April 26, 2011

Living "The Children's Book"

N.B. There are a lot of images in this post.

Slowly but surely, I am working my way through "The Children's Book" by A.S.Byatt.

It's wonderful. Part of me wants to read it really quickly, the other part of me wants to take it slowly, so that I can savour every moment of it. The characters are like dear friends now, and the areas where the story has been, I have been to.

A couple of weekends ago, I decided to go to Rye, one of the well trod destinations in the book. While no doubt, it will have changed since the turn of the last century, it is still a pretty little place where people will stop and say hello or good morning. I feel like I may have been in London to long, as the first time it happened, I was a surprised.

I wandered up one street and found myself at St Mary's. I climbed to the top of the tower, smacking my head into one of the low doorways. Given I'm not the tallest person in the world, it makes me wonder how short the builders and original bell ringers would have been.

View from the top of St Mary's, overlooking the town.

View from St Mary's, overlooking Romney Marsh
Romney Marsh sounds like such an amazing place to explore. While I was looking at this scene I really wanted to go out and play.

Inside St Mary's. This was going to be my Easter card, had I gotten around to sending it.

For interests sake. Not sure if the body was ever sent home.

Looking through the cherry blossoms. The cross on the left is the war memorial.
Ypres Castle
I took this picture because I like the name of the house.

Walking back down to the High Street past Lamb House

See details of this gate in the next picture.

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Last weekend, Angie and I went exploring along Old Street and Shoreditch. Primarily because I had seen a cemetary near one of the bus stops and I wanted to explore. We started at the Barbican Tube station and went towards Charterhouse Square. Charterhouse is one of three building Elizabeth I would still recognise if she came back to London

For those of you who pay attention to the facades of tv characters homes, you'll recognise this as Poirot's home.
Tomb stone of John Bunyan. I was excited because I own a 1930 copy of it. As you can see by his date of death, my copy is quite young considering.

Top of Bunyan's tomb

Tokens on top of William Blakes headstone

Daniel Defoe

This is Bruce. His little mate was Bruce. In fact, all squirrels shall now be called Bruce.

Giant grafitti Bruce

*All photos are copywrite to me. The only one I don't own is the cover of the book.


  1. Squirrels!
    How do you pronounce the castles' name?
    And what kind of camera do you use? Your pics are great!

  2. Staish, it's a little Cannon Ixus 110. It's the replacement of the one that got dropped in Egypt.

  3. Poirot's apartment block!! So cool! I love the Art Deco buildings they use all the time in the series.
    Only just catching up with this post. Rye looks hugely interesting, and especially love the piccie of Bruce. I wonder if the graffiti squirrel is a Banksy?
    Love the new layout by the way. It is beautiful!