Monday, 31 October 2011

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Norfolk Birds

A couple of images from todays North Coast visit.



Tuesday, 18 October 2011


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Thursday, 6 October 2011

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Lavenham is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England. It is noted for its 15th century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk. In the medieval period it was among the 20 wealthiest settlements in England. Currently, it is a popular day-trip destination for British people from across the country.
Lavenham prospered from the wool trade in the 15th and 16th century, with the town's blue broadcloth being an export of note. During the 16th century Lavenham industry was badly affected by Dutch refugees settled in Colchester who produced cloth that was cheaper and lighter than Lavenham's, and also more fashionable.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul dominates Lavenham and is evidence of the vast wealth that was concentrated in this area of East Anglia during the Tudor period. The architect is thought to have been John Wastell, who built Great St Mary in Cambridge, which is very similar. The building is late perpendicular in its design and was probably not completed until 1530. The church contains five 15th century misericords featuring imagery such as composite creatures; one, half-woman, half beast playing a viol, and another, half-man with the hindquarters and tail of a beast, mimicking her by playing a pair of bellows with a crutch.

The church is closely connected with the merchant families of the town, who paid for its construction and upkeep for many years. The building is decorated with the coat-of-arms of the Spring and de Vere families, who were the principal donors for the church. A screen in the south aisle was possibly intended as a chantry chapel for the clothier Thomas Spourne, although his remains do not lie here.

Monday, 3 October 2011


Little Chapel, Guernsey.
A work of art and a labour of love, the Little Chapel is possibly the smallest chapel in the world. It was built by Brother Déodat who started work in March 1914. His plan was to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. Guardianship of the Little Chapel now rests with Blanchelande Girls College which is run by a Charitable Trust. The Little Chapel is beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china and the College has an ongoing programme of repairs and improvements.

In 1680 Jean-Baptiste de la Salle founded 'The Brothers of the Christian Schools', a religious fraternity of men devoted to the education of boys. The order flourished and by the early 20th century more than six thousand brothers were teaching in France.
In 1904 the French government passed anti-religious laws proscribing all religious schools. Thousands of religious left France to continue their work of vocation in exile. Thus it was that a group of de la Salle brothers arrived in Guernsey in June 1904 and acquired Les Vauxbelets (=the pretty little valleys). The brothers developed the estate and buildings. They constructed a large wooden hut, a stone building and a farm.

In December 1913 Brother Deodat (=given to God) arrived at Les Vauxbelets. When he saw the woody slope of land facing the valley he formed the idea of building a grotto like that at Lourdes. In March 1914 he built a tiny chapel, 9 feet long by 4.5 feet wide. This chapel was criticised and so Brother Deodat spent the following night demolishing the building. Thus ended the first chapel.

Brother soon set to work again and in July 1914 the grotto was completed and officially blessed. Not long afterwards he built a little chapel which measured 9 feet by 6 feet. This survived until September 1923; Brother Deodat demolished it in that month because the Bishop of Portsmouth had not been able to pass through the doorway. Thus ended the second chapel

In 1939 Brother Deodat returned to France because of ill health. After his departure the care of the Little Chapel was entrusted to Brother Cephas, who continued to decorate the building until his retirement in 1965. The building lacked necessary maintenance for several years until, in 1977, a committee was established to restore the chapel. The foundations were stabilised and the roof renovated. Much was accomplished but the work of conservation and restoration is never ending.

Brother Deodat soon set about the construction of a third chapel - which we see today. The building operation proved laborious. Day after day he collected pebbles and broken china to decorate the shrine. Then suddenly the Little Chapel became famous, thanks to an illustrated article in the Daily Mirror. Islanders brought coloured china to Les Vauxbelets; the Lieutenant-Governor offered a remarkable mother-of-pearl; presents poured in from around the world.

Les Vauxbelets was home to several different schools during the course of the 20th century. Initially the brothers ran an agricultural college, in conjunction with their farm, where they taught crafts and skills for use on the land as well as academic subjects. Either side of World War Two this evolved into a successful boys' college and when that had to close the buildings were used as a language school which received groups of students from the continent.

In 1999 Brother Christantian, who was by then in the 86th and final year of his life and who was faced with the prospect of having to sell the site, had the vision and inspiration to offer it to Blanchelande Girls' College on a long term lease. He firmly believed that this was God's will and it provided Blanchelande with the permanent home it had been seeking.

Nuns had run Blanchelande College at a site in the parish of St. Martin's since 1902 but when the Sisters of Mercy left in 1992 the school was re-established at a temporary home in Rosaire Avenue, St Peter Port.


A lovely few days relaxing in Guernsey visiting old haunts from over the years. A beautiful part of the Channel Islands with something for everybody.

Sunset with swimmers in the bay at Grand Roques, Guernsey

L'Ancresse Bay in Guernsey
L'Ancresse Bay is a wide and flat beach which is one of the biggest bays on the island. With deep sand, the water is perfect for windsurfing, surfing, sailing, sea kayaking and even fishing if you wish.
This Fungi was growing on the edge of the Rifle range.

St Michel du Valle, known locally simply as 'Vale Church' is an inclusive church of moderate Catholic tradition of the Church of England. Vale Church has been witnessing to the Christian faith and serving the people of the Vale for 1000 years. We recognise that everyone, irrespective of age, colour, gender, marital status, sexuality, nationality, disability or background, is loved and valued by God.