Great weather and friendly staff at the church and it’s newly opened tea room. The church has history back to the early 13th Century. I was showed the lamb holding the lamp above the alter. The Explorer Tea Room on the church premises offers excellent freshly cut sandwiches and cakes with very reasonable price. We have a very good day.
The weather was good. The buildings and gardens were beautiful. We had a most enjoyable day.
A fine day. There were many visitors around both inside and outside the castle boundary wall.
St Mary Church Portchester was built in the 1120’s within the grounds of Portchester Castle. The caretaker of St Mary Church was such a nice man. He saw me sketching and offered to move his car from the front of the church without being asked. He told me the gate in front of the church is called lych gate and was used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman’s arrival. A bit of education.
Only three of us today. Apologise, if I have missed anyone. The weather was not great but nonetheless we have a productive morning before the rain getting heavy.
Many congratulations to Hilary Dancer for winning an award from Daler Rowney. Her painting “Love London” was judged best in show at the Wokingham Summer Exhibition by representatives from the company and she has been given the privilege of one week’s residency in their artist’s studio in Bracknell. The prize will include an opportunity to see the manufacturing processes and to use any of the products Daler Rowney have to offer. Well done Hilary!
“Love London” will be on show at Wokingham Art Society Exhibition in St Paul’s Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH until Saturday 5 August.
The impressive mottle and shell keep was founded in 1138 by Bishop Henry of Blois. We had a brighter day this year than the last one. Photos by Tony Karavis.