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While I'm at it, I thought I'd post some photos I took with my new camera while I was down in Norfolk. I think it was the Sunday after Xmas when I went for a short walk round the roads near my parents' house in Wymondham.

This is a fairly typical view of the around around Wymondham: huge skies, but not utterly flat, like the fens.

Norfolk has a lot of fabulous old trees like this one

And across the fields, it the distinctive shape of Wymondham Abbey, wiith its two towers. The monks didn't like having to share their church with the ordinary folk of the town, so they blocked off acess to the bell tower. The people built their own bell tower at the other end. The rest of the monastry is now lost, except for a single stone arch, and the monk's tower is empty and open on one side. The people's end of the church is a flourishing parish church. There must be a moral about the abuse of power there somewhere.

And finally:
A pair of glasses randomly tucked into a notice about not letting your dog foul the pavement.. It's the kind of thing you'll never know the answer to.


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3rd Jan, 2010 07:15 (UTC)
I love the tree, and the glasses are probably so people can read the sign and not say they couldn't
3rd Jan, 2010 10:39 (UTC)
Lovely scenery and skies.

I'd say someone found the glasses in the street and put them there in the hopes the owner saw them.
3rd Jan, 2010 15:29 (UTC)
That's what I thought, but I like roobarb's explanation better.
3rd Jan, 2010 12:47 (UTC)
Pretty pictures :-)
3rd Jan, 2010 16:51 (UTC)
Re Wymondham Abbey:

Pershore Abbey, in the town where I grew up, has a similar story. Except that when the monastery was dissolved, the townspeople decided to trade up. So what was the monks' half of the church is now a busy parish church, whilst the old townspeople's half of the building has gone the way of the rest of the monastery.

The townsfolk also took over the neighbouring church, which had previously been used by tenants of Westminster Abbey. The Pershore Abbey monks wouldn't let them use the main abbey church either so they went and built their own right next to it. It all got a bit silly.
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