Tuesday, 2 September 2008

More pictures from Ludlow

I admit, I do struggle with the technology. I thought I'd put these pictures in with yesterdays post.
I did. I'm sure of it. Where did they go?
Well, I tried again and here they are but I'll do this quickly, in case they disappear again!
I haven't moved them, so they should all be 'clickable'. Don't understand how this works at all.

The top picture was taken in a particularly dark part of the forest. I loved the contrast with the colourful leaves.

Next, the wheat field taken on the way up to the forest. You can just see the combine harvester, left in the field when they stopped working at 10.30 the previous evening.

Then, over the top of the hill looking down into the lovely Mary Knoll valley.

The last picture shows the church at Hope Bagot. What a wonderful name! Imagine being able to say ' Oh yes, I live in Hope Bagot'. what fun.

The little church is very plain, with roses growing by the porch and a lovely Norman arch inside. The churchyard really did have the Magic, an enormous ancient Yew Tree (reckoned to be about 1500 - 2000 years old) which has been a sacred site since long before the church was built and lower down, underneath the roots, a Holy well. Not a sound to be heard except the tumbling water and Rowan hunting in the grass, well nothings perfect!

I'm sorry that this is so disjointed, I hope it makes sense.


Chris' Greetings from the Shady Grove said...

Your photos are so gorgeous. It sure does look like a magical place. There is a town in Iowa called "What Cheer". I've always been tempted to stop and see it.

annette emms said...

Chris - Thanks!
Wouldn't that be fun, you could send a postcard saying 'Having a lovely time in What Cheer'.x

Carol Stocker said...

Annette, your photos make me want so badly to be there. I never dreamed of coming to England until I met you and now I have added it to my "wish" list. :o) Hugs, Carol

sharon young said...

Lovely pics, Annette, and the church sounds amazing. We have a grove of Yew trees in the woods but the biggest, (Big John, to me ) is a mere baby at about 500 years old.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

What a beautiful place. I so enjoyed the photos on this post and last! Thanks for taking Edward along with you and Rowan! I only wish we could have followed you into the cake shop!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Annette I am always amazed at the countryside you live in.. I always hear that england is so crowded, but from the way you look at it.. it seems very rural, pastoral and expansive...

.. I have found that when I get myself occupied with things.... life goes on and I have much catching up to do... I really do enjoy your posts!! glad that we can all still see the things that are posted in days earlier.. Thank you my dear!!

lynne h said...

oh my goodness, annette... a yew tree that is 1500 - 2000 years old, with a holy well underneath?! the Magic must have been positively spouting out here!!! even with the sound of rowan hunting in the grass it must still have been perfect!

KernowWitch said...

Hi Annette, another lovely walk. It's makes me feel I'm there with you.....I have given your blog an Award, please pop over to the Hovel to get it...lol...Hugs Chrissy xx

Nan said...

The misty field, the view, the church are all exactly the England in my heart. Do people use the church? I heard a sad report recently about with church attendance so down, these old churches are suffering.

kate said...

Such calming images. Absolutely beautiful. I love plain churches. They are my favourites.

annette emms said...

Carol - Come on over! Think of the fun we'd have!

Sharon - those yew trees of yours must be amazing.
Have you seen the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire? That is estimated to be between 2000 and 5000 years old! The oldest living thing in Europe.(Bit like me!)

Pamela - Rowan says 'hi' to Edward! We enjoyed your company, come again!

Gwen - Thank you. These islands are crowded, getting more so every day!However, it never seems so to me. I think it's because I'm a country girl, I don't like towns so I seek out the wild places where the Magic still lives.
Fortunately there are still plenty of them to explore!
It's always a treat to have your company when I do.

Lynne - It was special,extra magic provided by a rare sunny afternoon!People had tied little ribbons in the branches to honour the tree and I wondered if it's the same idea as the tree flags you spoke about?
I'm afraid Rowan's training hasn't got to the respect of place or person stage, good thing she's cute!

Chrissy - glad your back!Thank you so much for the award, You're very kind and I appreciate it!
You're welcome to come along with us any time! We'll be in Cornwall in a week or so, could you arrange some fine weather?Take care.x

Nan - How lovely that England is in your heart, I love the old place too.
The small,rural churches do struggle sometimes (Hope Bagot is a thriving community)but most seem to manage.Perhaps, for example, having a service once a month. Some are looked after by what's called the Redundant Churches Fund, they're kept open and looked after by means of donations etc.
I'm often surprised by how vibrant some of the small rural congregations are and by the lovely welcome they give!

Kate - Mine too! I always feel more at home in a little country church. These places ooze atmosphere, wonderful!

lynne h said...

oh, ribbons on the yew tree!! yes, i'll bet it's a universal thing!! okay, just planetary... universal may be stretching it a bit. ; )

Ravenhill said...

Absolutely beautiful photos! (As always!) I know how it is with frustrations with technological things... Luckily my husband is less impaired in this departement!

Robyn said...

Beautiful photogtaphs. They make me want to climb on the first plane to Britain.

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh.... these photographs are just lovely, especially when I clicked for details. What a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing these... roxanne

annette emms said...

Lynne - Sacred trees all over the planet, that's a wonderful thought.

Emily - Thank you, you're very kind! I honestly think that anything I achieve with the camera is more luck than judgement!

Robyn - Bizarre! I was just reading your post and wanting to get on a plane to South Africa!I need some sun!

Roxanne - glad you liked them.It is beautiful here, but at the risk of boring everyone, I just wish it wasn't so wet!

tumbleweed said...

Hope Bagot sounds as though it ought to be just upstream from Badger's Drift and perhaps the next stop from Shudy Camps...

I live at Hope Springs, which very much lives up to its name...

Rima said...

How very lovely :)
I went to Ludlow once for the Medieval Fair and it was raining!