OK so it didn’t blanket the ground as it melted before it hit there but it snowed! Hopefully Steve has some good pics from work where it did make it to the ground. I was so excited that I made our flatmate come downstairs from the 3rd floor to watch it out our front door. I would say if he didn’t think we were odd before then this has clinched the deal for him. 🙂
Can’t explain how excited I was!!!!!!!! I have video as well so will post that as well from my new Youtube account. Thanks Xavier, you inspired me on that one!
Went out walking the other day and bumped into Carey so we decided to go for a stroll.
Did you know: Carey Grant was born in Horfield, Bristol in 1904. His real name was Archibald Leach, he was married 5 times, has 1 daughter and died of a brain hemorrhage in 1986 (hmmm that would make it hard for me to go walking with him then, wondered why we didn’t get far). Ian Fleming is said to have modelled the James Bond character with Cary Grant in mind.
I took the opportunity to visit Ledbury on Thursday. Situated about 1.5 hours north of Bristol it is a small town in Herefordshire. I have since discovered that the area was home to Elizabeth Barrett Browning (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”) poetess.
Although a rainy day I could instantly see that there was lots to see. However, nothing would open until 9.30am and I was in great need of a coffee. During my brief stay there I investigated the All Angels church which has a magnificent timber roof inside. The town is full of Elizabethan and Georgian architecture. I have decided I quite like Georgian for its definate lines and uniformity. Steve prefers the Elizabethan (Tudor style) with the black beams and “leaning” effect.
Although there isn’t much here that is a “has to be seen” item it is a nice enough, friendly town with a good days worth of sites and walks.
The sequel to The Pillars of the Earth (one of my favourite books) this was an epic read comparable to Pillars. Written by Ken Follett I have been waiting for years for this book to come out and it did not disappoint. My only regret is that I have finished it. Believe me, I put it down for a day as I was nearing the end, just to avoid having to complete it.
Just like Pillars it is not a book for the faint hearted. It is often gruesome in a most graphical sense as it describes life in the 14th century. I believe that if it had been written in lesser tones this would have diminished the harsh and brutal reality of life during this time. The lives of simple peasants, earls, tradesmen, religious orders and merchants are played out in the town of Kingsbridge 200 years on from Prior Phillip, Tom, Jack, Aliena etc however family ties link new characters to the old. As the cathedral was built 200 years ago this book looks at further building projects undertaken within the town and with it yet again the struggles for power, control and love. The characters this time are also faced with the Black Death sweeping through Europe which brings another layer to the epic journey.
I continue to be fascinated with lifestyles of those in the middle ages and again this book brings this particular section of years to life. At 1111 pages it is a rollercoaster ride that you just don’t want to end. I will be re-reading this again and again just as I have done with Pillars over the years. 10 out of 10!