Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She was visiting Wells Cathedral with my sister Mary, when she noticed a swan keen to keep up with what was going on.
Question 7 in Test Paper 2: Up to the End of Henry III in that fine history book ‘1066 and All That’ sets the reader this task: King John had no redeeming features. (Illustrate.)
It was a King John day here today with no redeeming features but I am sadly unable to illustrate it, as I took no pictures.
This was the furthest extent of my view, seen at the end of an hour’s journey on the bike to nowhere.
The view at the start of the trip was remarkably similar.
I did have quite a productive time indoors, finishing the cataloguing of the recorder music and putting a couple of weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database. Mrs Tootlepedal was busy. She ventured out on business in the morning when it wasn’t raining, and nearly got blown off her bike. Then she hemmed a curtain and set about crocheting a cushion cover.
We did contemplate a sheltered walk after lunch, in spite of the very strong winds, but by the time that we had got organised to go out, sheets of light rain were being blown across the town. It was just as well that we decided not to go, because by the time that we would have finished the walk, the rain was absolutely pouring down.
It is going to be cold and windy again tomorrow, but it looks as though there will be enough sunshine for a walk.
I didn’t look out of the window very often today. but when I did peer through the gloom, I couldn’t see a single bird, let a one a flying one.
The flying bird of the day is therefore a portrait of King John from the National Portrait Gallery collection which they kindly allowed me to download.
by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1597-1618