Hexham Abbey

Two abbeys in one day, but this one is very lively and interesting to visit:


During today’s journey over the Moors we stopped off to visit the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Rievaulx.  It is very beautiful in spite of Henry V111 with much to explore and a very good visitors’ centre.


Railway to Whitby

Today’s adventure took us on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby.  Here are some pictures of our train, the view over the harbour, the famous ruined Abbey and Captain Cook’s monument – he lived and worked in Whitby:


We are currently visiting some of the National Parks in the north of England.  This afternoon we are at Pickering , the gateway to the Yorkshire Moors with a view to taking the steam railway to Whitby tomorrow.

Today as well as enjoying some glorious homemade ice cream we explored the parish church and its famous wallpaintings from the 1450s.  Apparently the best in the country.  Here are some of them.  The quality is amazing :


St.Catherine and her wheel of torture.


The martyrdom of St.Edmund


Christ harrowing hell


Christ’s resurrection

We explored some of the hidden gardens at the heart of Hadleigh but we spent most time sitting in the sensory garden at the URC and also enjoying the displays inside the church.


We went to Norwich in order to see English Touring Opera’s productions of Tosca & Patience. They were both stunning performances and equally enjoyable in their very different ways.  Tosca was satisfyingly dramatic and Patience ridiculously funny.  Following a good Saturday of shopping we worshipped at Princes Street URC close by the beautiful Elm Hill and met up with old friends and made new ones.  Revd. Ian Fosten in the photo, led the service for Pentecost Sunday.


More Flowers

After our spectacular spring garden we are now producing some lovely summer flowers: