Saturday, 1 February 2014

Theme Day: Entrance

So considering today's Theme Day over at the wonderful is Entrance, this is quite apt. The entrance to the Lodge House at the Abbey, built around the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536 - 1541 I believe. The actual Abbey dates from 12thc.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Doors - The Bell Tewkesbury

I love wondering how many people over the many years have wandered or staggered through these doors after propping the bar up...

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Tewkesbury Abbey entrance doors

Doors found on the beautiful abbey building. The abbey dates from the 12thc.

Tewkesbury Abbey

I shall be posting some pics of beautiful old doors.  I happen to love them and have been known to touch them, even hug them as I think of all the people gone before, through them, past them, leaning on them and of course touching them! Where better to start, then, than our very own 12th century Abbey in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Thursday, 12 September 2013


Sometimes a drive just five minutes away from home brings total peace, in Gloucestershire

Friday, 23 August 2013

Battle of Tewkesbury 1471 Medieval Festival

Posting these rather late, but here they are; pics of the town during the Festival 2013.  Great fun!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Retro elec typewriter !

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Architectural Feast

Looking at this view in Tewkesbury we could almost be way back in history. In Medieval times you'd see monks wandering through the lanes back to the Abbey.  Child seamstresses may have been peaking through the large windows on the right. Large, to let in more light. Maybe some would be playing in the lane in their time off, which wasn't often. Cottages along the way through the years have been filled with overspilling families with little to eat. What stories these walls could tell!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Guest Location!

Loving the Tudor period, I was thrilled to find myself - at the end of a mystery tour driven by Dive of the blog that is SmallGlassPlanet - at Blickling Hall in Norfolk. Birthplace of Mary Boleyn and venue of her saucy shenanigans with King Henry VIII. To think we most likely walked where they...also walked.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Nodding Gables
This 17thc building was first a ticket office for stage coaches. The Old Coach House. When the railway era arrived it became an ironmongers. The Golden Key. When the gable ridge broke the gables fell forward and it was known as the Nodding Gables.
They still nod! I shall take another pic soon showing more. Now?It's a bank.


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Upton upon Severn

So maybe this is the way we should all go, buying directly from the butcher.  I've no idea what this one is like, but it looked very attractive, set in the middle of a little village, I think Hanley Swan?  Not quite sure. Worcestershire.
The Severn at Upton, swollen and vast.  I felt drawn to it standing on the edge, yikes!  New flood defences put in there seemed to be working marvellously though!  
I've always liked Upton.  Quite similar to Tewkesbury in lots of ways.. including the flooding!  Nice little town, full of individual shops rather than the inevitable chains you see in lots of towns.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Malvern trip

Afternoon trip to Malvern on a beautiful sunny day.
The approach to the Malvern hills from Tewkesbury is so lovely - the hills are not far away and it's good to get closer...
Trails in the sky, the hills loom larger.  Thank goodness the mist is lifting.
This looks like a proper entrance to the hills themselves!  In fact it's in the area of the Three Counties Showground, I just pulled over to take a shot.  Interestingly, this is Lyn Downes Way!  Different spelling from my own name, but I'll take it just the same.
Trying to emulate Eric's viewpoint at  - and not quite making it.  My face takes up too much of the pic.  Must practise more.  He manages to get just an eye in or something.  Take a look!