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Today’s journey took us from the Lake District into Lancashire to a hotel near Burnley.  On the way we not only visited the only other Downham outside Essex, but also crisscrossed Pendle Hill on many delightful rural roads.  The photos are of St.Leonards Church at Downham, with which David has many associations and memories of exchange visits.  The final photo is of the unforgettable toilets made from pigsties, but alas I have so far been unable to post it..

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After breakfast at the Glenridding Hotel we set off on the steamer Raven to do the trip down Ullswater to Pooley Bridge and back.  Because we did the round trip we were entitled to half price on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. This meant an exciting drive over the Kirkstone Pass followed by even more hairy drives over the Wrynose and Hardnot Passes.  Arriving at the station we missed the train by a hairsbreadth.  It pulled out as we arrived.  However another soon followed and after an enforced cream tea, we made the trip to Ravenglass and back in the little open sided train.  We enjoyed the profusion of foxgloves along the way.

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We reluctantly left Holy Island and travelled in and out of Scotland  making our way to the Lake District.  We stopped briefly at the Watermillock National Trust picnic site before arriving at Glenridding Hotel.  We investigated her address and found Anthea Kaan’s lovely bungalow on the lower slopes of Hellvelyn.  She entertained us to tea and then joined us at the hotel for dinner.  We had a great time getting to know her better and hearing her stories about her family, her churches and her life with Fred.  Thank you Anthea for sharing so much with us.  We really enjoyed our time with you yesterday.

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Another day of services,  Eucharist in the Parish Church this morning  and this afternoon Choral Evensong with the choir of Hexham Abbey.  In between some more exploration, another cream tea for lunch and amazing food at the hotel, including fish and chips specially made for David.  We listened to the singing sands between the island and the mainland

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Cuthbert’s Funeral Procession

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His coffin lid.

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Flowers in St.Mary’s for the festive weekend.

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Flowery border outside St.Mary’s parish church.

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This morning after prayers with Sylvia at St.Cuthbert’s URC Church, we shopped at Celtic Crafts, The Lindisfarne Scriptorium and the Mead Shop.  After a cream tea lunch and a rest we attended the Roman Catholic annual pilgrimage, the Apostolate of the Sea, their mass in the Anglican Church of St.Mary.  There were some three hundred people.

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Castle view from our window.

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Bamburgh Castle across the water

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Piper leading the final procession.

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St.Aiden just outside our window.

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Arch into the ruined Priory

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The rainbow arch.

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We had a good look at Bamburgh Castle on our way through the village before we reached Holy Island, Lindisfarne across the causeway:

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We allowed ourselves enough time on this leg of the journey to visit Cragside, the Armstrong house famous for being the first to be lighted and run with electricity.  The power came from a turbine operated by water power from the stream coming down beside the house from the crag into which the house is built.  The house is surrounded by huge trees and extensive woodland.  The interior is full of original Victorian furniture and decor, but is restrained and discrete with countless bedrooms as well as superb rooms for entertaining.  Several generations of Armstrongs lived here.  It is now managed by the National Trust:

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