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Two Gloucestershire Churches

lulu33

By lulu33

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I know this ain’t flowers or gardens or nature but I thought I would like to share with some of you 2 beautiful churches very close to our cottage.
Last Monday my dearest brother came to visit with his 2 children. They live in Singapore and we can only skype to see how the kids are growing. We all miss them so much.
We had a wonderful day. We fed the pond fish, the ducks on Leighterton pond, the dogs…..twice round the stud on the quad bikes and pub lunch!
On the way back from the pub I pointed out an old church in Oldbury on the Hill, my bro said hey lets go take a look. Am so glad he did because it is such a wonderful old church.

My god daughter & niece Amelia, me and nephew Max. They were a bit sugered up from pudding and pulled so many faces, we didn’t get many sensible shots!!

This is St Aldrid’s Church, dating back to at least 1273!! Sadly decommisioned now but used once a year during harvest festival. There is alot of damp but it’s such a wonderful old church we go visit about twice a year.
This is my Brother and his two great kids.

Rather different headstones

And Max and Amelia at the alter!

This beautiful baptismal font

And wall painting, sadly not much of this left.

Alter view (with mini sermon going on!)

The porch

Now, having just fed the ducks at our local pond (the goose got most of the bread!) Here is St Andrew’s, Leighterton. It’s really pretty inside and we go for midnight mass at Christmas and take the dogs who sleep under a blanket, except Sluggy, who is usually naughty!

St Andrews has a lovely alter…

And a beautiful window!

I love the light from this plain window and dried Honesty flowers.

Another pretty font!

And a great door hinge!

Another sermon from Max!

And my favourite picture, Dear Amelia, singing quietly to herself, bless her. xx

And last but not least two very tired kids!!!!

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Excellent Lulu - some great photos - well done, very intertesting.

6 Aug, 2011

 

Thanks Sheilar!

6 Aug, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Lovely blog, looks like the children enjoyed as much as the adults.did the children know what they were lying on top of,there is something about churches whether religious or not.

6 Aug, 2011

 

thats lovely lulu, i like the idea of mini-sermons ~ having been made to sit through far too many not very mini ones!!

i like that light on the honesty too

6 Aug, 2011

 

I love going into churches, especially when they are all quiet!
Didn't ask the kids if they knew, but think they did!!
Yes, Max's sermon was only a few seconds long!!

6 Aug, 2011

 

that is one very intresting Blog Lou, lovely photos of you all,

6 Aug, 2011

 

Very interesting blog and photos

6 Aug, 2011

 

A lovely blog and photo's Lulu. I am glad you let the children explore, Emily stood in the pulpit the whole time Samuel was being Christened. Better view and she thought it was a tree house.....

6 Aug, 2011

 

what a good imagination Homebird!!!

6 Aug, 2011

 

very nice photos Lulu, that font is fantastic

6 Aug, 2011

 

Wonderful blog Lulu, great photos, I really love old churches and have always dragged our kids around them whilst on hol, wherever we are, we must explore, my hub spends ages reading headstones he is facinated by them. That lovely lead lined font at St. Aldreds is just beautiful, and that door hinge fab. More please Lu. x

6 Aug, 2011

 

There are quite a few more churches of interest round here..........watch this space!

6 Aug, 2011

 

Will do xx

6 Aug, 2011

 

That's really lovely Lulu . . . thank you so much for sharing. And what great kids - it's hard for you that you don't see them more often. Nothing like an old church for sitting and thinking! "I like to sit and think, but sometimes I just sit" :))

6 Aug, 2011

 

great pics & blog Lulu..like most here i also enjoy visiting churches & i like to read the headstones too..thank you for sharing it..had a chuckle at your last photo though.:o)

6 Aug, 2011

 

enjoyed your blog lulu and lovely kids, nice pic of you with them to, had a chuckle at the last one haha

6 Aug, 2011

 

what a lovely series, and nice to have met you.

you even managed to get some pretty flowers in in the foreground of the stained glass annonciation? window.
although i prefer the colourfull flowers on the last tombs!
i reckon the tombstone in the foreground of the three uprights must have belonged to a pregnant lady...
all this makes me realize how much i miss exploring english churches.
thanks for putting them on.

6 Aug, 2011

 

Lovely blog Lulu, I especially liked the window with the dried Honesty. Thanks.

6 Aug, 2011

 

Interesting blog Lulu ... children appear to have had a great time and I love that huge hinge on the door ... thanks for showing these churches ... :o))

6 Aug, 2011

 

thanks all for your interest in our beautiful local churches!! I really enjoyed our time looking around them.

6 Aug, 2011

 

Doesn`t seem to matter whether one is a churchgoer, they seem to draw one in. I also like to visit them when out and about.
Thankyou you Lulu, your photo`s are lovely....

6 Aug, 2011

 

Lovely photos...and the children sure seem to be having a grand time :) Reading headstones is a favourite pastime when we visit churches too!

You've caught the light perfectly in the small window with the honesty arrangement too, Lulu.

7 Aug, 2011

 

Thanks everyone. Love the pic of the honesty too and the first font. Yes churches always pull me in too.

7 Aug, 2011

 

Really great blog Lulu!
I love old churches too..and the smell of them! DOnt know why lol..Older the better..I find the gravestones interesting too..Great blog henny :)

7 Aug, 2011

 

thanks Pix :) they do all mostly smell the same don't they!

7 Aug, 2011

 

Yeah! strange eh? maybe the musty hymnbooks?

7 Aug, 2011

 

Or the lingering scent of Incense over many years . . . . .

8 Aug, 2011

 

Well if its Catholic yes..but all churches smell of it.

8 Aug, 2011

 

that's what I thought. CofE don't use insence!

8 Aug, 2011

 

Maybe its the seats from lots of smelly bums on them! lol

8 Aug, 2011

 

Oh well, you can tell I'm not a religious person ... lol!

8 Aug, 2011

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