Category Archives: adventure

Selby Abbey – A final blaze…

There is a final jewel at Selby Abbey; the great East Window. I told how the great fire of 1906 had put it in imminent danger of shattering and how a dedicated fire crew had protected the fragile panes with … Continue reading

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Selby Abbey – Faces from the past

When the church was restored after the fire of 1906, the wooden roof had to be reinstated. Looking up today, you could be forgiven for thinking this is the original work, so faithfully have the beams been reproduced. The bosses, … Continue reading

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Selby Abbey – Phoenix

“From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring…” Tolkien, Lord of the Rings Just before midnight, October 19th 1906, workers who had been installing a new system in the organ saw flames in … Continue reading

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Selby Abbey – Royalty and the American Flag

Another huge window fills the end wall of the south transept, showing scenes from the early history of the Abbey at Selby. On both walls, the stained glass depicts members of the Royal House; on one side Victoria, Queen and … Continue reading

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Selby Abbey – Interwoven threads

We walked down the Norman nave, passing Abbot Hugh’s pillar, identical to those at Durham cathedral where we had been the day before. Was it only the previous day? Similar too to the great carved columns of Dunfermline a few … Continue reading

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Selby Abbey – Dignity and memories

We were supposed to be in Scotland this week, revisiting a magical place. However, that cannot happen at the moment. As things are rather up in the air, I thought I’d revisit a past trip this week and share a … Continue reading

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Giants Dance: Rhyme and Reason… now Book of the Month at Strange Book Reviews

It is always a lovely surprise to find a review of a book. Even better when it is a positive review… Book of the Month and reviewed at Strange Book Reviews It started with a Kite moved through conversations with … Continue reading

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Laying a trail…

I pulled the camper-van into the parking spot and woke my companion. While he set about making coffee in the snazzy little kitchen, I rummaged in the storage compartment for the tool kit and another sign. We had done well … Continue reading

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Perfect symbols

       “Not necessarily these days, what do think it means?”       “It’s the observer and the observed. They’re the observer. We’re the observed”       “Don’t be absurd.”       I motion out of the roof window where three Red Kites are … Continue reading

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Notes from a Small Dog: Walking the two-legses

I have no idea why she thought she had to take the picture of us with the sign that mentions ‘animals on the road’… but she seemed happy enough to be out with the camera, so I let it pass. … Continue reading

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