Sarah is outstanding!
Sarah is outstanding!
I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no questions, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.
What I am about to share with you sounds very strange, but it is all true. Before I get into it, let me ask you a question. If you could have a vaccine passport permanently embedded into your hand, would you do it? Amazingly, some people in Sweden are willingly doing this to themselves. They are putting microchips that contain their vaccine passport information into their hands, and they are raving about how convenient this is. You can actually watch a video of this being done to someone right here.
Courtesy: Michael Snyder
Christmas at Harrods
Image one: Medieval Christmas Crackers
Image two: Joanna Buchanan
Hanging Baguette Snowflake Tree Decorations
Image three: Waterford
Crystal Mini Snowflake Tree Decoration
Image four: Gisela Graham
Image five: Harrods
Image six: Harrods
Santa Tree Decoration
Slip slidin’ away.
Portrait of an adorable kitten.
Herdwicks: The ‘smiley’ sheep that shaped the Lake District
With their grey-streaked coats and white heads, the Herdwick sheep are a distinctive feature of the Lake District landscape. They have been dotted around the hilltops for centuries and the breed’s survival was helped by the author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.
Yew Tree Farm, near Coniston, is said to be one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and it is easy to see why.
With its centuries-old stone barn and quaint farmhouse bordered by ancient trees and steep, craggy slopes, it is truly picturesque.
The welcome is warm, but the star attractions are found scattered around the fields and fells radiating out of this most idyllic farmstead.
They are the Herdwicks.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is married to Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne. (Getty)
On This Day in History 30 November 1874
British statesman, orator, and author Sir Winston Churchill, who as prime minister (1940–45, 1951–55) rallied the British people during World War II and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory, was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England.
Prepping for Boxing Day.
Gamester, Winner Of The 1859 Doncaster And Newmarket St Legers, Held By A Groom.
Artist: Harry Hall
Travel the East Midlands.
Image one: The River Wye flows through an East Midlands town (Photo: 77GR via Flickr)
Image two: The pretty exterior of a Bakewell Pudding shop (Photo: wainwright warrior via Flickr)
Image three: A view of Brackley’s Town Hall and War Memorial (Photo: Michael via Flickr)
Image four: A view of Buxton Opera House from behind the arches on The Square (Photo: Simon Harrod via Flickr)
Image five: A fisheye view of the the old Grammar School and St Dionysus Church in Market Harborough (Photo: timfilbert via Flickr)
Image six: The parish church of St Mary in Long Sutton (Photo: Gary J Brothwell via Flickr)
Image seven: Ivy-clad terraced houses in Oundle (Photo: Martin Sutton via Flickr)
Some plans have leaked for the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral (you know, the one that was hit by a devastating fire that in no way symbolized anything). They call for removing confessional boxes, altars, and classical sculptures and replacing them with a light show of scriptures projected on the walls, modern art murals with more sounds and light to create “emotional spaces,” a “discovery trail” of 14 themed chapels with an emphasis on Africa and Asia, and an environmentally-themed chapel. I am not making this up.
Some critics see this as desecration of a sacred space. On the other hand, if the goal is to gut the place of items of religious significance and replace them with trendy performance art, a lecture on diversity, and an altar to Gaia, I think they’ve absolutely nailed the Roman Catholic Church in the 21st Century.
Notre Dame must be restored inside and out to it’s original splendour.
Photo: Jonathan Borba
Oh, I see my present over there!
Moscow at Christmas
Courtesy Bridge to Moscow
Poirot Series 10 Episode 02 ‘Cards on the Table’
Fontaine de Vaucluse, Provence, France
Courtesy: See Provence
Visit a ‘Chocolate Box Village’; Lavenham, Suffolk
A visit to this Suffolk village, which gained its market charter from Henry III in 1257, offers a perfect picture of prosperous medieval England, thanks to its high street of half-timbered houses and more than 340 listed buildings. The lime-washed and brightly coloured buildings are a delight, with standouts including Corpus Christi Guildhall and the De Vere House, which starred in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. The richly decorated fifteenth and sixteenth-century St Peter & St Paul Church dominates the village with its soaring 141ft tower.
Get there: Trains run from Liverpool St to Sudbury, seven miles away, taking about 1hr 20mins. From there, the 753 bus runs to Lavenham. By car, it’s 76 miles from central London.
Courtesy bcBritain VIA Timeout
The Ivy Chelsea Garden has been transformed into the Grinch’s Whoville
Enjoy Christmas cocktails and desserts courtesy of everyone’s favourite festive menace
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195-197 King’s Road, London SW3 5EQ. Running until December 31
Courtesy Time Out