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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, 11 March 2016

Motorway reflections


This is the church of the Holy Cross and St Lawrence, Waltham Abbey in Essex. The church has served the community for fourteen centuries. There have been several churches on the site over the years. The present building dates from the 12th cent. In the late Middle Ages Waltham was one of the largest churches in England and was a place of pilgrimage.



It was the last religious community to be closed in 1540 during Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.












Ruins of the 14th cent gatehouse of the Augustinian Abbey. Built in 1369 of stone and bricks the gateway formed the main entrance to the abbey precinct. The large archway was for wheeled traffic and the smaller one for pedestrians.


I was there very early one Sunday morning and enjoyed the surroundings. I must return at a different hour when the Abbey is open.











Legend has it that the Abbey is the burial site of King Harold, the last Saxon King who died in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. 








19 comments:

  1. That's making the best of sitting in a traffic jam!

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  2. Should've caught the train.

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  3. Oops! Bet you were on the M6 near Birmingham...horrible there.

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  4. Ugh. Two hours stationary? Clever of you finding something to occupy your time -- taking photos behind of what's happening behind you!

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  5. Stationary for 2 hours!!! Good Grief!!! Being back home in Tasmania for the past 10 years after living in Brisbane & Sydney on the "Big North Island" for many years, peak hour traffic is one thing I certainly don't miss. Although I've never experienced a 2 hour traffic jam.

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  6. I know it well, but have been spared recently. It always seems to stick between Stafford and Stoke? I hope you had some good sounds with you!

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  7. Oh my goodness - give me the country life!!

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  8. Stuck in traffic - but you used the opportunity for reflection shots.

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  9. A good way to spend the time. 2 hours wow that's bad.

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  10. That's terrible ! the worst I had was 4 h for 5 km !

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  11. Two hours, a horror, a waste of time those traffic jams.

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  12. Oh no..I hope that you had a book to read?

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  13. And I thought Seattle traffic was bad! That's a long time to be stalled in traffic. :-)

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  14. Oh is there anything worse than being stuck in traffic for hours, hope you weren't in a hurry :)

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  15. so much traffic, but you got some reflecting photos!

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  16. that don´t seem like any fun at all. :( Even if you got some pics.

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