815f – Whitby Abbey

16 Jun , 2018  

Whitby Abbey

It is great to get Alex in for free (using my English Heritage life membership) to see this iconic abbey. Again, Alex makes the most of the visit by listening to the audio tour. There are a few showers and it is breezy, but this adds to the dramatic location. We have a drink and […]

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810b – Hailes Abbey

14 Apr , 2018  

Hailes Abbey

The custodian is very chatty and entertaining, quite a character. We enjoy looking around the new museum which contains ceiling bosses, fragments from royal tomb effigies (it was patronised by Earl Richard of Cornwall, King of the Romans and brother to King Henry the Third), plus floor tiles, all very well displayed. There is still […]

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788d – Rievaulx Abbey

3 Aug , 2017  

Rievaulx Abbey

Thursday 3rd August begins with torrential rain, but it does change to sunshine and a warm breeze. After another super veggie breakfast we check out at 10.0am (£260 in total for accommodation, food and drinks, good value), and I enjoy the drive through the Dales back to Ripon and Thirsk. After a stop off at […]

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Abbey, House and garden, Walk

748h – Margam Country Park

18 Apr , 2016  

Margam Country Park

Margam Country Park is our final stop off for the weekend, arriving at noon. We concentrate on exploring the parts we missed last July when Alex and I first visited the place (ran out of time and the weather was terrible). It is rather nice to be able to see the surrounding landscape and hills. […]

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736 – Tintern Abbey

17 Dec , 2015  

Tintern Abbey December 2015

The day after the “Rebel Heart” Madonna concert which Alex sees with me in the NIA, Birmingham, I drive Alex home to Newport. We stop off for an hour to explore Tintern Abbey, something we’ve been meaning to do together for a long time. Sadly it begins to rain as we head into the abbey […]

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Abbey, Garden

723 – Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

8 Aug , 2015  

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Gardens

Another gloriously sunny day. After stopping off at Felixkirk to visit the family graves and enjoy a good pub meal at the “carpenter Arms” in the village, we head to Ripon to arrive at Fountains Abbey at 2.30pm. It is very busy but such a large site it easily absorbs the many visitors. We walk […]

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714a – Whitby Abbey

28 Jun , 2015  

Whitby with Emma, Jacqui and Neal, June 2015

A cloudier day and windy on the headland when we first arrive. We take Jacqui and Emma around the abbey museum and visitor centre first, then explore the remains of the abbey They are both impressed by the remains, the location and the long history of the site.

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680a – Selby Abbey

28 Dec , 2014  

Selby Abbey

  A cold frosty day, but very clear. I stop off at Selby on the journey back to the Midlands after my Christmas break in Scarborough. I join the Sunday Eucharist service for the last 10 minutes and I am then invited to join the congregation for a hot drink afterwards in the small tea […]