Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Romanesque, Beakhead-Hunting and a Neolithic gathering place...

...and what a trip it was!!

My trusty little Canon is stuffed full of heads...

...BEAKHEADS that is of course!


We took the Gladdyvan over to Oxfordshire and pitched at Bladon for a week.

This part of the UK is one of two areas where Beakheads can be found in abundance...

...the other area being Yorkshire (that's for another time :-)


So, after driving over on the Sunday, we took the bus into Oxford early Monday morning for my appointment with the Librarian at St. Edmund Hall...

...whose library just happens to be the church of St.Peter-in-the-East.

Dating from the 12th Century, it has some wonderful Romanesque features...

...and a fantastic Beakhead-surrounded doorway!






The following day we drove over to Iffley to visit the church of St Mary. WOW!!!!!







After taking a couple of hundred photos here...

...we headed north to Great Rollright - St Andrews....



..and then St Peter at Hook Norton...

...where the Romanesque offering was in the form of a large font!



Finally...

...to round of a lovely day...

...we visited a spiritual centre that is (at least) 3000 years older than these gorgeous churches.

The Rollright Stones.





There were lots of dowsers around...

...and it was very interesting to get results with a set of borrowed dowsing rods instead of my usual pendule!

I'd love to be able to get some of my captured heads into my sketchbook...

...but with the cruise fast approaching I have to get samples finished for that...

...and take loads and loads of photos for the book I'm writing for Colourcraft.

Just 2 weeks before I get off to the sun and begin bobbing around the Mediterranean!!

Tick....tick....tick....

Have a great weekend

x C

4 comments:

PaulineC said...

Hope you enjoyed your dowsing and that the stones had no unpleasant effects this time. Love the Beakheads.

Penny said...

Oh boy -- what a trip and the sights you saw. You'll be sorting photos forever! All so lovely, especially since they are so old.

Robyn Gordon said...

Beakheads!! Something new to think about. So glad you shared.

underatopazsky said...

What a wonderful tour! Looking forwards to seeing where they turn up next!