Today in England flags will be flown from public buildings and many folk will proudly wear some sign or symbol.... such as a rose or a badge to show their loyalty to the land where they were born.
Although I live in Wales now and I can lay claim to inheriting a quarter Welshness from my Welsh Grandmother, I am very proud of my English heritage..... so today we wear our rose and celebrate with pride .
This statue of St. George and the Dragon forms part of the War Memorial to the men of Stanway, it stands at the junction of Stanway village on the main road that goes on to Stow-on-the-Wold. When I lived in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, this was a neighbouring village.
St. George slaying the dragon symbolises the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
HAIL TO SPRING......
April is a busy month, everything is bursting into life and so much needs attention in the garden. Lawns are being mowed, seeds are being sown and the greenhouse is full of the new growth. It is the season of warm sunshine, showers, hope and promise.
Our home and garden sits in a slightly elevated position, a small river runs alongside our land and from our garden there is such a pretty view as we look down the bank to the river below.
A few steps from our gate takes us onto the ‘The Common’, this is a stretch of common ground where years ago villagers would keep their livestock, a few pigs, a flock of sheep perhaps, but today, it is more a playground for village children..... how fortunate they are in this day and age to have the freedom to run and enjoy such beauty, away from busy built up streets of towns and cities.....
A walk on the Common reveals many wild flowers..... here a clump of wild violets nestles amongst the grass
The delicate white flower of the wood anemone nods gently in the breeze. On a warm sunny day the flowers open their little faces to the sun, but when it is cloudy or when evening falls, they droop their little heads shyly and gracefully.
Although the daffodil is found more often in the garden.... there are quite large patches of them growing on the Common.
The fluffy catkins of the Sallow Willow look so beautiful against the blue sky.... as a child we would called them 'pussy willows'.... as the light fine hair resembles the fur of a kitten.
I think that the lovely golden flower of the dandelion is greatly overlooked and under valued..... and more often than not thought of as just a common weed They do have many uses, used in herbal remedies and of course children have great fun by 'telling the time' when the flowers have turned to fluff balls of seeds.
I hope you all had a Blessed Easter. It was a very busy time at our church with a number of moving and emotional services taking place on the days coming up to Good Friday......
On Good Friday we followed the 'Way of the Cross' in rather a unique way. A journey was organised for members from the different churches in the town to travel on the narrow gauge steam railway... and stopping at the stations along the track, we followed the Stations of the Cross in a very special way. At each of the 14 Stations the train stopped, passengers alighted and gathered for a short reading and meditation that marked the last journey of Christ from his trial to his burial. So 'Stations @ Stations' was a very appropriate journey for us to take.
The Steam Railway has a fine museum which houses much memorabilia.... there were many fine old steam engines all with interesting names. The one below is named Dot.....
....and this one 'George & Henry' I particularly liked...... George being the name of our cat and Henry being the name of the dear cat we had before George.
This wonderful narrow gauge railway was to become the world's first preserved railway and it even has connections with the much loved and famous story books 'Thomas the Tank'.
Stopping at one of the 'Stations' a magnificent double rainbow appeared.
On Easter Monday our Church held a coffee morning... there were the usual stalls selling craft work and cakes. I made a few Easter chicks, each little check contained a Cadbury Cream Egg.