"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Recent Visit to Herefordshire - Part 5: St Michael and All Angels, Croft Castle and Flowers


Before leaving Croft Castle I popped briefly into the Church of St Michael and All Angels.

I wanted to get more photos of the medieval floor tiles which came from workshops at Malvern and Monmouth.

The font is 14th century.  I wanted to get more photos of the Croft tomb in the chancel  but as there were other people in that area I decided to leave it.

Timothy resting on his favourite shelf!

The tree I watch through the seasons.

I enjoyed watching several juvenile Pied Wagtails foraging round the caravan.

View to the front of the caravan.

There is a gentleman with a caravan further up the hill who really does have the most amazing little garden. He spends so much time lavishing attention on it. Here are a few pictures of the flowers there.

As we walked back to our caravan a Red Kite flew over. Sorry a really rubbish photo and not even worth cropping!

I hope everyone is staying safe and well.

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic FZ330 bridge camera.

Reference: Pevsner Buildings of England Herefordshire by Alan Brook and Nikolaus Pevsner, Yale University Press, 2012.


Bovey Belle said...

Those Medieval tiles are a wonderful survival, and I never knew tiles were made at Malvern (or Monmouth for that matter). Sorry you couldn't get near the Croft tomb. Another time perhaps.

The gentleman's garden is so beautiful. He obviously spends a lot of time on it.

The Betjeman Church Mouse poem is one of my favourites.

Ragged Robin said...

Bovey Belle - Thanks so much. I have rather a "thing" about medieval tiles at the moment. According to Pevsner they came from Malvern and Monmouth (not something I knew before either!). I have seen the Croft tomb I just wanted more pics of that and the chancel area. Always another time as you say :)
Yes he spends hours on that garden. Very pleasant gentleman - I think he has been there longer than anyone else.

Rosie said...

The church looks interesting and the tower unusual. The tiles are super no wonder you wanted to see them again. The gentleman's garden is lovely and well looked after. Great to see the red kite and the pied wagtails:)

CherryPie said...

Thank you for the close up of the tiles and the information about them and also the font.

Rustic Pumpkin said...

The tiles are amazing. We have a mix of mediaval and Victorian. Only clergy get to walk on the mediaval ones in front of the high altar. Long have I wished to go and photograph, and now there is no charge for a permit I might do so.
The gentleman's garden is so colourful. He must spend a lot of time there to keep it so neat too.
The watched tree should be changing colour soon. Will you do a composite of your images?
Well, someone looks comfy, doesn't he? "Where's my wine?"

Ragged Robin said...

Rosie - Thanks so much. It is a lovely little church. Glad you liked the little garden. I remember when we viewed the caravan we saw a red kite when we left and I must admit I thought then this is the caravan site I want!

CherryPie - Thanks so much.

Rustic Pumpkin - Thanks so much. I wish now I had posted a picture of more of the Victorian tiles there. I hope you can get to St David's and good news re: no charge for photography permit. I've had to pay that at some cathedrals.

The gentleman is always walking on the garden. Last year he had grown all his annuals at home but couldn't there to plant them out due to lockdow and gave them to his grand-daughter!

Good idea re: composite of images :) I never thought of that!

Timothy went without wine that night or at least at tea-time.

Pam said...

I'm always so behind on blog posts at the moment! The garden is beautiful, it's nice to see so many flowers blooming later in the year. The tree is looking good, I guess your next pictures it'll be loosing its leaves :)

Ragged Robin said...

Pap - Thanks so much. Not to worry about being behind I am doing a lot of posts atm!! Am hoping to get some of the leaves changing colour but it depends how late in the year we visit the caravan. The site is open this year until end of December but there is the worry if caravan not drained down of frozen pipes!!

The Quacks of Life said...

Nice pics... Did Timothy get out?

Ragged Robin said...

The Quacks of Life - Thanks :) No Timothy stayed in caravan. I must start taking him out and about though!