A Nice Thursday

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 05:15 pm
debris4spike: (Camera)
A couple of days ago, I took the day off work, and Christine came over.

We started the day with taking Jiffy for a local walk, and then we looked at some of my American photos on the computer.

After an early lunch the two of us headed out to the outskirts of Exeter. One great thing about this city is within a couple of miles you are literally in the middle of nowhere. We went to see Fursdon House. It is a house that has a basic Tudor inner, with a Georgian extension and facade. As it is still privately owned, I couldn't take photos inside, but thought you might like to see some images of the gardens.

Enjoying nature )

Good Friday

Friday, April 14th, 2017 08:16 pm
debris4spike: (Cross - Paid in full)
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Today is Good Friday - the day that we remember that God's Son Jesus was crucified, with two criminals, outside Jerusalem's walls. The pure Son of God died and was buried in a borrowed tomb.

Exeter, like many towns & cities, had a walk of witness this morning, although I didn't go. Exeter has a big event in front of the Cathedral including a play to show those events of the trial and Crucifixion. As a personal choice I do not like to see Jesus being portrayed by anyone. It is great that it's so many people forget what Easter is about. The weather was good, so hopefully a lot of people learnt a bit about The Bible this morning.

And, yes, I have just had 2 hot cross buns with my tea!

Happy Easter

Exeter Guildhall 1

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
This morning I went on a guided tour of Exeter Guildhall .  I had been in the building a few years ago, but this time I got to know both the history, and see behind the scenes.

1190 Richard I granted a charter placing the city under the rule of a Mayor, and the main section of the building was built in the early 1300's.

Looking at history )

I Am Still Alive!

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 03:25 pm
debris4spike: (Rose)

How did I manage to dissappear for that long - so far behind?  I suppose it asn't helped that I have been working a couple of "normal" weeks, which is actually only 3 1/2 days, but I have been very tired the rest of the time.  I also ended up very sore after having Carpel Tunnel injection.  The GP just caught a nerve as he put the needle in, and although he moved it it was still really sore for a week.

Jiffy has been keeping OK, which is good.

I have booked my holiday.  I will be out of the country for almost all of July (and a couple of days of June).  This coming Thursday I shall be meeting up with a lady and her dog who may be Jiffy's carer for the holiday.

The decorating is finished for the present.  I am slowly trying to pack things away in their permenant home.  However I have decided to have a conservatory built!  So some things will have to move again after Easter.  I will post some pictures soon, I promise.

Still I am posting a couple of pictures here.  Last Wednesday I had an email to say that Mum & Dad's stones had been placed.  If you are on Facebook you will have seen the overall view, but here are some more.

RIP Mum & Dad )

365 Meme Day 34

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 08:07 pm
debris4spike: (World travel)
Where you’d like to be in ten years.

Geographically I like living in Exeter, but would love to have the time, health (and money) to still travel abroad, seeing more of this lovely world.

The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
Day 31 → best moment of the month

I think, as ever, each month, and possibly each day, has a few special moments.

* I enjoyed all my mince pies ... I love them!

* It was good playing board games with Brenda and my 4 nephews on Boxing Day.

* I enjoyed the Nativity service at Exeter Cathedral. It was great to see this lovely old building full of families ... and animals!

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(Thanks Tim for the photos)
So there are a couple of things that made December fun.

This has been a good meme, and it's been good to see that others have snagged.
debris4spike: (Boo)
Yay - back to my own Friday Photo challenge. Jiffy and I had a bit of a late start, so once we were organised we went on the bus into the city centre. I needed to go to the bank, but Jiffy loves a bus trip, with a wander round the city.

We walked along by the side of the city wall - I love how the light shines in those first pictures.

Exeter City Walls )

We also stopped and looked at 3 of the Rhinos on the Great Big Rhino Trail ... this is through South Devon. So thought I would share these. They are going to be auctioned off soon to raise money for the endangered species.

Watch out for the rhinos )

Then finally Jiffy and I donated £1 each to help with the refurbishment of Exeter Cathedral, by buying 2 Lego blocks.

Fundraising for the Cathedral )

Hope you enjoyed this glimpse of Exeter

My Daddy

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 07:54 pm
debris4spike: (Son of a preacher man.)

Today Dad's Home had a BBQ for family and friends .... Nick didn't want to go, and he wanted to visit on the Friday, so that suited me ... a BBQ with Dad, and a great walk yesterday with Jiffy.

I got there soon after it started and arrived to be told Dad had already downed his glass of Pimms!! We then both had one!!! Dad had a special burger ordered, and we had a our dinner together. Tim & Claire arrived later, so that we could spend some time together before Dad went upstairs to rest.

Dad and his home )

Northernhay Gardens

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 04:48 pm
debris4spike: (K9 & Cyberman)
Jiffy and I enjoyed our step into history ... in fact he was incredibly good and just walked quietly by my side, no sniffing, weeing ... so I took him into the other half of the land so he could have a sniff and (as Mum would have said) a shufty.

A chance to look at the scenery, doggy style )
debris4spike: (WW1 Grave)
Further to my post of the 30th June, Jiffy and I went into Exeter on the bus this morning (he loves that!).  We went to The Somme 19240 display. It is in the Northernhay Park, and only there for the week, so we were lucky the weather was great this morning.

The display has taken over 3 years, and is of 19240 twelve inch dolls sewn into a shroud. Over the day the names of those 19240 men is read out, with their regiment and age ... and, yes, this was the number of Commonwealth deaths on that July 1st 1926. Even seeing it this morning, it is hard to visualize that many men ... but here are a few photos for you to look at ....The Somme comes to Exeter )

Photo Friday

Friday, May 27th, 2016 09:12 pm
debris4spike: (K9 & Cyberman)
Today they are mostly photos of a place about 3/4 mile from where I live.

However the first photo is re-taken for those who are not following [livejournal.com profile] photo_scavenger as I have posted the item there.  In England (for those who don't know) we have the King/Queen's name on a post box.  Obviously there are loads of E II R for our present queen ... however this one is more unusual -Yes, we did have a King Edward VIII, even if he was never crowned )

Anyway, letters posted we walked on to St Loye's Chapel.   It was built in the 1380's to serve a local rural mansion and is dedicated to the patron saint of blacksmiths and goldsmiths.  After 400 years it fell into diuse and disrepaire, and spent many years as a stable.  St Loye's emblem is actually a horseshoe.  As you can see it wouldn't give much shelter now, but I love the way it has been left in the middle of this housing estate.

St Loye's )

In the afternoon I took Jiffy for his regular haircut ... so he looks nice and tidy again.  Here he is, in the car ready to go home for dinner .... )

A Local Walk

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 02:44 pm
debris4spike: (Stargate - View)
On Wednesday I was having some of my furniture collected, to go to a charity shop, and my friend Christine (from Church) was coming for lunch.  However our plans worked well, as the charity people came early.  So we had an early lunch and then the 3 of us went for a walk.

So all of these photos are within a couple of miles of my house ... Exeter is a lovely city.

Our stroll )
debris4spike: (Amen!)
Right in the centre of the shopping centre are the remains of the almshouses.  This Chapel and almshouses were founded by Canon John Stevens DD, (Doctor of Physick), in 1457, to house thirteen poor men. Regulations during the 17th and 18th Century changed, allowing married couples to live there. In the 19th Century, they changed again to favour widows, and single women. In 1811, the thirteen residents were increased to fifteen, by installing two extra habitations.

During the second war, servicemen were billeted in the buildings. The bombing of May 1942 destroyed the Almshouses and Chapel. Rather than clear the ruins, the City Council landscaped the ruins as a memorial to that dreadful night.

There are a few more details of the intervening history here

Here we are )
debris4spike: (K9 & Cyberman)
Wow, I am late with these.  I did take them on Friday, but with all the continued shifting of boxes, and furniture, life has been hectic.  Sadly I also wiped myself out by yesterday afternoon ... so much so I went to bed early, and slept through 2 alarms this morning.  So, by the time I woke up it was time that my Church service was finishing.  Oh, well, I obviously needed it.  As I said, life is hectic.

So, sorry, but I did warn you.  We are hoping to complete by the end of April.  My older furniture has now all gone, so Jiffy and I are tripping over boxes.  Most of the furniture will come on the 12th, so things can begin to be packed away!

So, today was an early lunch and a stroll with Jiffy ... and now I am going to post some things .... HOWEVER, I know I still owe lots of replies to comments.  I shall go see Dad and then get dinner cooking and hope to get some replies done on my pc, and this eve on my tablet ... fingers crossed.

So, a stroll through some of Exeteris here )
debris4spike: (James - silhouette)
Well only some boring photos, but thought some might like to see where I live.  I am about 2 miles from the city centre ... and these were all taken on Jiffy's walk this morning.

It's all about me )
debris4spike: (Jiffy - painting)
So, having wandered along on, and by, the wall, we ended up at Exeter Quay.

Exeter Quay )
debris4spike: (Stone sculpture)
Wow, photobucket actually uploaded my photos .... so why they fell out with me a couple of weeks ago, I don't know.  Jiffy and I went on the bus into the city again yeasterday.  We were heading in a different direction, so although we again saw the wall, it is in a different area (In fact we ended up walking along the top of it!)

More Exeter City Wall )
debris4spike: (James - pointing finger)
Exeter Cathedral is a stunning building that was completed by about 1400 (having been started in 1133), and has several notable features, including an early set of misericords, an astronomical clock and the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England.


However Jiffy is not allowed inside, so we walk around the outside. I suddenly realized that I had never actually looked at what the images look like ... so I looked, and here are a few images to show you what I mean ...

Stonemasons are amazing )
debris4spike: (James - eyes)
One of the advantages of inheriting Jiffy, and of planning to do these photos, I realise that I am actually looking at my surroundings.  I am reading plaques, and spoting things that I have walked past loads of time.  This set of 5 are of signs on (or just off) Exeter High Street.

Keeping my eyes open )

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