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An Afternoon In Derbyshire [Sep. 21st, 2009|09:43 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz won some stuff on eBay that we had to go collect from a house in Buxton. It was job lot of baby things- a car seat, a high chair, a bouncer and some clothes.  When we got there we found a cheery young woman in a dark basement flat which was apparently being dismantled- and no sign of a baby.  Ailz suggested that the owner of the baby had done a runner and the young woman was an agent of the landlord, selling off the defaulting tenant's junk. Perhaps. 

We spent the afternoon driving round Derbyshire. All the little towns were full of people enjoying the last of the summer. Here's the 13th century bridge at Bakewell, where they make the tarts.

And here's Holy Trinity church at Ashford-in-the-Water. The tower is early 13th century, and the rest a Victorian rebuild.

Holy Trinity contains this treasure-  the tympanum from the original Norman church. The 13th century builders reused in a wall and the Victorians recovered it and stuck it back more or less where it belongs. It shows the Tree of Life- or the True Vine- menaced by a pig and a wolf.

Finally here's some typical Derbyshire hill country somewhere near Tideswell


[User Picture]From: aellia
2009-09-21 10:01 am (UTC)
Look at that sky!
Great pictures,Tony.
The cow looks curiously on.:-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-21 11:02 am (UTC)

We saw lots of very handsome cows and bullocks.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2009-09-21 10:15 am (UTC)
I love the way the cow and the barn echo each other, solid and glowing in the sunshine.

The tympanum is also very fine.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-21 11:05 am (UTC)
They look a little like toys that have been plonked down in the landscape.

I love medieval art. And there's a lot of it out there- mostly neglected and unsung.
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[User Picture]From: heatherp8
2009-09-22 02:25 am (UTC)
I want to walk across that bridge, wander through that church yard and then sit quietly and gaze at that lovely green vista.
Thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-22 09:02 am (UTC)
There won't be many more days like that this year
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