Saturday, 21 May 2011

Cartmel and Cumbria

A few photos of my recent visit to Cumbria.  As usual Blogger formatting is playing hard to get, so apologies.  The photos were uploaded in date order, but Blogger has seen fit to scatter them about and make tidying them back into a semblance something that would take all week.  So Cartmel appears all over the place.  I have captioned to act as a guide!

Cartmel interior
Bishop's chair

A Scarlet Lion

View from the roof
My talk at Cartmel Priory

Where we were staying

We saw lots of these

View from the cottage window

Wild violets in a hedgerow

Book Signing at Cartmel

Tea after my talk

Book signing

Different view of the gathering afterwards

Me at William's commemorative plaque

It rains a LOT in Cumbria

Ruins of Gleaston Castle

Bull in the field next to the ruined castle

Walking along the edge of coastal saltmarsh in the rain   

Another pic of the salt marshes

Shamrocks in Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest
More Grizedale

Grizedale in the cloud

A thoughtful Pip at Elterwater
Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge

Elterwater to Skelwith Bride

Skelwith Brige

Back to Cartmel as a tourist
William Marshal's banner hanging over the pulpil

14thC misericord in the Choir
Carved pillar in the Choir

Another misericord
original arches from the Marshal period

Shrine to local people killed while protecting Cartmel

The author in civvies

The bells
Rydall Water
View from near the cottage
Taz and Jack at Wastwater
The sea at St. Bees

Cliff path at St Bees

St Bees with Sellafield in the far distance

Coastal path
Cottage at night
Head on the barn door.

Gorse in bloom St Bees Head


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  2. Great photos! Cartmel is indeed a beautiful place and so wonderful that it still honours sir William! As for the rest of the week, shame it rained but it all still looks stunning - especially where you were staying. Hope that you and the boys (R included) had a great time x

  3. Beautiful photography and wonderful subject matter.

    Looking at the misericord with the mermaid: Is that a comb or a book in her right hand? What is the orb about? I visited an Irish church with a mermaid carving, which was believed to be a representation of St. Bridget/Brid, actually a pagan holdover into the pantheon of saints. The mermaid also reminded illiterate believers of the missionary voyages of St. Columba.

  4. Looking at Grizdale forest I can imagine being back in time - it looks so empty and magical. Hope to get there one day but will have to pick a time of year when it's dry, I guess.

  5. It's a comb Christy - I'm sure there's plenty of symbolism involved, but I don't knhow what.
    Charmaine, picking a dry time of year in the Lake District is a real case of Russian Roulette. You just never know! It's naturally wet a lot of the time...
    Jules, I have an interesting story to tell you about Cartmel next time we get together!

  6. I love these pictures! What a gorgeous place. Although that forest looks all kinds of wrong for a forest - no gum trees or lyrebirds.