Tag: churches

G is for Graveyard

This was taken in the graveyard of Minster Church, Cornwall, autumn 2012.

The gravestone reads:

Mr. John Bond (not James :p) was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.

He was also her friend and soul mate.

How touching is that?  I love graveyards.  I’ve always had, even more so since moving to England.  We have one nearby, just by the headland and Little T and I love passing through it.  She likes to smell the flowers left on the graves by their loved-ones.  I on the other hand have always loved the tranquility, the ambiance in cemeteries, especially the one pictured above.  Minster church (and graveyard) has the loveliest setting – it is beside St. Peter’s wood in the Valency valley.

In autumn, as you can see from the photo above, the leaves turn into the most golden of colours.  In spring time on the other hand, you’ll find a lovely spray of daffodils and bluebells all around.  If you come to North Cornwall and love old chutes and graveyards, you should come and visit and see for yourself.

What about you?  Do you love graveyards?

Linking-up once again with #alphabetphotographyproject.

T and the Gothic Cathedral of Salisbury

Here are some important facts one should know about Salisbury Cathedral:

1.  It is was once known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

2.  This lovely cathedral is considered one of the best examples of early English architecture.

3.  Unlike other ancient cathedrals in the UK which were built over hundreds of years, Salisbury Cathedral’s main building on the other hand, was made only within 38 years (1220-1258).

4.  It has the tallest spire in England.

5.  Inside the cathedral you’ll find one of the world’s oldest working clock ( AD 1386)

6.  Lastly, the Cathedral of Salisbury has the best surviving of the four original copies of the Magna Carte.

Inside the magnificent Cathedral.

Old regiment flags on display inside the Cathedral.

In every old cathedral or church I visit, I always take time to look at the people buried on the church’s floor.  It doesn’t matter whether they are famous or not, like this grave of a doctor buried in 1696.

And of course this being a well-known cathedral, you’ll also find effigies of famous people like Lord John Cheney who was the brother of the Dean of Salisbury and was also the bodyguard and chief henchman of King Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII.  He was knighted by all three.

Can you see the medieval vandals on the effigy?  I wonder though what they meant?  You can make out some letters but not really any words.

T trying to peer at the model of the Cathedral with other kids.  She was actually tip-toeing.  Poor kid.

I love the arches of this gothic cathedral.

T actually wanted to play on the grass, we had to explain that it was off limits to visitors.

Fine she says, planting her little bum on one of the nearby benches.

Salisbury Cathedral is definitely worth a visit.  When we were there, since it was a sunday, a mass was about to begin, but I was too hungry to wait and when I’m hungry, I get really grumpy.  So for everyone’s sake I thought it was best to leave and hunt down a place to eat.

This is the part two of A Visit to Salisbury post and even though technically, Salisbury is a city, it is also known as the city in the countryside,  hence the reason for linking this up with Coombe Mill’s Country kids.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Autumn in Minster

Yes, there are days when the grey clouds depart and the blue clouds appear and like magic, everything around you turns beautiful.  And you wonder, where have you been all the time? Have I been blinded by my misery or is the greyness so thick, it just hid everything?  The answer is yes, to both I guess.

We had a chance to experience one of those autumn days where everything you turn to is absolutely beautiful.  Knowing it was going to be a good day, we didn’t want to waste the day by staying indoors and so we headed for Minster church, what is known to be Boscastle’s mother church – Forrarbury church is the nearest to our house.  It is a bit of a hike to get to Minster church, but one that is very much worth it especially in rare beautiful autumn days and of course, spring time when everywhere you turn you see bluebells and daffodils.

Minster church dates as far back to AD 500 when a Welsh princess named Madryn moved to the valley.  She supposedly healed people through prayer and water and is buried inside the church.  What I love actually is the graveyard.

It’s such an ideal place to be buried, surrounded by beauty all through out the seasons.  The epitaphs written on the gravestones is worth another blog entry, but I’ll save that for another day.

My little one enjoyed exploring the graveyard and the sound of the leaves crunching beneath her wellies.

I’d say Minster church has one of the most beautiful settings I’ve ever seen.  Imagine getting married here in the spring time – the place will be surrounded by a sea of blue bells and daffodils.

Now if only there were more autumn days like these then everything would be just perfect.