Netley Abbey, abbots and priests, who’s watching who? – first published 21 June 2014

My Sunday walk in mid June 2014 wasn’t turning out quite how I planned. A visit to Netley Abbey wasn’t what I’d expected at all and, just when I thought I’d seen everything, I turned a corner and found another intriguing building. What I was really supposed to be doing was walking the Hamble Rail Trail but this seemed too interesting to miss.  Continue reading Netley Abbey, abbots and priests, who’s watching who? – first published 21 June 2014

back to the drawing board – first published 6 November 2013

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The first week of November 2013 seemed to be nothing but rain.  It meant I was not getting much in the way of exercise and I was really missing my walk to work but it seemed slightly silly to get soaked, especially as it would mean sitting in wet clothes all day. There was frustration too, waiting for a call about the job I’d interviewed for twice. Apparently a watched phone never rings. Continue reading back to the drawing board – first published 6 November 2013

Salisbury cathedral, a slight case of sensory overload

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29 July 2015

When we got inside the cathedral one of the first things we noticed was another of the strange, colourful knights, this was smaller than the first. Something about it felt very familiar and, when I spotted a whole row of them behind him, I realised what it was. this was a sculpture trail like our very own rhinos. Later Googling told me it was called the Baron’s Charter Trail, set up by the Trussell Trust and Wild in Art to celebrate eight hundred years of Magna Carta. It started on 12 June and ends on 6 September. If only I’d known earlier I’d have done some research and we could have gone hunting. Continue reading Salisbury cathedral, a slight case of sensory overload

St Michael’s Square, walking back in time

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1 June 2015

After the Norman Conquest, when the French came to live in Southampton, they worshiped in a church dedicated to the patron saint of Normandy, St Michael. That church still stands today. At the point where French Street becomes Castle Way there is an alleyway leading to Bugle Street and St Michael’s Square. To me this always feels like the place when today meets yesterday with a modern building on one side and the stone wall of the church on the other. CJ and I walked down this alley heading for coffee and, at the other end, it was like walking back in time. Continue reading St Michael’s Square, walking back in time