Sunday, 18 March 2018


It is cold, grey and there is snow on the ground therefore I thought I look back to last March when I was in Venice and it was slightly warmer!

Murano is an one many islands in the Venice Lagoon. It is the most famous but not my favourite I prefer the islands of Burano and it linked sister island Mazzorbo and the island of Torcello (I promised to show you this last April.... later this week promise!).

Murano is famous for it's glass making.

Despite not being my favourite of the Venetian islands I really do enjoy visiting them! 

Friday, 23 February 2018

A Tale of Two churches

Two of Essex's best churches are only 5 miles a part but in size and scale are miles a part.

The Churches Conservation Trust church of St Mary's Chickney is small and is about isolation and atmosphere....


St John's Thaxted is all about Grandeur

Both are worth a visit!

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Today the weather was glorious and I went for a stroll around Lavenham.

During WWII Lavenham was not the picture postcard village it is today, lots of the buildings were run down and so it is lovely to visit now and see them looking so well cared for. Today some may consider Lavenham too "commercialised". Yes there are lots of tea rooms, antiques shops, touristy shops, fashionable pubs/hotels alongside the lovely well maintained old buildings (including the Guildhall, Little Hall, Church etc) but it also has the shops and facilities you need for day to day life and as well it does seem to have a social life you don't get in bigger towns.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

I am late!

Unfortunately my Dad spent most of January and the first few days of February in Hospital so I hope anyone still out there will appreciate  that photography has not really been on my mind.

Here are a couple of pics I took at Wimpole last year.

This House Sparrow was very posy.

Saturday, 30 December 2017


And so 2017 comes to an end.... here are a couple of pictures from Thaxted taken on a Boxing day stroll.

John Webb's windmill built in 1804. It is a long a path by the church

 The church. One of the finest in Essex.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby  gets its name from the Augustinian priory which was founded in the 12th century. A small fraction of the monastic church survives. In 1551 it became the private chapel of the Dryden family who unusually kept the church open as a parish church.

Canons Ashby house was built in about 1550 by the Dryden family with additions in the 1590s, in the 1630s and 1710. It is largely unchanged since 1710. It has many Elizabethan and Jacobean features.

I ought to add it is one of my favourite properties. It has charm.