So, here is the first of my promised catch-up posts!
One of our little jaunts away was to see S’s family over in the West Country. On one of our days out we hopped over the border and into Wales, to visit the lovely Tintern Abbey.
Tintern is a picturesque ruin, in the most beautiful setting, nestled in the depths of the Wye Valley.
The Abbey itself was built in medieval times, before falling into ruin as a result of the dissolution of the monasteries brought about by Henry VIII. It’s a familiar story for most monastic buildings or Abbeys found in the UK dating from this period, but for anyone who’s not aware, the dissolution of the monasteries basically involved the crown under Henry VIII seizing large amounts of land previously owned by the Church at the time when the Church of England split from the Catholic Church.
If you’re interested in the history of this, you can read more about Tintern here. But I really just wanted to share my photos – my little attempt to try and capture the atmosphere of this amazing place.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek, if you’re ever in the Wye Valley area I recommend a visit to take in the sight for yourself!
I thought I would share another set of snaps from my recent travels in the West Country (see my post about the Bristol Balloon Fiesta from the same trip). Whilst we were in the area S and I also spent a morning at Chepstow Castle
Chepstow is just over the border in Wales. It’s a ruined castle, which, if I remember correctly was originally a Norman castle with later Medieval additions.
I know ruined castle’s aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like this sort of thing then Chepstow is great. Maybe it’s a bit unusual but I love looking around ruined castles. Family holidays when I was a child usually involved a trip to at least one ancient monument – my Father being a big lover of history and in particularly ruined castles. I guess he’s passed that on to me too! There’s just something so evocative about a ruined castle, especially if you know a little about British history (which I flatter myself that I do) and apply a little imagination to thinking about the people who would have once inhabited these places, and what their lives must have been like.
I’m also a bit of a romance novel fan for some light, escapist reading, and Barbara Erskine is a long time favourite of mine. Her novels are often partially set in the past and often based on real historical figures who owned or lived in some of the UK’s medieval castles.