Monday, 27 May 2013

Perennial Wallflower

My favourite flower for sentimental reasons is Erysmumum 'Bowles Mauve'. This perennial wallflower was a particular favourite of my Mother. I am also a big fan of Lupins but can never seem to grow them. The memory of the colourful bed of Lupins in our back garden in the 1950s remains with me still!


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Two Hours in Stydd

A gentle walk around the Manor of Stydd reveals much to photograph. It lies close to Ribchester in Lancashire. It has what has been described as a unique set of Almshouses, dating from 1728. The steps up to the veranda are spectacular.

St Saviour's church, established in the mid-thirteenth century, stands in a field close to Stydd Manor Farm and is Grade 1 listed by English Heritage. The church was acquired by the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. It has an octagonal font decorated with carved shields depicting sacred and heraldic symbols and monograms. Two of these, respectively, show the sacred heart with the wounded hands and feet of christ and five animal heads, possibly representing bulls. The latter look like devils to me! Both shields are illustrated below.

There is also a fine looking wall with an inset plaque recording the date 1830. More on the church can be HERE.

The Almshouses at Stydd
St Saviour's Church
The interior of St Saviour's
The Sacred Heart with the wounded Hands and Feet of Christ

This heraldic device has five animal heads of unknown origin
A beautiful bit of walling at Stydd Manor farm


Saturday, 11 May 2013

Street Art

I saw this amazing street art photograph on Pinterest and thought it might be of interest? Click on the image and then the Street Art title on the Board to the right of the photograph to see more examples