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Tuesday, 5 August 2014
The Essence of Tranquility.
I spent four formative years living in the medieval building on the left (above); it was quite an experience. I wish I could show you more of it as it's far more interesting than it appears in the photo. It's reputed to be the oldest residential building in Europe, and is my alma mater.
Directly opposite the entrance to my old study/bedroom etc stands the wonderful Prior Crauden's, and Undercroft Chapels (on the right above, and below), a spectacular small, two level, medieval gem.
At ground level there are two large wooden doors. The one on the right leads directly into the Undercroft Chapel; an interesting but unremarkable vaulted room. The one on the left leads into a very tight, one person, stone spiral staircase (below), and up into the delicious Prior Crauden's Chapel.
The Prior Crauden's Chapel itself is a very small, intricately carved, little room with a most extraordinarily peaceful atmosphere. When at school, I would often go up there just to sit and read a book. The place was always empty, and I was guaranteed the peace and quiet that I sought (I haven't changed). I would spend hours up there, and it amazed me that others didn't do likewise.
Underneath that rather unpleasant modern altar table is a beautiful medieval tiled mosaic of Adam and Eve.
I have often said that my sitting room here in France is one of the most calm and relaxing places I know, but Prior Crauden's Chapel has to exceed even that.
In my day there were no comfy cushions on wooden seats, one sat on the cold stone 'benches' conveniently built into the walls; I used to take my own cushion. I notice from the photo that there is even a heater in there now.
Prior Crauden's is a HIDDEN GEM. Most visitors to the school, or cathedral, never get to know of its existence, and I rather hope it stays that way.
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
4 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!