2 March 2011

tales of Canterbury


a couple of weekends ago, the junkaholic + husbondo, when off on a day excursion from dusty ol'London, to the misty spires of Canterbury. It's about an hours drive from our flat. 

on arrival, i was quite stunned by how tidy and well stocked its town centre is, little cobbled streets filled with 16th century shops. Many delightful eateries to choose from too. Also, a small canal with no shopping trollies...

rather liked this idea for covering old lamp shades and chairs, hmm...

of course the main reason for visiting Canterbury has to be to visit the cathedral no?

it was quite spectacular indeed, being not of the god worshipping variety, I always feel a bit of a hypocrite to visit churches, but from an Architectural point of view...bloody amazing!

after wandering and wondering, we had a refuel at the local cafe, and then off in search of other delights. And, after getting lost yet again! we happened across the smallest village in the world, that has a small river as its main road!

and I'm guessing these are the locals...

and then, after that, we went back to London, stopping off for our post 3pm cup of tea and slice o'cake, at... Rochester, where there were honestly the wonkiest buildings in Britain that are still standing, just about...

{sorry, the one on the right is not wonky, its just nice!}
and we saw Rochester cathedral, which I hear, is the subject of new mahoosive movie, coming out soon. The atmosphere was pretty gloomy, I don't think even ghostly ghouls would be bothered to get out of their coffins.
Drizzle, dark, cold winds, ...yum.

spectacular none the less, but I kept thinking of Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, i can see why he was so blimmin moody now!
ANYways, well worth a trip if your out that way!


  1. Looks like you had a lovely day out - what fab pictures. I just bought a lampshade like that from a charity shop, and am now thinking about covering it....! Thanks for the tip!

  2. I've not been to Canterbury, but now I've seen your pictures I would love to go. Love your felty shoes and your hat makes you look a bit like Pootle Flump. In a good way of course.. xx

  3. Eydís... the Icelander ;)2.3.11

    Incredibly pictures. I want to go to Canterbury and Rochester and all of those places immediately!

    Oh, hehe, and well said on the church-looking-hypocrite feeling. I have always had such a fascination with church buildings, they are amazing sights, even though I'm not religious.

    Thank you for posting those pictures, Canterbury and Rochester are now officially on my mental "places to visit one day" list.

  4. Husband and I had a daytrip to Rochester a couple of weekends ago to pick up an ebay purchase. We did the same sights as you and it was also a grey and dreary day, but still a lovely day out!

  5. Exceptionally lovely pictures, as always! I get a feeling that I should have done a lot more church-visiting while in England than I actually did (I stayed six months for a semester abroad in 2009):D
    However, I do know that slightly awkward feeling you get when entering a church, especially when you're not particularly religious yourself (which holds true for me as well). Everything suddenly feels so holy and impressive.
    But then, I can always say I'm a historian and need to look at places ;D

  6. gorgeous pictures! I'm envious of your life, mostly where you live!

  7. what a delightful day out. One to add to my list x

  8. What a lovely day out. Beautiful places. x

  9. great photos! i want to be there :)

  10. love!
    such pretty pictures. I have now gone and bought some birkinstocks after seeing how ace they look on you!

  11. All the places you visit are so picturesque. You just make me fall more and more in love with the British countryside.

  12. isnt the architecture just amazing- and when you think about it, they were build ages ago; how good were all their materials and techniques of building!

  13. I love the photo with the lamp, so gorgeous Artemis !!! It seems you had a great time there, and reminds me how much I miss England ! My boyfriend is going to Canterbury with his students next month, I wish I could jump in his suitcase like a mouse !!!

  14. What a lovely trip...i spent every weekend in canterbury with my nan & used to drag her round the cathedral every week (that was before you had to pay....fab city one of the places i miss since moving up north.

  15. Ahhh...Rochester. I spent my childhood sitting in the weird cut out bits in the castle walls, eating my picnic lunch and pretending to be a long lost princess. I still love it there so it's rather lovely to see your pictures!

  16. Amazing pictures! I love your new banner and thing;look great!

  17. I really like Canterbury, I can't believe I couldn't bring myself to visit again last year...I was living in Kent!

  18. Such beautiful pictures....Mr ash actually grew up in Rochester and went to Kings School so i have spent many wonderful days wandering around there, I could tell you most of the shop names off by heart but my favourites have to be baggins massive book shop and capture the castle with its pretty furnishings oh and tony lorenzo's fr the best coffee ever! :)
    We also spent a christmas break in canterbury and that pretty shop you look so cute outside of sells the most wonderful jewellery i have ever seen, so unusual and most if it antique did you get to see its window displays at all?
    Im so glad Nao's family are all well and safe.