May 29th, 2014


Just Popping By To Say I Am Alive ... And Post This Odd Fact

This is the only time you will see this phenomenon in your life!!
August 2014.

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August, this year, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it 'Silver pockets full.
Harry Dresden

You Have Been Warned!

No work today ... so Christine (my friend from Church) came up to Exeter (she is a classroom assistant) and rather than go somewhere, we stayed here and went sight-seeing ... so loads of pictures to follow.

The weather wasn't great, but it didn't really rain, and considering what was forecast, we were really lucky.

While in Exeter I did buy one item ... Yay, bought "Skin Game", the next in the Harry Dresden story ... so that will certainly be the essential reading!  LOL, I also saw this image ... so, couldn't resist taking the photo and putting it here!

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K9 & Cyberman

Exeter ... An Intro + St. Stephen's

For those of you who don't know, Exeter is in the southwest of England, and was first settled in 250BC, and latest figures show that the present population is about 112,000, so a smallish city.

It has much of the Roman Walls left, as well as part of a Norman Castle. The Cathedral was started in late Norman times, and yet there is a new shopping centre there as well. There are Medieval houses, modern shops and war damaged remains all together ... a lovely city, that I am only just getting to know.

The first step on our trip shows this - St Stephen's Church, which was built in Saxon times, and re-built in Medieval times ... and totally refurbished in 2011 ....

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Exeter Museum

As I said in my last post, Exeter is a combination of old and new ... sometimes within the same space!

Exeter Museum was founded by Prince Albert, and some of the Victorian exhibits are still there, along with modern things.

What makes the museum slightly unusual is that there seems very little order in the layout.  I don't just mean in the order of the galleries, but in the positions of the displays ... for example there is a stuffed giraffe next to a stuffed elephant ... next to a .... Harpsichord!!!

You literally do not know what you are going to see next - anyway, here are a few pictures of my visit.

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There were loads more, but that is enough to wet your appetite for a trip!
James with Halo!

Cathedral Close & The Guild Hall, Exeter

On my stroll around Exeter I went to one or two locations ... including the Cathedral (more about that later) ... I also walked around Cathedral Close, and enjoyed the wide variety of buildings ... the road behind was destroyed during WWII, so it is great to see so much of ancient Exeter has survived, for me to see, and share with you.

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Another place I saw was The Guild Hall ... it isn't always open, but today it was ... and I got to see the crest of the Guild of the School I attended

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More to come!