My penultimate photo for the five day black and white challenge is close to home. In celebration of its history, Heavitree, my local area had a seating area created a few years ago, and when this young oak tree was planted, it was enclosed by a poem!
‘up tree up
sky remains sky earth remains earth
here we are human betwixt and between
sing pretty maids all in a row in a row
and pretty maids all in a row
the droves of kine and wide herds of goats
and flocks of fleecy sheep if she will she
increases from a few or makes many of less
what the hand to write?
what the ear to hear?
what proclaims the red sandstone of Heavitree?
The words sleep within rock to be brought to life
in yew deep rooted oak where stunned
horizons branch out to meadow copse and housing estate
I don’t think I’ll nominate anyone today, but if anyone would like to join the challenge just go ahead!
Jen H. says ‘This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. You will need to find a light source and a reflective surface in order to capture a twinkle, but those are the only limitations. Your photo could be the sparkle of an ornament, as in the photo I’ve shared. Perhaps it is a crisp catchlight in the eyes of a loved one, or the millions of twinkles in the waves of a body of water as a sunrise’s first rays appear. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle.’ In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Twinkle.” This is Cathedral Close in the very centre of Exeter, on a cold winter’s night. I hope you enjoy the shimmering glow. Join in at https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/twinkle/
St Annes Chapel has stood on the edge of town for 596 years and I don’t know how many times I’ve walked past barely noticing it. As a teenager, I even had to walk past daily to school, just around the corner. In recent years it’s been refurbished and although I didn’t go inside because I was dog walking, I could see that the courtyard looks lovely. The chapel is actually the building on the left as the back of the picture, while the white timbered buildings are alms houses. Exeter was a prosperous town as far back as the 16th century, as the biggest city in Devon it was the centre of the county’s woollen trade. Hence the chapel was named St Annes, as she is the patron saint of weavers.
Like many of the oldest buildings in Exeter, the chapel and alms houses were built from red Heavitree stone, quarried less than two miles away, close to where I grew up. Today as I peeped through the gate the winter sun was bright and casting long shadows.
That’s when I noticed the angular shapes all around the courtyard, even those shadows,
The chapel is now part of the orthodox Parish of the Holy Prophet Elias, and its website says that the parish belongs to the Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe under the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
This is my second entry for the photo challenge of ‘Angular’ over at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/angular/
A couple of months ago I read that the Devon Air Ambulance were having a fund raising day, dragon boat racing on the river Exe. When I found out that a team from the hospital where I work were entering I decided to pop down to watch a little.
Here are some of the hospital team.
The opposition are behind
Heading for the start
Team RD&E have a slight edge
The second heat is over and the RD&E are in second place by just four seconds.
Time for a motivational pep talk!
And the next team heads off to the start point.
It was great fun to watch but I didn’t have to time to stay for the final results, I was heading east to see Scarlett and her mummy and daddy. Well done to everyone who entered and helped to raise funds that will keep our Air Ambulance flying.