A sea of Bluebells

I wonder what it is about that deep blue, almost lilac, hue that sets pulses a-pumping? If it isn’t travelling miles to see a field of lavender, it’s doing the same to see a field of bluebells in a woody glade. So this being bluebell season, and as I’m located in the heart of Hampshire,…

On the trail of Jane Austen …

With the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the novel Emma this year, I thought it might be fun to share some of the “Austen Trail” I have done on my travels around Hampshire and Surrey. I’m sure there’s a lot more you can do but these are the few things that have crossed…

All aboard The Watercress Line

As soon as I heard about The Watercress Line, Hampshire’s Heritage Steam Railway, I knew a train trip would be imminent.  And so it came to pass, this last weekend, that The Hound and I arrived at Alresford Station to travel to Alton in style … even better, The Hound travelled free! It’s nick-named The…

Singular Statues: #5 Sound II

The fifth in the series of Singular Statues is by the artist, Antony Gormley, who is said to have donated this work – Sound II – to Winchester Cathedral.  Located in the crypt, it is best viewed when the area is flooded (the cathedral is very close to the water table), where you see this…

Venerable Ruins: Wolvesey Castle, Winchester

If you have the time when you are in Winchester, pop around the back of the cathedral along College Street and take the trail to see the regal remains of what was once the domicile of the most powerful Bishops in the land: The Bishops of Winchester. The Bishop of Winchester once lived as part…

Singular Statues: #3 Joan of Arc

For the third in this venerable series to promote the forgotten statues of yesteryear, here we have one of my favourites – Joan of Arc of course, situated outside the Lady Chapel in Winchester Cathedral.  Created by Sir Ninian Comper in 1923, the statue’s base is said to contain a piece of stone from Rouen…

Singular Statues: #1 King Alfred

When wandering around on my travels, I come across all kinds of statuary – some in good repair – others a little worse for wear – all completely forgotten.  It seemed to me rather sad to see these works of art which would have been celebrated when unveiled, lying in the shadows, covered in soot…

Winchester Cathedral: simply the best …

Let’s go to Winchester to see the cathedral said Bob one summer’s day so off we went to see possibly the most beautiful ecclesiastical building I have even seen. Walking towards the cathedral from the town through an avenue of shady limes, you are suddenly presented with a building of such overwhelming size, it tends…