I was told that Godshill was packed at lunchtime yesterday so I headed there early. I knew none of the touristy places would be open at 8:45 BUT my photos would have no people in them!
771 All Saints, Godshill
The Lily Crucifx. The only wall paining of one in England i think.
OC would approve of the carvings at the bottom of the chaps feet.
William Morris glass
The eyes on this appear open or shut dependent on where you stand.
772 St Mary, Carisbrooke
Queen Anne hatchment
Just up the road was Carisbrooke Castle.
King Charles I who was held prisoner here before his execution.
The highlight for me were the donkey's, they've been at Carisbrooke since at least the 17th century and were employed to raise water from the well. There are five today, four who give demos (Joseph/Joe is 25 and has retired). Demos are done on the hour and last only a few minutes, the donkey's are only trained to raise the bucket, human's have to go into the wheel to lower it!
Today's donkey was Jigsaw who dutifully posed.
Apparently it can take a donkey 25-30 seconds to lift the bucket but if they are feeling energetic can do it in 10. Jigsaw was a donkey with energy. No pics of him in action as there was no flash and i couldn't get a shutter speed to freeze him!
After his work was done he came out of the wheel to pose !! Well cute
A friend relaxing!
Winkle Street Chalbourne.
I was thinking OC here!
All Saints, Chalbourne
I headed off to Freshwater Bay for lunch and sightseeing but saw this church of about 1904 ish and thought it was a pic.
St Agnes, Freshwater Bay
I walked to the cliff and then sat for several hours here.
Highlight was watching a Herring Gull chase off a peregrine, nice view in the bins!
Jackdaw - I'm quite pleased with this one.
This Mallard had the same idea as me!