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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!
Friday, 20 January 2017
Saturday, 14 January 2017
The Temple Church is one of the oldest churches in London. It was built by the Knights Templar and the round church dates back to 1120. The Templars were an order of crusading monks founded to protect the pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. The Temple Church was their headquarters in England and was designed to be similar to the circular church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Walk inside and you can't help but be impressed.
Cast of the effigy of King John (1166-1216). The original effigy is in Worcester Cathedral.
|The Temple Church|
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
In 1608 King James VI and I granted all the Templars' former land between Fleet Street and the River Thames to the societies of Inner and Middle Temple, two of London's Inns of Court. Every barrister in England and Wales must, to this day,still belong to one of the four Inns.
To Mark the 400th anniversary of this event a stained glass window was commissioned. It shows the scales of justice are suspended from the sword in the centre. Either side of the crown are the symbols from the Coat of Arms of James VI of Scotland and I of England: the three lions of England, the Scottish lion rampant, the Irish harp and fleur d'lys of France.
The left and right hand lights are the symbols of the two Inns.The Pegasus of the Inner Temple and the Lamb and Flag of the Middle Temple
The inscription states' Repaired and Beautified 1687'
The stone staircase takes you to an upper gallery where you have views of the nave.
The church was also used for the filming of Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code'
Friday, 13 January 2017
Sunday, 8 January 2017
|This weekend I was out on one of my Above the Underground walks when I came across this Vintage tea shop. It was my lucky day. I was ready for a sit down and I hot drink and noticed a sign outside the Questors theatre near Ealing Broadway tube station. Always keen to avoid the coffee shop chains this seemed an opportunity not to miss.|
Thursday, 5 January 2017
Monday, 2 January 2017
|Totes Meer (Dead Sea) 1940-1|
It was in 1967 that I first came across Paul Nash. I was on a school trip from Manchester visiting the galleries and Museums of London when I saw this painting in the Tate. For some reason the image stayed with me, possibly because we were studying the war poets at the time. I would never have imagined looking at that painting fifty years ago that it would be a turning point in my life. After that school trip I decided I wanted to study in London and have access to its numerous art galleries. I didn't study art as originally planned but trained to be a Physical Education teacher. However, I still very much enjoy visiting London's art galleries.