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More churches

I’ve just left Barney making a sauce.  He wasn’t going to bother but a bit of meat juice in the pan has to be tarted up with a splash (or wallow) of wine and dribbled over the meat doesn’t it?

The sun that was shining when I left home this morning, hid behind clouds as soon as I got to Shalborne and stayed there while I investigated Ham and Inkpen churches.  I’d never realised until last night how true it is that small villages often have a car parking space by the church if nowhere else.  Usually nowhere else in fact.  Except that Inkpen’s 13th century church is approached from halfway up a very manicured driveway to “The Rectory” (which looked more like a manor) and which has ‘private, no parking’ signs and obtrusive little white anti-parking posts all over the place.  Since the church is on a steep,narrow and twisty hill this means parking dangerously on the road or blocking a field gate if you can’t walk the two hundred yards from the village (where, of course there is no parking anyway). While I appreciate that people don’t want all and sundry parking at their front gates, if you have a visit-worthy church at your gate it’s only fair to let people get at it.  There was enough space for cars to go both ways and plenty left over for one or two visitors and a nice green verge or two.  Obtrusive little white anti-parking posts piss me off anyway.  What’s wrong with chunks of granite or unobtrusive dark brown posts?*  Still it is a nice little church with a splendidly ornate, carved rood screen and a lot of lovely old wood, inside.

Ham has an ancient church as well and I enjoyed looking round.  Simple and cool.  But the reverse side of the box hedge next to the graveyard stole the show completely.  Very Bosch. **

And While Shalborne church didn’t look nearly as good today without the evening light, I explored the village and found a walk that went right round a lake concealed behind hedges and back to the church.

And now I had better organise myself for Grandbabyminding.  Duty (and washing and sorting out tomorrow’s dinner) call.


*Oops! I hope none of you have them.  Obviously in some places they look fine.  Ahem.

**As in Hieronymus, not washing machines.


March 22, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Love the first pic – very atmospheric window light

    Comment by Rog | March 22, 2012 | Reply

  2. used to be able to leave comments on photo’s..
    anyway, love the hedge , it’s very fairytale!

    Comment by ☼Illuminary☼ | March 22, 2012 | Reply

  3. This is great – is there going to be a book of church etc. photos? Do you know anything about that Annunciation in Inkpen (is this a real name?) church? And how was that sauce? And will I never stop asking questions?

    Comment by Christopher Campbell-Howes | March 23, 2012 | Reply

  4. Have you tried Yattendon Church? Wonderful in a few weeks time.

    Comment by Tim | March 23, 2012 | Reply

  5. Oh how lovely. And how appropriate for my needs about right now….. And then I scrolled down for more glimpses of what you’ve been busying yourself with. *happy sigh* I’ll look forward to catching up when the routine finds some normalcy.

    But don’t expect photos of the beaches and ocean on my end. LOL Tall buildings with glassy fronts, maybe…….at some point……..

    Thank you for all your care and concern while we’re wading through the messiness one day at a time.


    Comment by Mel | March 24, 2012 | Reply

  6. Thank you Rog. Nothing like a window for atmosphere : )

    A bit Grimm Brothers though Illuminary!

    Ooh there’s a thought! I shall have to look through my photos Christopher and see if there are enough to do something with.
    ~The annunciation in Inkpen (yes it is*) was a later addition, by Ethel King Martin in the 1920’s. There were traces of earlier paintings, too damaged for restoration. Lots of information about the church here. (too small to read on my screen though).
    ~The sauce was delicious and I hope he’ll do it again.
    ~I hope not.
    (*There was even a Roger De Inkpen, memorialised in one of the church windows. I wonder if he was related to Roger De Diss.)

    Yes Tim, several cameras and quite a long time ago : ) Must go again – it’s that doorstep thing. Possibly next time I go to buy beer from the West Berkshire Brewery : )

    Dear Mel, I know you haven’t much time for normal. Love and Hugs
    (Will be looking for glass and high buildings and missing quilt barns)

    Comment by letouttoplay | March 24, 2012 | Reply

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