I’m going to post some photographic highlights of our recent trip to the UK and Ireland, in the order that I take a fancy to the hundreds of photos I took. Murphy’s Law’s corollaries include “if you see something really worth photographing, while you’re driving, there won’t be a place to stop for miles”. This comes about because some English and Irish roads are single track so you block all traffic both ways if you stop.
Laurie took this picture through the windshield as an illustration:
That said, I still managed to get some interesting shots. One of our side trips from my father’s place took us up to Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. Just before reaching the wall, we stopped at Lanercost Priory. Like dozens of abbeys and priories across the country, it is a marvel of civil engineering. Even when not maintained for a few centuries, following Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, it remained standing. Here is a view of the undercroft.
This dates from 1165, so they clearly built to last. Imagine the work that went into building this from stone, with a roof that would last 1,000 years. I could have sat for hours in this peaceful place, just admiring this one roof. Here is a view of the priory’s church:
These people were certainly masters of stonework. With what would seem to us like primitive tools, they substituted time and effort which would seem to be obsession to our modern, rushed lives; few would spend decades on a single task, now. But look at the love which went into these buildings and carvings like this one and think how little will be left of our digital products today, 1,000 years from now.