Wrong directions, (Melton) Constable

This is an odd one. This pineapple-topped post can be found in Holt, Norfolk. However, it was moved here from Melton Constable – nearly 5 miles away – where it was a gatepost, so the distances are wildly inaccurate.

holt distances

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Contour Chasing


Contour chasing dragonfly and shadow at Hindringham Hall. At least, I think it’s a dragonfly: comparatively stout body and eyes close together. Taken with a compact camera, not so great for this sort of shot.

This is a bit clearer: Jude has better dragonflies at rest. I’ll try to steal some. 😉


Also at Hindringham.  And here’s a damselfly (briefly) at rest. Unmistakeably. (I hope.)


Eyes well apart, wings folded lengthways, and characteristic electric blue.

Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

East Window Arch, Walsingham

east window 1

In 1061 the Virgin Mary appeared in a vision to Richeldis de Faverches in Walsingham, who built a shrine there: her son Geoffrey initiated the building of the Priory, for which the responsibility passed to the Canons Regular in the 12th century. Henry VIII was the last of many English kings to visit the shrine, but that didn’t prevent him from having the Priory dismantled in 1538.

And, on a whim, a version run through Photoshop’s watercolour filter.

east window 2

Not sure about this…

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

The Knight’s Gate, Walsingham

knights gate

The story goes that in 1314 Sir Raaf Boutetout was trying to escape from his enemies, and (understandably) praying to Our Lady of Walsingham for deliverance. Suddenly he found that he’d miraculously passed through this tiny wicket gate into the grounds of the Priory, where he was given sanctuary. Actually, this gate is a replacement, not the original. But it is pretty small. If there’s any truth in the story, then (miracles excepted) either the original gate was bigger or he was a very short knight riding a Shetland pony.

As Baron Ochs might have said (but didn’t),  ‘With me no knight is too long.’

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Binham Priory West Front

west front

When the Priory was sold off at the time of the Dissolution, the church remained largely intact and has remained in use as the Parish Church to the present day. The West Window is the earliest (more or less surviving) example of bar tracery in England (1227-1244). The structure began to fail in the 18th century and was bricked in in 1809, in order to strengthen it.

west window

When the Priory was excavated in the 1930s, a great deal of stained glass was found, which invites speculation as to how the West Window might have looked originally with the light flooding in through it. The above detail from a board found in the church at least shows what the tracery might originally have looked like.

Sadly, the interior could really use some of that light.

west window 3

Here’s an alternative view (several alternative views in fact): Postcards From…

Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow