Devon holiday (part 2)


This is a continuation of part one.

I'm afraid there are an awful lot of church pictures this time, even compared to usual...


David took us in his car to see Ashton church. It's in a book of the best thousand (!) churches in the country.

Possibly rates one of the failblog 'I fixed it' macros.
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Anglepoise lamp, plastic peg and pencil.
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Stone steps up were marked with a fire extinguisher, which may possibly have been intended to discourage climbing the steps rather than as a convenient splash of colour.

View from the top of the steps.
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Looking down at the extinguisher. (And my foot. There wasn't a whole lot of room.)
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Nice white ceiling, beams and bosses (and heater).
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Outside looking at a window.
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Side door.
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Gate (to nowhere).
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Sundial. (It was correct.)
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Phone cables and bunting.
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In the afternoon Ian took us on a walk to Windy Cross, which is a road junction marked by an old stone cross.

Pretty countryside.
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Traditionally constructied corrugated-roof outbuilding.
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Windy Cross.
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I did have pictures where you can actually see the cross, which is made of stone covered in patches of white and brown moss, but I like it better in the above picture even though you can barely see it. It's on a bank above the actual road junction. (All the roads in Devon have been sunk a metre or two below the surrounding land, to keep it interesting - otherwise, drivers might be able to see what's coming around the next corner.)

Incidentally, it was indeed fairly windy by the time we got there.

Cattle shed.
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Gate with telex number.
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Thursday started rather wet. Mum and I decided to walk to Bridford, another nearby village. It might have been more appropriate to borrow a submarine for the trip, but they wouldn't let us have one.

Bridford has a pub, which was closed in the morning, and even a shop, which was supposed to be open but wasn't. We dried off a bit in the church.

Slightly less ambiguous stair-blockage.
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Ring. They used to chain their Bible to this.
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Sadly it wasn't chained any more. Perhaps not surprising: even back then, if you did steal a church Bible, I'm not entirely sure how you would offload it.

After that we ventured back out into the downpour.

Rain. (If you can't see where the cloud starts, you're standing in it.)
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Chimney, slates, moss, rain.
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Stream / raging torrent.
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Footbridge to houses on site of disused quarry.
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Gates, unstable electric fence, rain.
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In the afternoon, David took us on a drive to a small town called Kenton, which has another one of the top thousand churches. The church had recently suffered a flower festival, and some arrangements still remained.

Gravestone and flower. What happened to her jaw?
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Flowers and window.
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Nice (if annoyingly shiny) painting of Sidwella, a local saint.
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Fancy screen.
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White gap thingy through a corner.
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Big hexagonal stone thing.
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Probably not an express train. (Symbol on gravestone on floor.)
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Flowers, chest.
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David examining the organ music. They had planned every hymn through to September.
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Pillar and leaf.
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We had intended to visit a stately home nearby but it was closing. Instead we had a quick look (in the rain again) at the outside of a church attached to its grounds.

Cross in graveyard.
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Green stain on tower.
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Back at the centre in the evening, I played around taking pictures from the conservatory window.

Rain and lights.
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Heading back, but we had time to briefly look inside Exeter Cathedral.

It has a very long, very fancy roof. (This isn't all of it.)
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Some kind of box mounted to the wall.
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That's it. Thanks for looking. :)

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