St Cuthbert's Final Journey

Following 9th century monks as they flee from invading vikings with the body of St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne Gospels – and undertake a momentous journey that helps shape England

Forest Fire…the Symbolism of Trees

It’s getting dark quickly. I’m leaning on a viewing platform on the edge of a forest, looking down a valley, then up again at Bilsdale, about the same height as … Continue reading

June 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Closer to home…acid rain, missing graveyards and wishful memories of a long lost Daddy

Closer to home now; not the home I made for myself, or the home I grew up in, but the home of my grandparents, where my Mam grew up as … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Settling down…

The sound of nature settling down, having its last swansong before the dark comes, safe in the knowledge it will be at least another hour or so before it starts … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mutilated Effigies, a Deserted Medieval Village and a Sub-Sea Engineer in Cuthbert’s Town

The church at South Cowton is fortress-like, its solid no-nonsense walls and thin windows built to withstand the tumultuous times it was built in – the 15th Century; when life … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

Human Jawbones and Captured Crows…

We drive back and forth through Overton a few times, can’t spot a church anywhere, wonder if we really do have the right Overton this time; there are eight in … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 7 Comments

Quarries, Coalyards and Viking York

Another cold night to come, heightened by the fact we’ve realised why the second gas bottle wasn’t working properly: it’s empty! A cold meal of bread, oil, tomatoes, cheese and … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 6 Comments

Perfidious and Perverse, and Overripe for Rebellion – that’s us Northerners

British history, I think it’s fair to say, is mainly English history, but we can break it down further than that: most of it is Southern English history told by … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

Saddleworth Moor

At four hundred metres above sea level, Saddleworth Moor is situated within the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. There’s little green here, unlike the previous night; … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stone Circles, Shrunken Heads and Wind Turbines…

We find it eventually, after driving to Great Salkeld instead of Little Salkeld and finding out you haven’t been able to go directly from one to the other for hundreds … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · 9 Comments

St Ninian’s Cave and Whithorn

“Galloway is known for its Christian church, more ancient than the churches of Iona or Canterbury…the countryside was rich. It is tempting to speak of milk and honey. Medieval food … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 4 Comments