19 Feb 2015

Snowdrops



The first snowdrops appeared in our garden at the end of January.


Every year in the month of February I think I'll make a return visit
to Babworth Church in Nottinghamshire
after going there in 2013 to do some family history research
 on my great grandfather, Charles. (At the time I was able to confirm
that he was buried somewhere in the woodland churchyard after contacting
the Nottingham Register Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
 The records were not in the church, although the church warden
was very helpful and looked in the registers kept there).

The church has a Snowdrop Weekend on the second Sunday of February
 when visitors can see the snowdrops that are growing there,
 but once more we missed the date, although I'm sure they'll
be flowering for a while longer just as they are in our garden.

However, our Berkshire daughter went with her friend
 to the church of St. Botolph's, Swyncombe
 in S. Oxfordshire on Sunday afternoon.
She told me about what she saw as she knew I would be interested
and sent me some photos.

 You can read more about Swyncombe Church which we visited
 one time on our way down to Berkshire here .

Summer 2013

February 2015




After prayers in the churchyard including The Canticle of the Sun,
 a song of praise composed by St. Francis of Assisi, 
there were refreshments of tea and  home-made cake in the church
and then the service of  Choral Evensong.



a lancet window with stained glass depicting St. Botolph


36 comments:

  1. I think I've mentioned before that I once visited Babworth Church with a couple of friends one of whom was writing a trail booklet about the Pilgrim Fathers' North Nottinghamshire connections and re visited a few years ago when we had to collect a birth certificate from Retford Register office and passsed Babworth on the way. It is a lovely church, although I haven't seen inside, and I guess it looks wonderful with the churchyard covered in snowdrops. The church at Swyncombe also looks fascinating:)

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    1. Taking one of those history trails connected with the Pilgrim Fathers is another one of my plans for the future, Rosie.

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  2. You can read about it here as well.
    http://graveplace.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/st-botoph-swyncome.html
    The Snowdrops were coming out in January at a lot of of Places round here, it's the weather we are having

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    1. Thank you for the link, Bill. I shall pass the information about your blogs onto my Berkshire daughter's friend who sends emails to family in America about British places of interest.

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  3. I love snow drops and is so nice to see them out. There a lot in the hedgerows as I drive to work and it's great to see them all.

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    1. The first Spring flowers always give one a sense of hope and pleasure especially snowdrops growing wild in woodlands and hedgerows.

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  4. I find visiting these old churches that are often tucked away in rural locations yet associated with well known personalities and past events really fascinating. They seem timeless and peaceful even when there are other visitors in the church or churchyard. When there's a personal connection they're even more meaningful. Even though we didn't get there last weekend I can picture Babworth Church and the woodland churchyard and the snowdrops in my mind's eye.

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  5. Snowdrops in a churchyard are a beautiful sight I think. There is something very special about it isn't there. xx

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    1. Flowers growing in a churchyard are uplifting for those who go there for various reasons. I'm thankful for those who tend churchyards, plant bulbs and keep everything looking tidy.

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  6. I think church yards are lovely settings for snowdrops. There's a church near here which has a snowdrop weekend, in fact, come to think of it, I think it's this weekend.

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    1. These snowdrop weekends are enjoyable. Probably there are more events going on all this month as the carpets of snowdrops appear according to the location, difference in temperature and weather conditions. It's lovely that Spring bulbs are there even under the snow ready to appear and delight us.

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  7. i have never seen snowdrops and they are fascinating to me and beautiful.. i love the old stone crosses in the cemetery.

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    1. We have snowdrops and you have gorgeous hibiscuses, Sandra.

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  8. Love the Snowdrops --and what a beautiful old church and cemetery. I hope you can make it there sometime on that special weekend. Glad your daughter got there and could send you pictures... Gorgeous.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy. The problem is the travelling far in bad weather in the early months of the year in search of
      masses of snowdrops, but we'll certainly be out and about visiting places of interest in the coming months, especially in Berkshire.

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  9. Those snowdrops are so beautiful and I love visiting beautiful village churches, thank you for taking me along xxx

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    1. Thanks Kezzie. Glad you enjoyed this post :)

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  10. Oh what a heavenly carpet of snowdrops, I almost want to ask the priest not to step on them!! I do enjoy old cemeteries, they are becoming havens for wildlife and wildflowers....and the inscriptions are always so interesting.xxx

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    1. I know you feel passionately about wildlife and wildflowers so I can understand what you mean about the priest standing in the middle of the delicate snowdrops! It's good that wildlife can thrive in old churchyards.

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  11. Your snowdrops are lovely, and I enjoyed the church pictures. There is something so comforting about old English churches. Have a good one!

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    1. I appreciate the ancient parish churches. Congregations are small and there are now team ministries that serve them so we're fortunate to have them open as they're part of our heritage. Have a good day yourself!

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  12. How lovely of your daughter to send these photos. Very pretty church indeed and the snowdrops make it even more beautiful. Thank you for sharing your daughter's photographs Linda.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the snowdrops and hope you have a good weekend, Denise.

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  13. So happy to see your snowdrops. It is so cold here, it is breaking age old records with more snow coming tomorrow. It has been a very cold and snowy February. So ready for a taste of spring. Thanks for sharing your snowdrops with us.
    Cindy

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    1. It's good to hear from you Cindy! I know you're weather is extreme and grim at the moment. We're all looking forward to the Springtime. Meanwhile, all the best :)

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  14. The Snowdrops look lovely, I think it has been a good year for them as I have noticed more, or it's the only flower braving the cold weather. And who ordered more snow...! that was not on my list for February !!
    Amanda xx

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  15. There's something special about seeing those first snowdrops as they push up and begin to flower even in the snowy condtions we've had these past two months. :)

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  16. Come sempre rimango incantata dai tuoi bellissimi post. Foto e luoghi bellissimi e che dire dei bucaneve? Una favola!!!!!
    Baci. Emi

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    1. Buona giornata, Emi. Siamo felici quando i bucaneve iniziano a fiorire. Sono delicate ma crescono anche in mezzo alla neve!
      Baci, Linda :)

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  17. I love snowdrops...I always think of them as the flower of hope as I know that the weather is slowly going to improve and the days get longer when I see them...out local churchyard is in full flower with them at the moment.

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    1. I'm sure the snowdrops in your churchyard are an uplifting sight. We're all looking forward to better weather although today we're back to it being bitterly cold with rain and sleet! Glad to hear your bees are all right in this cold weather and hope you week goes well.

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  18. Love these photos, Linda. England is so pretty, and the carpets of snowdrops are lovely. I hope you have a wonderful week! Bess

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    1. Thank you Bess. I hope you have a good week also.
      Linda :)

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  19. How I would love having snowdrops in my garden. They are so beautiful!
    The church is just lovely also. Thanks for all you share.

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  20. Snowdrops are one of the flowers I plan to have in the new garden, Linda. I really enjoyed your photos of these two snowdrop weekends. One of the churches in my last parishes in Oxfordshire has a carpet of snowdrops every year and holds a snowdrop weekend to raise funds.

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  21. What a beautiful sign that spring has arrived!

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