Friday, November 17, 2017

More Photos of Canterbury Cathedral - Anglophile Friday

 Canterbury Cathedral Gate

This is another installment of our September/October England trip with my brother and his wife. A few weeks ago I showed you a few photos of the exterior of Canterbury Cathedral covered with scaffolding, and a few interior shots of the cathedral. So today, I have other photos to share, most of which I'm not thrilled with because of my new camera. What was I thinking! But, oh well.

Pulpit with Canopy or Tester overhead

 At the front of the nave, looking eastward toward the rood screen

 Past (east of) the rood screen into the choir (quire)

 Some tourist got into my photo.

Actually, that's my brother with his audioguide. Isn't he cute?
We all had audioguides, which are very helpful.

 High Altar

 Entrance, south
Steps with many centuries of wear
Becket Memorial
Becket Flame

If you don't know the story of Henry II and Thomas Becket, you can read it HERE . It's a tragic story of friendship, allegiance vs. conscience, and misunderstanding.

 Burial of Christ


"Items that are crafted for the Cathedral or given as gifts often have a tale to tell too. One such item is the bronze Burial of Christ statue located in the Corona also known as the Chapel of the Saints and Martyrs of our Time. It stands on a plinth to the left of the chapel.

"Collections revealed close up The statue consists of four figures carrying the body of Christ wrapped in a shroud. It is thought that the figures may represent apostles carrying Jesus to his burial place after his crucifixion. This is a popular subject in religious artwork and has been depicted notably by Michelangelo and Caravaggio amongst others. The statue really captures the struggle that the four figures are experiencing, both physically and emotionally; three are looking ahead of them, their faces lined with grief, whilst the fourth holds his head in his hands. Their clothes are thought to be a traditional dish-dash or thawb, a traditional African garment."  Read more about this sculpture HERE

 St. Eustace mural

"This wall painting, dating from around 1480, was uncovered in 1830 when lime wash was removed from the wall of the north aisle of the choir.  It shows the story of St Eustace, a legendary Christian martyr who lived in the second century AD.  The setting is a series of wooded landscapes with details of ships, hamlets, churches, castles, monkeys, and a river meandering to the sea.  The story starts at the bottom, with Eustace on his knees before his quarry, a white stag, between whose horns can be seen an image of Christ.  It ends with Eustace and his family roasted to death in a large bull placed over a fire (!)" - from

Some of the beautiful architecture
and stained glass

 Ancient monks' dormitory
within the cathedral close


 Another time, without scaffolding on the west end

 Fun traveling companions!

And see that sign?
Nicholson's. They're everywhere!

I think we'll now move on from Canterbury, although I could have stayed there a very long time. And I love that cathedral. As I've said many times in the past, it is truly an awe-inspiring house of worship.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hodgepodging Hibernation

Sunset walk on Sunday, Nov. 12
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1. What takes you out of your comfort zone?

Well, outside my comfort zone are definitely driving on winter snow and ice. We're coming up on four or five months of snow and ice. I'm already dreading it.

2. Your least favorite spice?

I can't think of a spice I don't like. I look at my spice rack and like all of them. My favorite is probably hot yellow curry powder from

 And funny, but that hot yellow curry powder
is in the pantry with my other spices
that don't fit in the spice rack.

Can you guess what the spice is, about middle of the bottom row? 

What're your favorite herbs and spices?

3. What's a small change you'd like to make?

About seventy-five cents. Okay, actually, I can't think of any small change I need to make, but can think of several HUGE changes I need to make and will most likely be making in the next year or two.
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4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you've visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they're as follows-

Monticello (Jefferson's home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway's home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington's home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA)

Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit?

Do cathedrals count? They are historic homes of worshippers, aren't they. And I love visiting them all (and have visited many). And I've visited a handful of castles in England. They most definitely were homes as well as fortresses. As for the more common sense of the term, I enjoyed visiting The Biltmore and wouldn't mind visiting Longue Vue House and Gardens and San Francisco Plantation. Those sound interesting, and I'd like to visit Louisiana in general.

 Ely Cathedral
A favorite.
I guess they're all favorites.

 James J. Hill House,
St. Paul, MN
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 Glensheen Mansion,
Duluth, MN
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 Skipton Castle
North Yorkshire

  Castle Howard
North Yorkshire

Castle Bolton
North Yorkshire

5. What's something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad?

I suspect that check-out people at a store will be less and less common, that credit cards will be a thing of the past, and maybe DVDs. None of this makes me sad or glad. And maybe the USPS will be obsolete. That would be kinda sad because Mr. C. and the postman have frequent, albeit brief, political conversations that we would miss. :-)

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

 Neighbor Bill's Barn
Sunday, November 12

Random #1: I love that old barn just across the road.

Random #2: I can't believe that November is half over! I can't believe that gun deer hunting begins next weekend and my poor little eight or so deer will be having to run and hide.

P.S. About yesterday's post: Mr. C. and I watched the David Suchet version of 'Murder on the Orient Express' again. It's on YouTube and on Acorn. Anyway, although the photography and scenery and music were better in the newer movie, we thought, I will always prefer the Suchet performance as Poirot.  He portrayed a very real, deep, and intense moral struggle that was not as evident in the Branagh Poirot.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express

I didn't think it was possible that I could embrace the idea of anyone else playing Hercule Poirot after having watched hours and hours of David Suchet in that role, but I was wrong. Kenneth Branagh made it work. And the photography and scenery alone in this new 'Murder on the Orient Express' is worth the price of the ticket.

In case you haven't watched 'Murder on the Orient Express' with David Suchet, the above is a YouTube video of the entire movie. One of my favorites.

And 'Darkest Hour,' about Britain, Churchill in WWII is also coming to theaters in November. Good grief. We hadn't been to a movie since 'Bridge of Spies' and now there are two so close together that I want to see on the big screen. Unheard of.

And yeah, I still prefer David Suchet. 



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Monday, November 13, 2017

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Scenes of Canterbury, UK - Anglophile Friday

Train Station

I'm finally getting started on blogging about the12 day vacation we took to England with my brother and his wife in late September and early October. After arriving at Heathrow, traveling by Heathrow Express into London and taking a train to Canterbury, we walked the short distance to our hotel and settled in. The following is a series of photos of street scenes (or hotel scenes) of Canterbury. At this rate, this story might take years to finish.

Westgate Towers, Canterbury
Falstaff Hotel, 1403
(and that's not the street address)

Mr. C's Full English Breakfast at the Falstaff

My Full English Breakfast

Falstaff Hotel,originally a coaching inn, established 1403.
Meandering and interesting hallways.
Click HERE for a little history of the hotel.
It was the perfect place for us in accommodation and price!

 And I loved their addition of pigeons on the tile roof!

The heated towel rack is one of the best British inventions ever!
I can almost forgive them for not always having a central spigot in the sink.

 Street market.

I heard that the Black Plague is making a resurgence.

 The canal that runs alongside the Old Weavers' House

I came across some Emma Bridgewater, but I'm not a fan of polka dots.

The best fish and chips.

The cutest scene I saw in Canterbury!
Just across from our hotel.

Okay, that's all for now.
Eventually I'll get around to another installment.
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