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As part of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Salisbury (and also Lincoln) has a number of decorated ‘Knights’ dotted throughout the city. Much to my delight on our visit there we discovered this wonderful Knight depicting the late Sir Terry Pratchett (my favourite author) and some of his amazing Discworld characters, all wonderfully realised by the very talented Paul Kidby.

I spent quite some time picking out the individual characters, and since I am re-reading all of the books they are all very fresh in my mind. The photographs show the Knight from all angles – just to make sure I caught all the characters – and the front is a portrait of the great man himself.

The statues will be sold later this year, and I am sure this would look fantastic in my garden, but alas, I doubt I could afford it!




On our recent break we visited the English Heritage Castle of Farleigh Hungerford in Somerset, and in the chapel we found this gem; a medieval wall painting of St George and the dragon.




It has been a pretty grim few months, hence the severe lack of posting on the blog, which meant, amongst other things, that our planned holiday to Scotland had to be cancelled. Eventually, though, we did manage a few days away in Wiltshire where we visited the famous pre-historic sites and a couple of the cities.

Here is one of the tiny side streets in Bath, close to the cathedral and just off a square with a beautiful tree whose branches almost fill the entire space. It was a very busy day but this little street was quiet and would still be familiar to Jane Austen and her contemporaries.