Tag Archives: January holiday

St Albans – stained glass and medieval paint

The very first time Stuart came down to visit, long before we had any idea we were at the beginning of an adventure and even longer before we had even thought about writing together, I had stopped outside the tiny … Continue reading

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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

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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

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St Albans Abbey – ‘and unto God’…

Where do you start? If the fabric of the building is made of fifteen hundred years and more of stone, then the sight that greets you as you step inside St Albans Abbey reflects a thousand years of art and … Continue reading

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St Albans… ‘render unto Caesar’

Tuesday morning looked promising as we headed out early for St Albans. The beautiful sky soon clouded over, though, leaving us with a chill and persistent rain. We’d been meaning to visit the town for a long time, knowing that … Continue reading

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Wet walk with kites

From Addingham we drove round the edge of the moor to Dick Hudson’s, a pub known as a starting point for walkers. A short climb and you are up on the moors. The day was clear and windy, perfect for … Continue reading

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Meeting on the moor

Friday morning saw us on the road heading even further north… towards Ilkley and the moors. We could have been there in a couple of hours on the motorway, but we chose the long way round, going cross country through … Continue reading

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Invisible hills

By the time we reached the Old Nag’s Head in Edale we were glad of the fire and warmth. The road to the village is a steep descent from the hilltops into the valley at the best of times. As … Continue reading

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North by north-east

There were buzzards, kestrels and kites, it seemed, marking every mile as I drove north on Wednesday, just watching the road from tree and fence. I may have been travelling alone, but I was not going to feel lonely with … Continue reading

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