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It’s been another mixed but productive day here at Bigland Towers. The pair of us have been busy beavering away at home and enjoying the fine weather which is gracing us once again. Well, when I say ‘enjoying’ I mostly mean looking at it through windows as we’ve both spent most of the day staring at screens of one sort or another. Still, I can’t complain. I’ve occupied my time alternating between writing and preparing surplus slides ready to restock my eBay account after a years break from selling. As well as old railway slides I’ve still got a selection of railway memorabilia to put up for sale – all of which will appear over the next week or so as it’s a labor-intensive process when you have hundreds of unique items to catalogue and add, but more of this anon.

Away from screens I did manage to get out for a daily constitutional later in the afternoon, which was glorious as the sun was really starting to show its strength. I don’t mind having to take vitamin D tablets but I’d much rather top up my levels by basking in the sun – something I’ve missed terribly over the pandemic years…

Tomorrow I’ve an appointment over in Huddersfield, so I’m looking forward to having some time out and perhaps a bit of rolling blogging, depending on events. In the meantime, here’s the picture of the day which come from the end of another old slide album which I’ve finally completed. This is the penultimate one remaining from my 1990s years and the final one before my world changed when I gave up working as a Housing Officer in London to travel the world for 18 months. Little did I know then what the future would hold…

Today’s picture dates from August 1997 when Lynn and I were cycling around Norfolk on a long weekend. We’d often load our bikes onto a train and head off into East Anglia. North Norfolk was a favorite as it wasn’t as flat so had more of interest – as well as a great coastline. On this trip we discovered the Slipper Chapel in Little Walsingham, which has a fascinating history.

Our bikes are resting outside a chapel built in the mid-14th century that’s dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The chapel served pilgrims on their way to England’s Nazareth (Walsingham). Saint Catherine was the patron saint of pilgrims to the Holy Land and her knights kept open the road to Nazareth during the Crusades. Her tomb lies in the Mount Sinai Monastery, in the Basilica of the Annunciation. As on Mount Sinai where Moses took off his shoes because he was on holy ground, pilgrims to England’s Holy Land used to remove their shoes and walk the Holy Mile into Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel – hence its name. After the Reformation the Chapel was used variously as a poor house, a forge, a cow shed and a barn. It was restored to the Catholic Church in 1896.

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