My week has been consumed with visits to Doctors, blood tests, visits to hospital, steroid injections and lots of bed rest so I thought I would share with you a few photos that I took during a visit to Wells with Little Lady a couple of weeks ago.
Amongst my favourite moments were:
#1 Quaint Stone Houses
There are various quaint stone, terraced cottages leading in to the centre of this city. They are so cute with low front doors and smaller than average sash windows. There are no straight lines and in my view this adds to their charm. There are a number of Alms Houses too that remain simply stunning now.
According to the Wells Tourist Information:
"The history of Wells goes right back to Roman times when we know that there was a settlement, probably because of the springs that bubble up here. Wells gets its name from these springs which can today be found in the gardens of the Bishop's Palace".
Such English heritage in these walls.., if only they could speak and tell us their stories.
#2 This Wall did speak to me
As my daughter voiced her frustration "Please Mummy; can you just stop taking photos now?" I noticed this stone laid into the masonry of a corner store. I love that historically being a dealer in 'Pepper and Snuff' was important enough to be flagged on a stone plaque. A moment in history captured.
#3 St.Cuthberts Church
Apparently, this is the largest parish church building in Somerset. As we passed on the Sunday morning, the choir and congregation were singing and could be heard from the street. It was so lovely and uplifting. The stone work in this church is very detailed and the original building dates from the 13th century. It states in the information leaflet that the church often gets confused as Wells Cathedral by tourists because it is so decorative and ornate - a real visual treat.
#4 This Door!
However, the door reminded me of a Hobbit home. So cute and short in stature. Even myself at 5ft 2 would have to stoop to get through (another reason to love it from my perspective!)
Wells Cathedral and Castle are enormous in stature and very impressive! In the fore ground you can see a traffic warden - he had already given two cars tickets when we arrived. This is normally the marketplace for the city and usually bustles with thriving stalls and people. I was surprised but secretly happy that many of the shops were closed on a Sunday. Many are small independent shops which remained closed - only larger chain stores were open. Whilst there is a discussion ongoing in England concerning longer opening hours on a Sunday I was happy to see that most of these independent stores had their day of rest.
Whilst we didn't explore the Cathedral and Castle on this occasion, they dominate the skyline of the main street. Wells is "the smallest city in England with about 12,000 inhabitants. It can call itself a city because of the famous 13th century Cathedral". It has a lovely market town feel - not at all like the larger cities I've visited and was perfect for some quality chatty time with Little Lady.
We have one week left of school here before the Summer holidays start. We are all on count down and simply cannot wait for this valuable time to come! I have another course of 3 weeks of steroids so am hopeful that my health will be at its optimum for managing this time too. I do so hope you are all enjoying whatever makes you happy!!!
Today I'm delighted to be joining in with Amy's Five on Friday Linky party!
Take care until next time,