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I struggled to get my head in gear for walking today but eventually I forced one foot forward…

I managed to get a little lost along the way. Well not quite lost, I just couldn’t find my way back onto the main footpath. When I did find the main footpath it was further along the path than I had intended and therefore a bit too far to walk back the way I had intended, so I had to retrace my steps and choose plan B.

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6 Comments CherryPie on Jun 13th 2018

…No wonder he looks unhappy!

Left Out in the Rain

8 Comments CherryPie on Jun 11th 2018

Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.

Douglas Coupland

Singing on the Rooftop

6 Comments CherryPie on Jun 10th 2018

The Birthplace of Guy Fawkes

On 5th November 1605 a York man, Guy Fawkes, was discovered about to ignite 36 barrels of gunpowder underneath the Houses of Parliament. His aim was to spark a Catholic revolution.

Fawkes was born in York in 1570, probably at a house in Stonegate. He was baptised in St Michael le Belfry church on April 13. His father Edward, a church lawyer and a prominent Protestant in the city, died when Guy was only eight years old.

His mother remarried, to a Catholic, and they moved to the village of Scotton, near Knaresborough. Fawkes’ schooling continued in York, at St Peter’s. His schoolmates included brothers John and Christopher Wright, who were later destined to join the gunpowder plot. Christopher, or ‘Kit’, was the same age as Guy Fawkes.

In the 1570’s and 80’s York was a centre of the Catholic resistance. About the time that Fawkes himself converted he would have been aware of a particularly brutal example of the religion’s suppression. In 1586 Margaret Clitherow was publicly executed for protecting Priests in her home.

As an adult Fawkes inherited property in York, at Gillygate and Clifton. But on his 21st birthday he sold his estate and enlisted in the Catholic Spanish army. He spent his next ten years fighting for Spain, becoming commander of a unit of soldiers and an expert in explosives. In Madrid Fawkes met up again with Kit Wright and they joined a group of conspirators, who together plotted to murder King James and replace him with a Catholic monarch.

The plan was audacious and brutal. The plotters hired a cellar under Parliament and smuggled in the barrels of gunpowder. Fawkes stood guard. It was his role to light the fuse, then head to Flanders to raise forces who would join in the Catholic uprising in England.

After his arrest Guy was tortured. His school-fellows, John and Kit Wright, died in November 1605 when they were caught with other conspirators at Holbeche House in Staffordshire.

Then, in January 1606, Guy Fawkes himself was put to death in Westminster by hanging, drawing and quartering. His remains were sent to the four corners of the Kingdom as a warning to other plotters.

Remember, Remember...

4 Comments CherryPie on Jun 9th 2018

Wedding photo

A day out at Haddon Hall followed by ‘Fine Dining’ on the patio.

Haddon Hall

My creation

Anniversary Celebration

16 Comments CherryPie on Jun 6th 2018

Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum

A 28 year old man, Lucius Duccius Rufinus, from Viennes in France died in Eboracum after a career as the standard bearer for the Ninth Legion. The soldier carrying the standard of the legion would have been a central target for the enemy.*

Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum

The army had its own specialist craftsmen. Tilers made floor and roof tiles stamped with the legion’s name and number. This one was fired in the legionary tilery next to the River Foss. Marked with LEG IX it was made by the Ninth Legion.*

Yorkshire Museum

Greek-inspired patterns and the spirits of the seasons decorated the floor of a large Eboracum residence. Although many other mosaics were discovered on the floors of this grand house, only this one survives.*

Even in small towns such as Catterick in North Yorkshire, influential artists and craftsmen provide the latest wall designs for their homes.*

Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Museum

* Information from sign boards next to the exhibits

6 Comments CherryPie on Jun 5th 2018

Apley Woods

Due to my walking challenge, I have been so focused on walking that I have not got around to gathering my thoughts to post about the places that I visited in York. They will be coming soon, but for now I am sharing some photographs from another walk, this time in Apley Woods.

After a little persuasion Mr C joined me for  a short Sunday afternoon stroll in the sunshine.

Apley Woods

Apley Pool

Apley Pool

Apley Pool

Woodland Walking

Apley Woods

Apley Woods

Apley Woods

Apley Woods

Apley Woods

Later in the day we enjoyed fine dining on the patio.

Fine Dining

8 Comments CherryPie on Jun 4th 2018

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