York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

1 Comment CherryPie on Jun 23rd 2018

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

1 Comment CherryPie on Jun 22nd 2018

Attingham Park

Attingham Park

Attingham Park

Attingham Park

Attingham Park

Attingham Park

The Wrekin from Attingham Park

No Comments CherryPie on Jun 21st 2018

Attingham Park Walled Garden

I met with a friend for lunch in Attingham Park. Lunch was followed by a leisurely stroll around the walled garden, woodland and deer park. By the time we left Attingham I had reached my target of 10000 steps for the walking challenge that I am taking part in.

Attingham Park Walled Garden

Attingham Park Walled Garden

Attingham Park Deer Park

Attingham Park Deer Park

Attingham Park

Dramatic Sky

Following my planned walk in Attingham Park I had a second unplanned walk.

Pathway

After dinner we phoned my mum and got the automated reply “the person you are calling is unavailable please try again later”. We did several times and got the same message. We thought that she had done that thing that she sometime does with her phone where she has forgotten to press a button after a call. We had to go and check to be sure!

Light at the end of the Tunnel

Pedestrians Only

Thankfully she had done that thing with the phone button and it was nothing more problematic.

Sunset

The second walk boosted my step count to over 14600, I am sure I can make 15000 steps before bedtime ;-)

11 Comments CherryPie on Jun 19th 2018

Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a medieval town house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York.

Until the 1980s the building was hidden under the relatively modern facade, only when it was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval structure discovered and its rich history uncovered.

The oldest parts of Barley Hall date from about 1360, when the Hall was built as the York townhouse of Nostell Priory, a monastery near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. A new wing was added to the building in about 1430. Soon after, the Hall became the home of a leading York citizen, William Snawsell, Goldsmith, Alderman and Lord Mayor of York.

The house was bought by York Archaeological Trust in January 1987. Later that year, a full archaeological investigation of the interior was carried out through one metre of deposits to the 14th century levels, revealing the remains of the floor of the Great Hall. Further investigations in 1990 to 1991 looked at the courtyard and found the remains of the exterior stairway to the Great Chamber on the first floor. Work to restore the Hall to its former glory began in 1990 and it re-opened to the public in 1993.

The medieval building has been lovingly restored to its original splendour with stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. It has been decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.

Barley Hall

Barley Hall

Tudor feasts were as much about presentation as taste. “Peacock Royal” or “Royale” would have been served at the King’s table with the feet and beak gilded in gold. Firsty the skin and feathers would have been carefully removed before the rest of the bird was stuffed with herbs and spices and slowly roasted. The skin and feathers would then have been placed back on the cooked meat. At the time they would not have know that this caused contamination. The bird was then presented to the King with great ceremony looking as if alive.*

Barley Hall

Swans were considered regal ans so only eaten on special occasions. Their beaks would have been gilded with gold leaf and sometimes small crowns were placed on their heads. *

Barley Hall

Barley Hall

Subtleties were made of marchpane (powdered almonds, sugar and rose water) and would have been carved into fantastic creations indicating the wealth and status of the giver of the feast.*

Barley Hall

Barley Hall

*Information note at Barley Hall

6 Comments CherryPie on Jun 18th 2018

To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.

Euripides

Hodnet Hall

14 Comments CherryPie on Jun 17th 2018

Mock Orange

The Mock Orange in our garden is looking spectacular this year despite the wind trying to do its worst with the blooms.

I am sorry for the low quality of the image, I had to take it through my upstairs window so as not to disturb the baby Pied Wagtail that had taken up residence on our garden path for the afternoon. Occasionally he(or she) was fed by one of his parents but he was reluctant to fly from his temporary home.

Baby Pied Wagtail

Hopefully I will get chance to take a proper photograph of the Mock Orange tomorrow…

2 Comments CherryPie on Jun 16th 2018

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