow originally used by both church and hospital has a wooden bench by a window that looks onto the […]
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The Joy of St Peter’s

  First, a warning: A lot of what you read here may surprise you. On the surface, it sounds unbelievable. How could something so traditional as a historic church surprise anyone? It is easy to walk by, you know the scenario. A show with heavy marketing, laden down with posters, guided me South. Especially during […]
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Ghost Forest

Walking home, jilted, one late summer’s night it is a delight to stumble upon these tree stumps from Brazil and further a field.  The roots carve into each other and infinitely bend into twisted curves providing a mesmering road to nowhere for the eyes to follow.   The chap I thought was more than a […]
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blackberry is a gooseberry

My neighbour has a holiday cottage full of the outdoors type.  They are frequently lost on our winding roads but I hear them coming up the lane from random chatter on their mobile phones.  Right now I have my window open. to catch what drifts in on the breeze. I’m walking my way to work […]
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A Shot into the Light from Victoriana

(to be read amongst friends) Anna-  She’s here. Bess-  She’s not here. She doesn’t want to be here! It’s a day off from the kitchens of Audley End. Anna-  Of course she’s here. It’s a hide and seek game silly! We have to look harder. Bess-  She’s never seen this garden before. She’s new to […]
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