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A Country Kids Post: The Graveyard Seekers

Little T loves skeletons, Monster High Dolls, Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas and the Corpse’s Bride and her current favourite book is Goth Girl.  She also happens to love graveyards. She likes visiting them and walking around and trying to read their names.  When I tell her that it’s time to walk hDoc, she will always say “Can we go through the graveyard mum?”  I always sigh and give in.  This time though to make it somehow a little bit more fun, I told her to look for the oldest gravestone she could find.

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First, she spied the tulips and wanted to smell the flowers.

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The she found this lovely stone sculpture on one of the graves.

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She looked around.

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And around.

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Then we found this 1786 headstone.  I actually know that there are older graves than this one, inside Forrarbury church which some parts of it dates back to the Norman times.  But I didn’t want to mention this to T.  I wanted to walk the dog and go home. so mum stayed mum.

To be fair though, I do like graveyards too, especially here in England, they are so interesting, just don’t ask me to explore it at night.

What about you?

Do you like them too, or do you find them too grim?

Do share.

Good Day Sunshine

I think I know what McCartney was thinking when he wrote the lyrics to the Beatles’ song “Good Day sunshine”.  Just reading the words, makes you feel good already:  “Good day sunshine.  Good day sunshine.  Good day sunshine.  Good day sunshine.  I need to laugh, and when the sun is out.  I’ve got something I can laugh about.  I feel good, in a special way.  I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.”

And he is so right, when the sun is out, the gloom is nowhere to be found either.  As I’ve mentioned we’ve been having absolutely glorious weather and when you live in the UK you keep expecting it will be over soon and the rains will come again.  And as of yesterday, the rain has come!  But that’s life in the UK 😉 and the plants needs some watering, so it’s fine.

The glorious sunshine started during the Easter break, the sun came out in its full glory and since we had a close friend over, who also happens to be little T’s godfather, we went on a lovely  country walk.  T also had a little friend over, so along with two little people, three adults and a four-legged over excitable dog, we all headed out for a little procession through the woods.

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Over the hills we went, but had to go skirting around the hills, trying to avoid the cows with their calves.

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We didn’t want to risk it, not with two children and the cows with their babies would definitely be nervous around an over-excitable dog like Doc.

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After a bit of walk and hearing a few whinges from the little ones, we finally reached St. Peter’s Woods, which meant we weren’t far from Minster Church.

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And then there it was – Minster Church, just like Forrabury, parts of the building was built during the Norman times.

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I love the graveyard here, it always looks beautiful and different as the season changes as seen on this post.

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Poor Doc, as usual, had to be left outside as we all went inside to have a look around and actually, a bit of a rest.

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You might be wondering what little T is doing in this photo:  She’s actually practicing her “hard-stare” made famous by Paddington Bear.

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Kids will be kids.  Clambering over stairs with no fear, in spite the adults cautioning them to slow-down.  Then it was time to head home.

What about you?

Does the weather also affect your mood?

As I type this, grey clouds are hovering outside.  But like I said, we actually welcome the rain, so it’s not so bad and I besides, I just checked, the sun will be out again tomorrow 🙂

Little T & Doc explore Forrabury

Little T is on her two-week Easter break.

The first three days,

they went on a city-break.

She loved staying in the hotel.

“I want to live in a hotel forever!”  Says little T.

The next day, they went back home to their sleepy little village by the sea.

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On the first day,

she finally convinced her mum to allow her to use the nail polish her best friend F gave her last Christmas.

So she painted her finger and toe-nails different colours: pink, red, blue and brown.

On the second day,

she painted some pictures.

“Here you go mummy!  More pictures for you to hang on our kitchen wall!”

On the third day,

she was bored.

Luckily for her,

it was another lovely sunshiny day.

As usual, her dad was busy doing his work upstairs

and her mum was busy with chores.

On impulse, she decided that she wanted to go out with her dog.

“Quick Doc, the sun is out.  It’s time for another adventure!”

Even before Doc could woof back, little T was out the door.

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“Woof!  Wait for me!”

Little T was quick, and Doc panted behind her.

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By the time he got to her, she was already opening the gate of Forrabury church.

“Woof, you were fast!  What are we going to do here?”

Asked Doc still panting beside her.

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“That’s because you’re too slow, Doc!”  T winked at her dog.

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“Now who are you calling slow?”  Doc called behind him as little T tried to keep up with her not-so-little doggie.

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“I was just teasing you, you know” says T as she manages to finally keep up with him.

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“Well, c’mon now Doc, quit sniffing and follow me!”  She says stomping ahead of him once again.

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This time, Doc was fast and ran way ahead of her.

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“C’mon Little T, you’re too slow now”.

“But I’m tired” whinged T.

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“And I’m feeling hot now” she says taking off her jumper.

“I’m going back to the church!”

Doc trails behind trying ever so hard to carry her jumper for her.

But as they reached the door of the church, little T turned to Doc and said …

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“I’m sorry Doc.  You’ll have to stay by the door, no dogs allowed”.

Doc sighed and gave in without an argument.

The truth was he too, was actually feeling really tired.

So he waited patiently for little T by the door.

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As they left the church, Doc turned to T and asked …

“What did you do in there?”

Little T smiled and said “I prayed for you Doc!”

Doc wasn’t sure what that meant,

but he said Woof!  Thank you T.

You’re most welcome Doc.

ANIMALTALES

A Visit to Salisbury

Salisbury City is known as the city in the countryside.  Perhaps because it is surrounded by the beautiful English countryside, I bet if you live here, it won’t feel like you’re living in an urban area at all.  This medieval cathedral city with its old timbered buildings, world-famous Gothic cathedral and home to the magna carte is an absolute-must-visit when in  the UK.  So it isn’t surprising that after our trip to Stonehenge, a visit to Salisbury was on our next agenda.

Pub Lunch

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We were ravenous after our busy morning spent in the ancient stones of Stonehenge.  So as soon as we drove into Salisbury, we were on a hunt for a place to eat.  Lucky for us, the Cloisters, a mid-14th century pub was close to where we parked.  Not knowing anything about this pub, we didn’t know what to expect at all.

What can I say about The Cloisters?  Four words:  good food and great service.  In fact, we would rate this restaurant with a five star rating.  It was way past lunch-time on a Sunday when we visited.  It was busy, but we still managed to find a nice cosy corner to plant our weary selves in.

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You’ll see a lot of the lovely exposed beams and other 14th century features inside this lovely pub.  Since it was a sunday, the husband and J were able to sample their sunday roast which they absolutely loved. As for me, I had a mouthwatering chicken dish and T had fish fingers which were obviously made and not store-bought, so was really pleased and impressed by that.

But what really struck us was not the delicious food, there are loads of pubs and restaurants out there that serve really good food too.  What really impressed us was the outstanding service!  The lovely man who served us whom I think was the manager (though the husband had this feeling that he was also the owner of the pub) made us absolutely feel like important people.  After the meal, while on our way to the loo he asked T if she enjoyed the meal.  T said: Yes I did.  But I need a wee now.

It’s just a lovely feeling to go to a restaurant or a pub and there you are made to feel really, really welcome, as if they themselves personally invited you in.  That is priceless!  Wouldn’t it be great if all pubs and restaurants were like that?

So if you’re anywhere in Salisbury and want a lovely meal with superb service, do drop by The Cloisters for a visit.  You won’t regret it.  If you’re lucky enough, this nice man might be there to serve you. If you have an FB account, please like their page here and you’ll also find directions on how to find them on their page.  If not their address is: 83 Catherine Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2DH or phone them at 01722 338102.  If you do get to visit, please tell the lovely man that T sends her regards.  It won’t be difficult to find him, he has white hair and will greet you with a lovely warm smile.  Yes, that’s him.

Around Salisbury

There are loads of things to do and see around this ancient city.  If you’re a National Trust member like us, you can drop by and see the elegant 18th century Mompesson House which was used in the movie Sense and Sensibility.

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Mompesson House seen from afar.

And for those Military history enthusiasts, you will enjoy the Rifles Museum which highlights the actions of the regiments over the last 270 years.

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If you’re not much into history like I am, walking around this city in the countryside will be enough to give you pleasure.  You will find an interesting building almost in every corner, like this one:

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Don’t you just love old buildings with their quirky walls and designs?

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And here’s a very old drain pipe.  I wonder what year it was installed?

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Ancient door and walls … If they could speak, what would it tell us?

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Novelist and Nobel Prize Winner William Golding used to be a schoolmaster in this former school-building.

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And I took a photo of this one because I liked what it said “Life is but a walking shadow” and also liked that it was set against a grey sky.

Salisbury Cathedral

And of course, a visit to Salisbury wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside it’s ancient Norman Cathedral.

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There it is!  

To be continued…