I haven’t done well with the project during the early hours, and I am a week late with this time slot, but last weekend I was called in to look after my three English grandchildren whilst their mother (my daughter) was whisked off to Bruges for a romantic weekend. Whilst there the opportunity for a post for the project presented itself when I was rudely awakened between the hours of 6 – 7 am due to three factors:
Aircraft – my daughter lives on one of the flight-paths to/from Heathrow. Fortunately it is not one of the busiest flight-paths and the planes are still quite high at this stage. But when you are not used to this it is quite noticeable.
The not-quite son-in-law’s alarm clock. Set to 6:15 am so even if I could ignore the planes, the incessant buzzing of the alarm pulled me from the depths of sleep. No matter what buttons I pressed I could NOT stop that damn alarm from operating.
Birds. Not just any birds. My daughter’s neighbour runs his own zoo. Or at least it seems like it. In addition to the chickens he has always kept, there are now white fan-tail doves coo-cooing away and an aviary containing cockatiels, parakeets and other screeching, squawking flying objects that start their day around 6:45 am.
Because it was warm and I always like fresh air, the bedroom windows were open. On Saturday and Sunday though, when the alarm went off I got up and closed the windows so that the noisy bird squawks were slightly dulled, so I suppose the alarm was useful in one respect. As for the children. No problem.
When the happy pair returned I was asked whether I’d be willing to child-mind again – “of course”, says I nonchalantly, “once you have moved.”
Do you have any noisy neighbours?
Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind has decided to run a different project over the next 24 weeks. To try to show what is happening in different parts of the world (if you all join in) at a particular time of day. If you would like to participate you have until next Saturday midnight to post a photo or write about what is happening in your part of the world. This week is between 06:00 – 07:00. I hope you’ll join in! See links for more details.
If you read about my recent visit to the delightful Weald town of Cranbrook you will have seen my reference to St Dunstan’s church which is known as the ‘Cathedral of the Weald’. Wealth from the cloth industry enabled successive enlargements of the medieval church in the 15th and 16th century.
This delightful church is well worth a more detailed look around, so let’s go inside.
Around the church are information panels providing details about particular interesting objects within.
This font is Victorian from 1852, and example of early Victorian Gothic and made of Caen stone. The white marble carved figure behind commemorates Thomas Webster, an artist, and the Alexander Window above was installed by Col Alexander in memory of his wife and three children.
The Green Man
Although of pagan origin it is not unusual to find carvings of the Green Man inside a Christian church, even Canterbury Cathedral has 80 of them. When this church was built Cranbrook was surrounded by dense forest – the Weald. Four circular oak shields depicting these fierce-looking woodland spirits can be found here.
Royal Coat of Arms
Candelabra from 1700
Total Immersion Font
The church contains some splendid stained-glass windows
Birth of Christ
The St Thomas Chapel
This beautiful serene corner of the church is named after St Thoma a Beckett, who by the 15th century had replaced St Dunstan as England’s most popular saint. I loved the light flooding through the clear leaded windows.
The South Porch
The South Porch
Carved Green Man
This porch was built around 1390. The wooden door added in 1569 at a cost of 17 shillings and 7 pence (£2k today). On the ceiling is a stone-carved Green Man.
And a final look at the church surrounded by the old graveyard with interesting headstones.
If your interest is windows then Dawn from ‘The Day After’ invites participants to post pictures of any windowsthat they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story.
Analogy: 1. [n] similarity in some respect between things that are otherwise dissimilar: “the operation of a computer presents an interesting analogy to the working of the brain”.
The Reliquary of St Eustace dates from AD 1210. This relic can be found in the British Museum and is supposed to hold the skull of a Christian saint called St Eustace. The headband is set with precious stones.
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Head of St Eustace
The Feathers Hotel was built during the reign of James I. It has a three-bay plan, with bays which are moulded and carved mullions and transoms, with cast diamond glazing.
I know why I have selected these two images for this challenge, but I’d like to know what do they say to you?