Le Tour: Hanbury Hall: Laurie Lee Walk: Bless You.

This Year's Tour De France, after the first two legs in Yorkshire,  travelled to London from Cambridge, finishing up at The Mall.
My photos, taken by A. and L. show,  how many  hours,  before the arrival in the capital, people were already taking their places.

A great success and one wonders whether it will come to our' neck of the woods ' sometime in the future.


Last Thursday ( 10 /7 ) D. and I paid a visit to the National Trust property Hanbury Hall, near Droitwich in Worcestershire.

It remains an impressive building set in fashionable landscaped grounds.

The garden and walkways were in immaculate condition, in an highly formalised approach.

Other ground photographs can be seen at my earlier blog post here:

Hanbury 2012

I was particularly interested, this time with an exhibition of Japanese art,  based  upon NT properties ,  in the Long Gallery by the artist Takumasa Ono .

The exhibition called " HENRO (pilgrimage) 2014 was an original view of these properties often in engaging colours and having different perspectives. The bottom picture in the above leaflet shows Ono's interpretation of Hanbury Hall.
Here is the website which shows his work more clearly: Ono's prints

One final snippet, before we leave Hanbury. The family name Vernon; The family motto;  Vernons' always flourish.

You can see on the plate the motto and above it the family crest, depicting a lady holding  a sheaf of corn ( a sign of plenty ).

One of the Vernons determined to have this illustration inscribed on fine Chinese porcelain.
 He duly sent the order (18th C) off by boat to China. Unfortunately when the order arrived, the said Vernon had died and instead of a pattern as ordered, the picture showed a Chinese girl holding some rice!
So much for communications in those days.

Note: the plate above is Royal Worcester China and only recently produced.


Last Wednesday D. and I made our way to Sroud Museum ( In The Park ). Once again the floral arrangements were in splendid order.

Our main mission at the museum was to purchase " The Laurie Lee Wildlife Way. "
showing a walk around the Slad Valley.

Inside the museum  were showcases showing some of Lee's effects.

Whether the lower picture actually contained the fabled violin which accompanied him upon his journey to Spain, I could not ascertain.

Having purchased the ' Way, ' D. and I made our way to the start point of the walk at Bulls Cross.

There are 11 Poetry Posts in various places along the walk.
Here is the first of them at Bulls Cross.

The first poem written on the glass is "Equinox (1943) "

 Here are the first and last stanzas.

" Now tilts the sun  his monument
now sags his raw unwritten stone
deep in October's diamond clay

And finds his prize of all its pain,
bedded in smoke, on leaves of blood -
Love's charcoal cross, unlost, unwon. "

The walk itself is essentially a wild life walk, moving over rough,  often soggy territory, needing boots and walking gear, D. and I walked only a little way, drawn back by particularly steep incline waiting to be be negotiated.

We were however impressed by the quiet and  peaceful nature, even a short way from the main road.

To finish, here are some shots, which we took:


And Now For Something Completely Different!

To close this blog, a Blessing.

"May the raindrops fall
lightly on your brow
May the soft winds
freshen your spirit
May the sunshine
brighten your heart
May the burden of the day
rest lightly upon you
And may God enfold you in love. "

(Old Irish Prayer )

Cheerio for now,


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