Monthly Archives: July 2014

Here endeth the Sabbatical

It is Sunday evening 27 July 2014. Yesterday my daughter was 27 – which makes me feel very old. It is the last Sunday of my three month Sabbatical, so today we had a Sunday off and went to the … Continue reading

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Brough, Cumbria – St Michael

Driving south over the Teesdale hills en route from Ponteland to steam trains in North Wales we stopped in Brough for a loo, then saw a sign for an ice cream parlour in Church Brough – website. The parlour is next … Continue reading

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Middleton-in-Teesdale, Durham – St Mary the Virgin

When you drive south from Ponteland you either go A1 or M6, or – if you have plenty of time – you go down the Pennine chain. Beautiful B roads to Middleton-in-Teesdale. It is a lovely village and we found … Continue reading

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Eriskay – St Michael’s Catholic Church

Tuesday 15 July was such a beautiful day that I decided to have a transport odyssey. I had already worked out that the ferry left Lochboisdale on South Uist for Castlebay back on Barra at 1900, so I chatted to the lovely lady … Continue reading

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Castlebay, Barra – Our Lady, Star of the Sea

One of the things on my bucket list is landing on the beach at Barra. Barra is in the Outer Hebrides, reached in 50 minutes on a Loganair flight from Glasgow. On Monday 14 July the flight was booked for … Continue reading

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Wooler – St Mary

Wooler is one of those small rural towns that feels as if it has seen better days. However the Ramblers Cafe does a nice bacon and egg roll, and the market place is having a makeover. The church is here … Continue reading

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Brinkburn Priory

Back in Northumberland – even I can’t spend the whole of my sabbatical driving around the country! On Saturday 12 July we went for a drive north, and turned off the main road to go and visit Brinkburn Priory (NZ116983). … Continue reading

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Colsterworth, Lincolnshire – St John the Baptist

Driving up and down the A1 it is good to know good stopping places. I recommend the Windmill at Tuxford – we’ve been stopping here for excellent home baking since Hannah went to Durham in 2005. Do check their opening … Continue reading

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Cockfield, Suffolk – St Peter

Cockfield is a village with eight greens. There’s a lot going on – see the village website. There is a lane from the war memorial, past the school, and up to the church – with beautiful Suffolk houses on either side. It is … Continue reading

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Bradfield St Clare, Suffolk – St Clare

Another of my lovely Suffolk churches – a small hamlet, and a church surrounded by fields. One of the fields nearby is the one where Edmund was martyred. Hoxne in East Suffolk will tell you it was there, but we … Continue reading

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