Wednesday, 20 June 2012

St Pauls Cathedral - to pricey to visit.

I went to St Paul's Cathedral today hoping to do the touristy bit and wander about maybe even take a few snaps and gaze at the statues.

Up the steps I went which always make me think of the film Mary Poppins because of the song `feed the birds twopence a bag`. The old lady sits on the steps of St Paul's as she sings and feeds the pigeons.  Well twopence might feed the birds but it certainly won`t get you into St Paul's  they charge £15.00! to walk in the door. I really could not believe it £15.00 per adult now that is a lot of money to walk into a church. You are not allowed to take photo`s either why not I can`t imagine. Just say no photos in the dome surely that is enough.

I have paid a reasonable £5.00 to go into Chester Cathedral but at least I could take a photo. St Albans beautiful Cathedral is free and again photos are allowed.
The stone walls and arches are hardly going to be damaged by cameras and any fragile painting are usually now in the art gallery. The damage of counters set up to take money, ropes to guide the queue, staff to ensure you are not sneaking through the no entry sign, railings carrying signs of no photos allowed, and locked doors are obviously acceptable.

I shall go back one Sunday evening for the church service and hope I am not charged then to knee in prayer.

I decided to protest with my feet and refused to pay the entrance fee and sat in the sun in the small Cathedral garden with the local office workers having their lunch. 

The general idea of Boris Johnson and Co that as long as prices are under £20 that is acceptable shows a total disregard for people on minimum wages. Including paying tax you would need to work 4 plus hours just to walk into St Pauls.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

House sitting in Wales

I have just spent a week in Wales looking after 6 ducks, 6 chickens, Alex the donkey, Toggsie the goat, Sarron the German Shepard dog and Robbie the great dane. 

I have slipped around in the mud in the rain lashed field. Chased the birds from the allotment and watched the goat follow after a pheasant up onto the roof of the stable.

the water babies

One of the chickens was an egg lifter, she would steal all the other eggs and try to hatch them. 
Seven I found under her, nobody has ever told this chicken you need a rooster to have chicks! In a fit of annoyance at me she scarpered into the duck house and would not come out.


Sarron is totally adorable but greets each morning with a hyper run around the drive preferably with my shoe in his mouth.
 Then refuses to leave my side for the day. Robbie the dane likes to chase rabbits only problem is I am at the other end of the lead.

 Try and get him into his kennel and he does the dying fly act on the patio, now a three year old child having a tantrum I can handle. You can`t just pick up a dane though so its coax with the biscuit, oh please the patience you need. No don`t want that biscuit! try another, then quickly lock the kennel door before said biscuit is woofed.

Alex and Toggie

Look cute these two don`t they well they are both bigger than they look in the picture and toggie the goat eats anything.  That includes your clothes so don`t take off your fleece and leave it on the wheelbarrow as you clean out the stable. This goat is the biggest, swiftest hoover I have ever seen.

  Alex won`t let you out of the chicken run unless you give him the bucket that has had the chicken food in. He will stand sideways against the door so you can`t get past him. 

They are wonderful characters and I have great fun and a free gym when I go Wales to look after my son and daughter-in-laws place. It makes me appreciate eggs in boxes in the supermarket.


Castles and Walks in Wales