Screen Shots

And so ignorant myopia of my teenage self is corrected - the elements of Hexham Abbey which were of no interest to me then but which entranced me on my recent visit to the church. I wasn't alone either, for on my arrival one of the women running the gift shop asked if I was … Continue reading Screen Shots

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Twin Towers

I used to have a beautiful photograph of the Tuscan hill town San Gimignano (I think by Andrea Rontini) bathed in the golden hour light of the setting sun.  Sadly in "the great divide" my ex won that particular toss of the coin and the image of a town known as the "Medieval Manhattan" because … Continue reading Twin Towers

Solent Running (Soton Part I)

If I'm completely honest I wasn't thrilled when my employer told me I was off to Southampton this week. The distance played a part; the 300 mile drive was going to consume a big part of my Sunday, but aside from that the place itself didn't have any positive associations. I've only been on two … Continue reading Solent Running (Soton Part I)

Near the bendy spring?

The village of Bywell in Northumberland was once a busy medieval market town, yet little remains of the settlement now.  I was told many years ago this was due to the plague, though I haven't been able to confirm this by any recent research - it may have been cleared by the landowner for agricultural … Continue reading Near the bendy spring?