One morning during our August 2005 trip to England while of walking into the Bristol Temple Station to board an ordinary train we noticed a vintage steam train readying to depart on an excursion. My husband, the train fan, decided we should hang around and watch the old-timer take off.
Time to share another scrapbook page. I pulled a red binder off my shelf and found memories of an August 2005 trip to England. My husband was on a mission to see a number of cathedrals and while there are tons of pictures of them I enjoyed taking shots of the landscape while we traveled mile after mile on trains. These photos include some crops being harvested. I could not figure out what the crop was. If you know, or have an educated guess I am interested in learning.
I’ll be posting more pages from this particular trip in the weeks to come. Until then…
Here are two scrapbook pages from an October 2009 day in Bury St. Edmunds:
After arriving by train we spent some time inside the St Edmundsbury Cathedral followed by a pleasant stroll around the Abbey Gardens.
There photos were taken in 1999. The Road Train that takes you to the National Railway Museum from Duncombe Place (next to York Minster) gets you into the mood.
A historic logo -
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Making plans when you travel can help you get the most out of your trip. Then again the things you come across accidentally can be the most enjoyable aspects of a day. When we took a bus to Tewkesbury, England we had two nice surprises:
Surprise # 1 – this lovely little shop.
Surprise # 2 - there was an adult choir festival taking place at the Abbey so we were able to listen to rehearsal. We also decided to skip whatever it was we had planned for the rest of the day so we could stay for an afternoon performance/service.
Some form of an English peers’ robe may originate back to the end of the 14th century. The ceremonial robes made of crimson silk velvet, trimmed with white ermine & rows of black sealskin spots date back at least to 1614. It looks like the robes below have 3 rows of spots, or perhaps 2 1/2 rows. That would mean that the robes belong to an Earl or perhaps a Viscount. A Baron would only have 2 rows of spots, while a Duke would rate 4 full rows.
Carlisle Castle sits on the northern border of England. When it was first built this region, called Cumberland, was still considered a part of Scotland. The intention was to claim the area for England, and later it was used to protect the north of England against the continued threat of invasion from Scotland. We toured the castle on a damp and dreary day that aided the imagination as to what a harsh place it must have been for guards and prisoners (including Mary Queen of Scots) alike. I would not want to be an Englishman manning these cannons or a Scottish raider with them aimed at me. My heritage on my father’s side is mainly Scottish but there is a good deal of English blood on my mother’s side. I am quite sure none of ancestors, however, hailed from these region. Good for them & probably for me.