Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Meet the Gran Kids, four legged and webbed feet kind.

Alex the Donkey

Alex blocks my way into the chicken house. You will give me something first even though I have a whole field of grass to eat! no arguing with that then.

 Sarron waits eagerly for his walk

Do hurry up with all this food an water malarky on the field. I want to go and chase the rabbits.


Want me to do a backflip? roll over? do the dying fly act? give us a biscuit then and I will.
Three of the six ducks

Right when she comes in here to open the gate you get the left foot, I`ll get the right and you can go straight for the backside.

I call this one Brenda

The boss hen of the six I call her Brenda after a boss I once had who got her feathers ruffled easily.

Toggsie the goat

Trouble this one should have been called he likes nothing better than to wreck the chicken and duck houses given a chance. He is a right character and very funny to watch.

There was a worm there I saw it

Alex in a bad mood

Time for a dip

I am in Wales looking after my son Mark and daughter-in-laws Dawns lovely home and animals while they are away for a few days. 

The sun is shining today and last night as I walked the dogs I saw a stunning sunset.


The views are lovely around here and it is easy to get used to the quiet of the countryside.

View from the lane just outside


Must go and walk the dogs now though so I can ignore the countryside and watch the Olympics.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Salisbury Cathedral home to the Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is so beautiful it is hard to begin to describe it the towering steeple is the highest in the country. The work involved in the creation of the cathedral is awesome and makes you admire every person who has ever worked on it. It costs £6.50 to go into the Cathedral which is a much more realistic cost than the painfull £15.50 to enter St Pauls in London. 

Fabulous Stained Glass Windows

The Cathedral dates from the 12C and in its Chapel House is one of only four remaining original Magna Cartas from the 12C. Kept for seven hundred years in the dark vaults of the Cathedral the  Magna Carta is in remarkable condition.  No photography is allowed understandably but the Magna Carta is a single sheet of wide paper with Latin writing. The writing is tiny and was painstakingly written using quill pens and sap and soot as ink. The lines of writing are amazingly straight and a ruler must have been used to guide such accurate work. It is protected by dense dark boards and sits in glass behind these board so no sunlight can damage this fragile piece of history. You can see finger marks were once it was carelessly handled and the informed volunteers tell you its interesting tale.

Arches in the Cathedral

Arches wander through the Cathedral holding up its magnificent roof and steeple but also creating a beautiful never ending effect within.

Organ pipes

The organ pipes are as fat as lamposts and a modern cross has been added to the front. Mixing new things within the Cathedral is a nice touch it feels like the newer generations are having a say in the amazing place.

Part of the Outside Walls

The hierarchy of kings, Popes, Angels and the Holy family march up the outside entrance wall.  The Cathedral is so big this photo only shows one third of the wall. 

An inner garden square

There is a lovely garden square within the Cathdral that tempts you to spend some time in its quite splendour.

The Garden Square

It is a honour to visit such a place but as I admire the work and forsight that created it I am touched by the human suffering that it would also have cost. I cannot imagine that poor people who weren`t skilled craftsmen got a good wage for their backbreaking labour.

Flags for Memories

Admiring the Marble Statues 

One of the many tombs within the Cathedral this one dates from the 14C

A wall plaque from the 16C

Stonehenge - A Magical Place

The Magical Stonehenge

A few months ago I booked two rooms in a travelodge two miles away from Stonehenge. The rooms cost £23.50 for a twin room and we planned to visit Salisbury one day then an overnight stay and visit to Stonehenge. We booked a Sunday night as it was the most economical option at a little under £12 per person. The Amesbury travelodge was quiet and comfortable and alongside sat a `Little Chef` and a Petrol station. Taking a cool bag with sandwiches etc, flask and plenty of teabags we were set for a cost effective trip. Travelling from Hertforshire took just under two hours to Salisbury.


The National Trust now has responsibility for this magnificent world heritage site. The huge ancient stones can be seen free from the fenced roadside but to get a closer look pay the entrance fee which includes parking for £7.80.  If you are a member of the National Trust entrance is free. As you walk around the site just feet away from the stones listen to the commentary on the headphones provided. You will hear how the stones were brought from South Wales over two hundred miles away.


A small low chain marks the pathway around the Stonehenge circle and allows everyone a close view of the staggering size of the stones.  How they were hauled such a long way and assembled with precision is one of the ancient wonders to ponder as you roam around.

The Moody Stonehenge

The weather was moody for us today and we were glad the rain held its rage long enough for us to take some photo`s. The park was busy with plenty of coaches and cars parked in the large parking area. A shop, cafe and ice-cream stall share space with the entrance area but don`t impose on the heritage site.


My son Anthony enjoyed our visit to Stonehenge and as a vastly superior photographer than me I hope to end up with a few of his excellent photo`s.