Lincoln Cathedral Stonemasons

Lincoln Cathedral is fortunate to have a team of skilled stonemasons. They are responsible for both replacing carvings damaged by the passage of time and creating new imagery which will be enjoyed by visitors in the future. The image on the right is thought by some to b read more

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A difficult end to 2014, new plans for 2015!

A difficult end to 2014, new plans for 2015!

The perils of old age… It’s hard to believe that we are on the verge of a new year already. The latter stages of 2014 were fairly grim. My father (87 years old) fell and sustained a ‘life and limb threatening’ fracture of his thigh bone. He was operated on by two first-rate consultant surgeons in Derby and survived against all the odds to tell the tale, had a long period of inpatient rehabilitation and came...

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Visiting Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Visiting Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Last weekend saw us up in Cumbria visiting Blackwell, an Arts and Crafts house around three miles from Windermere and one of our favourite places.     What was the Arts and Crafts Movement?   The Arts and Crafts Movement was basically  a reaction to the industrial revolution. It was championed by John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) and William Morris (1834 – 1896), amongst others, who believed that Victorian mass production...

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Furness Abbey – an atmospheric ruin.

Furness Abbey – an atmospheric ruin.

Furness Abbey lies, abandoned in rain-drenched seclusion, in a valley in  southern Cumbria. A vast expanse of red sandstone, it’s ruined now, of course. Some of the large church is still standing, but you can see the crack running up one of the walls. And you can’t ignore the feat of modern engineering that is holding it all up. But somehow it doesn’t detract from the atmosphere especially when, on a bleak winter’s day,...

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