I did not realize I have such a large family. After only having mum, dad and the boys for so many years it is delightful to get to know my extended family - up to third cousins on my dad's side. Of course this has led to a lot of visiting, lunches and dinners. Little time for sightseeing, walking nor taking care with my eating habits. Oh I promise to get back into the groove again! We had a Rammoli night with buffet dinner and lots of snacks. One night was at my auntie Chris's for a lovely dinner with her son Nick. She made a delicious steak and mushroom pie and even spelled my name with pastry on the top. The next night it was off to the local carvery for a girl's night out with aunts Joan and Chris, cousins Geraldine and Jane as well as third cousin Isabelle who has just turned sixteen and she is an absolute doll, such a ray of sunshine - I may steal her and bring her back to Canada with me! Friday night Geraldine and her husband Harry took me to their local pub and then back to their place for a lasagna dinner - well I can only say I am eating much more than I did in China! It has been so interesting listening to my aunts and uncles talk about the war and what they endured with evacuations and bombings. Having to leave their homes for bomb shelters and when they return their homes were no longer there. How lucky we are to come from a country and generation who has not had to experience this kind of horror!
An imitation Arthurian Round Table hangs in the Great Hall. The table was originally constructed in the 13th century, and repainted in its present form for Henry VIII; around the edge of the table are the names of King Arthur's knights.
Well the spire is certainly impressive from the outside.. However we found the inside to be a bit of a hodge podge and less impressive especially the donated wooden chairs on steel frames took away from the ambience of such a grand cathedral. This is also the home to the best preserved of four surviving original Magna Carta sealed by king John in 1215. Written in abbreviated Medieval Latin on vellum (calfskin), the document set down for the first time the relationship between the King and his subjects and their rights. The Magna Carla's significance in the democratic world today, inspiring documents from the United States constitution to the universal declaration of Human Rights.
As for the clock we could not see it as the face is missing and only the mechanics are still in place - so much for the world's oldest clock!
The church farm was a large farm in the village - the land has been sold off and a developer built cottages (more like homes than cottages as we think of cottages in north america) on the previous farmland. This is now the fate of many farms in the UK.
A walk around the village this morning.
The vicker going to the parish for mass
Local Pub -1500 pubs in the UK have closed down over the last couple of years due to no smoking inside pubs as well as stricter drinking and driving laws.
Joe and Janet's back yard. On the other side of the wall is a graveyard!