My Sunday Photo – August 6th, 2017.

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Every year the Bishop of Norwich opens his private formal gardens in the city centre on select days to raise money for different charities.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the four acre site on several occasions and it always takes my breath away.

As we were coming back from a lovely lunch a couple of weeks ago, Mark said: “Look, the Bishop’s Garden is open. Shall we go?”

Usually I would jump at the chance but a gentle pitter patter of rain was hitting the windscreen and the dark clouds overhead indicated that it might not be a short shower (and none of us had raincoats). However, not one to pass up an adventure, I said we should give it a go – especially as it was to raise money for Samaritans, Norwich.

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The gardens are something of a secret, surrounded by high walls so you’d never normally know they were there. Apparently there has been a garden on the site, although not like it is today, since about 1100AD when Bishop de Losinga began to build the cathedral and palace. There’s a history here.

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While Freya was more interested in listening to the Broadbeat Choir perform, we did manage to have a wander around the various areas, including a nose in the greenhouse.

My favourite was the wild flower labyrinth, which Freya also loved racing around to get to the centre (more pics of this on Instagram).

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Photo wise, the light was a challenge for my limited skills but it was still a lovely way to spend an hour or so.

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There are two more chances to visit the Bishop’s Garden this year on September 3rd and 10th. Admission is from 1pm – 5pm and is £3 for adults. Children and wheelchair users are free. If you’re in Norfolk it’s well worth a visit.

As always I’ve joined in with the awesome My Sunday Photo link, run by Darren at Photalife. Please click on the camera below to see the other submissions.

One last thing, please pop back tomorrow where I have another excellent Behind The Book interview for you, this time with “indie” author Julie Stock.

Wishing you a fab week.

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My Sunday Photo – Week 14.

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If you ask Freya what she wants to do that day she will most often say: “Go to the cathedral.”

I’ve tried to talk to her about what it is she enjoys about visiting but she just seems to like wandering about, which seems fair enough – especially as it’s what I enjoy too.

While I don’t have any religious faith, I admire the architecture of religious buildings – as well as the shapes and shadows they create – so I’m hoping to take her around as many different ones as possible.

The photo above is untouched but I had a play around in Fotor and used the colour splash option on this one below. Both are iPhone photos.

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My Sunday Photo – Week 31

Shadows of the Wanderer by Ana Maria Pacheco.
Shadows of the Wanderer by Ana Maria Pacheco.

I have visited Norwich Cathedral many times for work, I attended a carol service there with my friends one Christmas and whenever anyone comes to visit the city for the first time it is an essential part of the tour but I’ve never really spent time just taking it all in – until Friday.

It’s been a crazy week. I had a short turnaround on a freelance story that didn’t come together until the very last minute but, even more of a worry, Freya has been really poorly (thankfully she is on the mend now).

By Friday I was frazzled to say the least but I left my little bean in the safe hands of my parents and spent a bit of time before my next job simply wandering the cathedral. It was incredibly peaceful but also there were so many things that I hadn’t really noticed before. (I checked with one of the lovely guides that it was ok to take photos and she assured me it was.)

As I slowly walked along, pausing now and again, (including just as the sun hit the stained glass above and bathed me in a lovely warm orange light) I came across the installation which I have chosen for #MySundayPhoto.

As the caption says it is Shadows of the Wanderer by the Brazilian-born artist Ana Maria Pacheco. As a I discovered, there are three different  exhibitions of her work being staged at three different venues in the city. This one, from 2008, comprises 10 over life-size figures, “each carved from a single lime tree, that crowd close together and stand as looming shadows behind a young man carrying an older man on his back. The group recalls the tale of Aeneas, who carries his father Anchises from the ruins of burning Troy, but it also powerfully resonates with contemporary issues, particularly those of exile, asylum, migration and the displacement of people.” (Click on the quote to read more).

I found it very arresting and actually a bit of a shock but in a positive, interesting way rather than anything else. I’d be quite keen to see the other two now which are at St John’s Cathedral (Yes, Norwich has two) and the Castle Museum.

Anyway, the little time out was just what I needed. I felt very calm and relaxed again when I left.

Should you happen to be in Norwich, the exhibition is at the cathedral until September 6 and you will find it in the north transept.

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I’m sure everyone who has ever visited the cathedral has taken this shot but it’s no less impressive.

To see what everyone else has been photographing this week please click on the link below to take you to One Dad 3 Girls.

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