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Monday, 27 November 2017

Wingham Scarecrow Festival 2017

As mentioned in my last blog, the pretty village of Wingham held their 'Scarecrow Trail' earlier this year, I was very lucky that I was able to visit the event as I only found out about it on the day it was on.

The Aliens have landed :)

Dougal and Florence from the Magic Roundabout :)

As with my previous visits, the Scarecrows were amazing, Wingham is a lovely village, well worth visiting at any time, but is definitely enhanced by the Scarecrows :)

The Churchyard had been decorated by the children of the village, with various scenes showing the animals that went on the Ark

Noah and his wife

The lovely Ark :)

And Tigger went too!

Fantastic Mr Fox

'I'm Late, I'm Late' the White Rabbit disappearing down the Rabbit Hole, I really loved this one :D

And here he is again, before he went down that hole :)

Alice and the Cheshire Cat, from Alice in Wonderland.

The King of Hearts, a tiny man compared the The Queen of Hearts below, but he is still smiling, he is obviously not scared that he might lose his head!!

'Guards, off with her head'

The Walrus and the Carpenter.

The Mad Hatter complete with a jam tart :D

Mr Badger and Ratty from The Wind in the Willows.

Tom and Jerry still fighting over the cheese, just lovely :)

Harry Potter playing Quidditch put in an appearance too.

Minions taking a break from the hectic day.

Peeping over a fence :)

The BFG, he really was big :)

and look what he had in his hand!

Finally just a very pretty little scarecrow making sure everyone had a lovely time :)

Friday, 13 October 2017

Wingham near Canterbury, Kent

Wingham is a lovely little village half way between Sandwich and Canterbury, the main road goes straight through the village, but it is a village that deserves to be explored on foot. Earlier this year I went out to Wingham to see the bi-annual Scarecrow event, which I will blog about next time. 

The sundial above the main entrance to the Church 

While I was there I visited the lovely church of St. Mary the Virgin, which was open to provide tea and lovely cakes for the Scarecrow hunters. I had never been in the Church before, it is just lovely :)

Looking towards the Altar.

The 15th Century reredos situated behing the Altar.

Looking towards the back of the Church, notice the wooden pillars on the left hand side, unlike the stone arches on the right. 
The wooden pillars were put into the Church in the 16th Century, when a local brewer raised money for the repair of the nave, then absconded with the money! The chestnut posts were used at that time as they were obviously a lot cheaper than replacing the arches in stone.

The photos above and below are of the Oxenden Monument, which commemorates the Oxenden famiy, dating from 1682. 

A closer look at the 'putti' or cherubs at the base of the obelisk.

The beautiful wooden roof.

A very unusual, but very effective 'stained glass' type window, made by the children of the village :)

This beautiful old house opposite the Church I believe used to be the home of Paul Hollywood, the Great British Bake Off judge and his wife. 

The Red Lion pub.

Just a bit further along is the Dog Inn, a grade 2 listed building.

As I was primarily in the village for the Scarecrow trail I only took a few photos of the Church and the beautiful medieval buildings opposite. I need to go back sometime when the scarecrow trail is not on, to explore the Church and village more thoroughly :)

Monday, 28 August 2017

Rochester Castle

We visited Rochester Castle on the same day as we visited Rochester Cathedral - a Castle and a Cathedral in one day, wonderful :)

The keep from the Castle Gardens.

Rochester Castle was built in the 12th Century, it holds a strategic position on the River Medway in Kent, with its beautiful keep overlooking the shipping travelling up and down the River. The Keep is the best preserved stone keep in England or France.

Looking down to the lower levels of the building.

Norman arches.

The Castle has been under siege twice since it was built, and a fire in the 13th Century had a great effect on the castle, with many of the buildings in the Bailey not being rebuilt. The Castle went into a long decline, with the Bailey eventually being opened as a Public Garden in 1870.

Looking down...

...and looking up :)

Looking down from roof level, the netting is there probably to stop birds getting inside.

The Keep itself is 125 feet high, built  of Kentish Ragstone, with finely dressed Caen stone window surrounds, and corner stones. The building has been roofless since the 16th Century, Joist holes in the walls show the original floor levels, and remains of fireplaces and internal windows can still be seen.

The Cathedral as seen from the Castle, which shows how close the two buildings are.

One of the roof walkways.

You can see the steeple of the Cathedral in this photo :)

It is thought that the principal state rooms were situated on the 2nd floor, with store rooms below, and private chambers above. 

Looking down on the Castle Gardens with the River Medway in the background.

The Castle Gardens as seen from the roof of the Keep. This area was the Bailey of the original castle, and would have had various buildings on it.

Another view of the River Medway, showing part of the Curtain Wall and maybe some remains of the buildings which once stood on the site.