Category Archives: medieval wall paintings

A Thousand Miles of History XV: Under one roof…

We had finally found breakfast, in a little café that doubled as a bakery, gallery and bookstore…and there can be no better combination. Well fortified for the rest of the day, we strolled back into the misty little town of … Continue reading

Posted in adventure, albion, Ancient sites, Art, Books, Churches, Don and Wen, historic sites, medieval wall paintings, Mythology, Photography, Sacred sites, Stuart France and Sue Vincent | Tagged , , , | 33 Comments

A flying visit – The Guild Chapel, Stratford upon Avon

I mentioned that, during our visit to Stratford upon Avon, we had wandered off on our way back to the car, drawn by the tower of a small church. It had proved a profitable detour, bringing us to an old … Continue reading

Posted in Churches, England, historic sites, History, medieval wall paintings, Photography, Stuart France and Sue Vincent, symbolism | Tagged , , , , , | 22 Comments

A visit to Haddon Hall

Every time we had driven past Haddon Hall, I had the feeling we needed to go there. The feeling bugged me a bit, as stately homes have not really been part of our research. We tend to be drawn to … Continue reading

Posted in England, historic sites, History, Landscape, medieval wall paintings, Photography, riddles of the night, Stuart France and Sue Vincent, The Silent Eye, workshop 2018 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

Where were we? Skeletons and Templars

We had lunch at the thatched pub in Chearsley, a place that may be the site of the battle where the first  Saxon king of Wessex, Cerdic and his son, Cynric fought the Britons in 527… Arthurian times. The inn … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient sites, Art, Churches, History, medieval wall paintings, Stuart France and Sue Vincent, travel | Tagged , , , | 25 Comments

Where were we? Hidden history …

My guest and I were out soon after lunch and heading towards the terminal blandness of Milton Keynes. I wouldn’t normally inflict such a place on a guest…this is one of the ‘new towns’ of the 1960s, its roads laid … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient sites, Art, Churches, England, History, medieval wall paintings, painting, Photography | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Where were we? ‘Midsomer’ in spring…

“May I help you?” The stern voice sounded more ominous than helpful, slicing the serene silence of the old church. The warden towered over the suspicious individual who was pulling up the heavy iron grate at the base of the … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient sites, Churches, England, History, medieval wall paintings, Photography, Stuart France and Sue Vincent | Tagged , , , , , | 17 Comments

St Albans – “Count the stars…”

We had finally made it into the Crossing at the centre of the Abbey… you barely remembered that the tiles beneath your feet had been made by Minton when you looked up. One incredible painted ceiling after another stretched away … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient sites, Art, Churches, Don and Wen, History, medieval wall paintings, Photography, Rose, Sacred sites, Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

St Albans – ‘Not built by hands…’

“Look,” said my companion, pointing at a pair of stained glass panels obviously older than those we had seen so far, “they had hobbits back then too…” I have long since accepted that title and the grey wrap I like … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Churches, Don and Wen, History, medieval wall paintings, Photography, Sacred sites, Spirituality | Tagged , , , , | 23 Comments

Little gems – St Lawrence, Broughton

I’m heading north this morning for the monthly meeting of the Silent Eye as we gear up towards the annual April Workshop in Derbyshire. There are one or two things we have in mind to see while I’m up there… … Continue reading

Posted in Churches, medieval wall paintings, Photography, travel | Tagged , , , , | 25 Comments

Starts Tomorrow – Kindle Countdown Deal

To celebrate the launch of Giants Dance: Rhyme and Reason, Don and Wen’s third adventure in the landscape and mythology of England, we are running a Kindle Countdown Deal , saving up to 87% per book, on our two previous … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient sites, Avalon, Books, Churches, Dreams, England, Friendship, Giants Dance, Glastonbury, Goddess, Heart of Albion, History, Humour, Landscape, Life, Love and Laughter, medieval wall paintings, Mythology, Photography, Sacred sites, Spirituality, Stuart France, The Initiate, The Silent Eye | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment