Saturday, April 14, 2012

April Photo Challenge, day 9: Cold

It is currently 102 in Niger and 48 in Oxford, so yes, we're a little cold!  It's a bit of a shock to our systems!!  We've gone for long walks the past two days and it really hasn't been too bad out in the sunshine.

Today we walked out to an old church I had discovered last time we were here....St Margaret of Antioch, Binsey. John and I looked around and sat there in the quiet for awhile.  It was very chilly in the church and I can't imagine what it was like in the old days in the winter to come there to worship. There is neither heating nor electricity in the church to this very day.

A memorial stone on the floor from 1670

A collection of candlesticks for use during services

A unique headstone in the cemetery
The present church has a Norman foundation and was rebuilt some time around the 13th century.  The church is famous because it was a medieval pilgrimage site.  The well on the property was reputed to have healing powers.  In Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland the treacle well to which he refers is the well at this little church.

Here's one lady that won't feel cold with her coat of fur!

Walking across the meadow I snapped this picture of a couple keeping warm during their romantic walk.  I love her skirts and boots!

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