Sunday, 28 August 2016

A Hidden Church

This is one of the ways I kept myself busy this weekend.

If it hadn't had signs for the Flower Festival I would never have found this little church tucked away in the Suffolk countryside, not very far from Ipswich.
All Saints Crowfield, a church without a tower but with a timber framed chancel. A tiny church well over a mile from the village and up a track hidden behind big trees.

My reason for visiting? They had books and jigsaws for sale as well as the flower festival.

Amongst all the boxes of books I found lots that I'd already read or owned so only bought 3. Two Christmas stories for children and the "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks. No idea what it is but it's set in 1666, the year that the Great Plague reached the village of Eyam in Derbyshire. The villagers made the decision to put themselves in quarantine, so stopping the spread of the plague but resulting in the death of 260 people.
 The jigsaw of beach huts had to come home with me obviously!

 Then I had a cuppa and a piece of delicious chocolate cake and a quick look round the flowers inside.
Sorry no pics of the lovely arrangements - it was so crowded inside - because what their ad in the East Anglian  newspaper failed to say was that they were having a service at 10am after which all the people at the service had coffee in the church which they carried around looking at the flowers, making it difficult for anyone else to get around!

THIS is what I would have seen if it hadn't been full of people and flowers.

Home through darkening skies which looked as if we were going to get big storms but only produced a small shower.

Thank you for all your prayers and kind thoughts for Colin. I shall be popping to see him later, he was feeling a bit more "with it" on Saturday.......thank goodness.

Back in a trice
Sue

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful church and surroundings.
    Glad to hear that Col was more with it yesterday. Let's hope it carries on upwards from now on-x-

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  2. Love the church and how great to find that jigsaw puzzle - it had your name on it! Hope Col will still be feeling more with it today.
    Margaret P

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  3. What a lovely church and some great buys. Still sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and your family.

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  4. What a beautiful church. Sending much love to you, Col and your family. X

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  5. I remember going to the village of Eyam on a school trip and learning all about their bravery in quarantining themselves off and stopping the plague in it's tracks.

    That is a lovely looking church, the end section looks seriously old.

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  6. Eyam is a lovely village and well worth a visit if anyone is in Derbyshire. The event is quite well documented and going around the village and little burial plots is very sobering.
    Hope Col continues to improve
    Gillx

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  7. 'Year of Wonders' is an interesting book but quite 'fanciful' in its retelling of the story of the plague in Eyam. As someone who is fairly local I always recommended 'A Parcel of Patterns' by Jill Paton-Walsh. It's young adult fiction but it's very good and well worth a read.

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  8. That church is just so sweet and how I would imagine a country church to look.
    The "Year of Wonder" book sounds fascinating, let us know what you think of it x

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  9. That church is just so sweet and how I would imagine a country church to look.
    The "Year of Wonder" book sounds fascinating, let us know what you think of it x

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  10. Lovely church - looks as though you are keeping yourself busy Sue. Love to both.

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  11. Thank you for sharing your popping out to attend the flower show at All Saints Crowfield. How nice that they still hold worship services.

    The jigsaw puzzle will be nice to do on a cold day. You do manage to snag some very good books. Well done.

    Hope Colin to feels a little better each day. Will continue with prayers.

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  12. What a wonderful Church. I am sure you will enjoy "Year of Wonders" - I love all Geraldine Brooks' work.

    Glad you found another jigsaw puzzle to keep you occupied as well.

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  13. That jigsaw of beach huts looks like a lot of fun. I'm sure that you'll enjoy it.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this photo of the church. And I popped over to see the photos of the interior.Lovely! Nice jigsaw puzzle! Glad you had a nice day out and glad Colin is on the mend today and praying for that to continue in the days ahead! Hugs and happy Sunday!

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  15. what a find! That church is beautiful.

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  16. I'm glad you had a nice day out and had a chance to see the lovely little church. I hope this is a good day for Col. Thoughts and prayers coming your way. :-)

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  17. I thought Year of Wonders was a wonderful book. I've liked all of hers except The Secret Chord, it's about King David and I felt I never really got to know him.

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  18. A lovely church. Love the beach hut puzzle.

    God bless.

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