last friday our little class of four went for a field trip
with our professor to gloucestershire (the cotswolds)
to see with our own eyes much of what we've been
discussing in class: the reformation.
it was incredible to see these churches, some dating
from the 13th century, fascinating to see how iconoclasts
destroyed roman catholic images, and how roman catholics
tried very hard to keep their altars and images safe,
often hidden and buried under ground for centuries.
we drove through the most beautiful countryside.
i wish i could have taken more photos as we drove
of the charmingly beautiful homes (which are supposedly
owned by rich londoners as second homes...hmmm).
there were some wonderful gardens along the way
that made me want to go knock at the door
and ask if i could have a cup of tea and just sit
out in the garden with a book.
it was amazing to drive near the castle where
elizabeth (i) spent much of her adolescent years. incredible.
we had thirty minutes to wander around one little
town at the end of our whirlwind scholarly tour.
my fave was the ice cream, the flower shop, the baskets
for sale, and the cute little post office.
wishing i had time to go back.
wishing i had courage to try driving through
this countryside...which i will have to do at some
point once ceej gets here in a few weeks.
loving this place. so so so much.