Historic sights

Last week was spent visiting family in England, in an old village with roots going back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons.

The High Street was full of surprises.

A rusty weather vane reminded me of myself

And pointed the way to an old clock tower, now a faded home to pigeons.

I ambled down pretty side streets until I spied a wooden entrance next to an old church.

I peeked through a hole in the wood to snap these 200-year-old graves.

A moment of contemplation. A reminder to appreciate the living.

So, I turned homewards to family – to another historic sight.

This is me (the small normal one?) with my three siblings.

It’s been four years since we are all together in the same place.

As you can see, our parents are so proud that they raised four well-balanced and sane kids!

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88 responses

  1. Hehehe, in that pic, you *do* look like the sanest of the sibs! πŸ˜‰


    June 6, 2011 at 16:51

  2. Sane or not everyone seems to have such a great time together. Lovely family photograph πŸ™‚


    June 6, 2011 at 17:08

  3. JM

    Great finds, I especially like the grave composition. Awesome! Nice family portrait, I bet you all had a wonderful time.


    June 6, 2011 at 17:16

  4. Hahaha LOVE IT!!Seems like a happy bunch! Your one sister really looks a lot like you. Glad you had such a good time together.


    June 6, 2011 at 17:21

  5. A photo likes this makes me wish I had siblings.


    June 6, 2011 at 17:26

  6. You are all delightful!


    June 6, 2011 at 17:28

  7. ha… your fam looks fun…and love that pic of the tombstone…great affect….


    June 6, 2011 at 17:39

  8. Jim

    You may be the smallest Fiona, but I am sure you are the mightiest!!!
    That village sounds and looks lovely. Love your first shot!


    June 6, 2011 at 17:54

  9. I love the shot of the weathervane, and the happy, fun shot of you with your family. Wonderful!


    June 6, 2011 at 18:10

  10. It certainly looks like family insanity is commensurate with family fun in that last photo!!! Glad you had a fun reunion!


    June 6, 2011 at 18:28

  11. How fun! You all seem sane,just not stuffy.


    June 6, 2011 at 18:30

  12. What to say I love best? The muted light on your historic finds is wonderful – I felt as though I was peeking with you into the graveyard. However, that sibling portrait is the highlight for sure. Now your children will know that you’re the well-behaved one!


    June 6, 2011 at 20:18

  13. Nice to see a happy family !!!

    Have a great evening
    hugs from us all …..


    June 6, 2011 at 20:53

  14. Very nice photos! You and your family look wonderful! Thanks for sharing!


    June 6, 2011 at 21:04

  15. Funny.
    Glad to hear you are having a good time together.


    June 6, 2011 at 21:19

  16. Looks great fun! I like your shots of the pretty Sussex village.


    June 6, 2011 at 21:24

  17. What a terrific old town!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Cananda.


    June 6, 2011 at 21:25

  18. Wonderful to see you with your sisters and brother. Are they all very tall, or are you very short? Just wondering?


    June 6, 2011 at 21:34

    • They are giants, what can I say? πŸ˜‰


      June 7, 2011 at 05:53

  19. Fantastic post and photos as always! It does look as though all of you had a wonderful time! You’re a very lovely lady! And such a beautiful old town! I love it! Enjoy your week!



    June 6, 2011 at 21:34

  20. I love the weathervane. The family shot is great. I enjoyed all the photographs.


    June 6, 2011 at 21:39

  21. Yes, I’m quite sure your parents are proud. πŸ™‚ Your family looks like it must be full of fun.


    June 6, 2011 at 22:06

  22. Β· Nice to meet you, the most pretty on the picture.

    Β· regards

    CR & LMA


    June 6, 2011 at 22:22

  23. you purposely did not make a crazy face to bug your siblings did you? very nice shot. i really like the shots you took while out on a walk.


    June 6, 2011 at 22:29

  24. It looks like a picturesque village.


    June 6, 2011 at 22:46

  25. Is it crazy that I am most curious about your sister’s blue gloves????


    June 6, 2011 at 22:56

  26. Hehe, how nice! Wonderful family!


    June 6, 2011 at 23:22

  27. Loving the shot of the old tombstones with those flowers!


    June 6, 2011 at 23:57

  28. I don’t know which shot I like best. They all reach out to me. Thank you.


    June 7, 2011 at 00:19

  29. Al

    Nice photos. I love the family portrait!


    June 7, 2011 at 01:29

  30. A lovely glimpse of the village! Adore the old clock! And what a fun family photo!


    June 7, 2011 at 02:05

  31. What a wonderful walk. I so enjoyed peeping at the tombstones with you. Nice lookin’ family!


    June 7, 2011 at 02:13

  32. This photos look like they were taken in Fairy Tale World. And what a great shot of your very lovely and goofy family!! I wouldn’t want any other kind.


    June 7, 2011 at 02:15

  33. Wonderful historical sights.


    June 7, 2011 at 04:01

  34. What happened to your sister’s faces? You certainly got the looks in the family!! πŸ™‚ Looks fun and glad you had a good time. Great pics as always! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!


    June 7, 2011 at 04:25

  35. Your family looks like a lot of fun!


    June 7, 2011 at 04:30

  36. Your sisters remind me of my brothers, always up to something. Your brother reminds me of my brothers, too. LOL
    Love the photos of your visit home.
    β€” K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel


    June 7, 2011 at 04:40

  37. Dear, Lady Fi,
    Love the photos & old grave sites.
    You are Beautiful…and quite normal !! xx


    June 7, 2011 at 04:58

  38. You all look like a fun bunch. I would love to go looking around those old churches.


    June 7, 2011 at 05:03

  39. My idea of fun – all of that history, plus your family all together, too. Love that photo!!


    June 7, 2011 at 05:18

  40. Your family photo is heratwarming! In Japan, people like to make a V sign for photos.
    The 200-year-old graves are interesting.
    Wonderfu shot! Have a great day!


    June 7, 2011 at 05:43

  41. Loved your family picture!
    Wonderful post!

    Must tell you how much I enjoy my visits here!
    Pure joy!

    Margie πŸ™‚


    June 7, 2011 at 05:55

  42. Kata

    My sister and I have a special face that we were pulling for the photo- not our usual look!! And Fi, at one stage, was groping Ali’s bottom to get her to giggle so don’t be fooled by her appparently ‘normal’ exterior….I think the blue gloves were Iain’s as he uses them for work, and as for the shower cap…well, that’s another blog story for Fi to tell altogether!!
    And yes, Fi is just under 5ft, the rest of us have Dad’s height…


    June 7, 2011 at 06:11

  43. πŸ™‚ that was lovely, the entire collection, each in its own way! captured the essence so well!! enjoy your pics always, but dont always comment, but this seemed extra special! πŸ™‚


    June 7, 2011 at 06:46

  44. Happy family reunion! I’m glad to see such a nice picture of you and your siblings… you’re so attractive, ladyfi.


    June 7, 2011 at 07:23

  45. Have more fun! πŸ™‚


    June 7, 2011 at 07:24

  46. nice series from these old things
    and nice to meet you in the last photo

    kind regards, Bram


    June 7, 2011 at 07:31

  47. this is a delightful family photo.:p
    terrific 3rd photo. enjoy our time with family and friends.


    June 7, 2011 at 08:42

  48. Classic photos and the last one definitely the best πŸ˜€

    My Yatra Diary…


    June 7, 2011 at 08:56

  49. Hi there – seems to be a bit of a clock theme happening this week!

    Very nice pictures.

    Stewart M.


    June 7, 2011 at 10:10

  50. Great photos, with very good frames. My favorite is the tombs, with a light and lovely texture. Greetings.


    June 7, 2011 at 11:09

  51. Interesting photos Fi. Specially liked your family photo – Dave


    June 7, 2011 at 11:53

  52. Clearly a great trip home – and I love that weathercock!


    June 7, 2011 at 12:28

  53. Great photos! Hope you meet more frequently in the future.


    June 7, 2011 at 12:29

  54. Very good family.It is the most happy thing to live together healthy.


    June 7, 2011 at 16:11

  55. Some very quaint architecture in these shots.
    Nicely captured indeed.
    I presume you had a good trip


    June 7, 2011 at 18:08

  56. a lovely bonding image!!


    June 7, 2011 at 18:28

  57. These are marvelous!


    June 7, 2011 at 19:05

  58. what a lovely family and how wonderful that you all got to be together. You must miss them very much. I love the photo of the grave. I love old graves. I actually find them comforting…not sure why. They get such a nice patina.


    June 7, 2011 at 19:27

  59. Beautiful Post, thought that was your brother and sisters there.


    June 7, 2011 at 19:40

  60. what can I say… I totally love it. πŸ™‚


    June 7, 2011 at 19:58

  61. Fun! πŸ™‚


    June 7, 2011 at 20:15

  62. beautiful shots. love them all, especially the tombstone, really powerful, great composition and angle.

    hope you’re having a good day!



    June 7, 2011 at 21:13

  63. That’s a real nice picture of the 3 sisters !! Looks like 3 teenagers having fun !! lol !


    June 7, 2011 at 21:14

  64. Sorry was the wrong link !


    June 7, 2011 at 21:15

  65. Ha ha! Your sisters are so funny!
    I hope you had a great time home. πŸ™‚

    The weathervane is very Julie Andrews!
    Like one of the scenes from the Sound of Music. πŸ™‚


    June 7, 2011 at 23:25

  66. cloudia

    You returned with TREASURE!

    Aloha from Waikiki πŸ™‚

    Comfort Spiral





    June 8, 2011 at 04:01

  67. These are really delightful. I love what you do with history and family in this one!


    June 8, 2011 at 04:50

  68. hah, sure you had a good time…great, funny shot!


    June 8, 2011 at 14:28

  69. Happy times, we have also just retuned from a trip to the UK and time with our daughters, first time we had seen one of them for fifteen months and even longer since the four of us had all been together.


    June 8, 2011 at 15:34

  70. Jen

    Too cool, you got to spend time with siblings. How very wonderful!!!

    Love all of your shots, they are amazing.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


    June 8, 2011 at 19:57

  71. You make me want to get back to England! I have three brothers and no sisters, so I know how your brother must feel! (and I got to see them all this past weekend!)


    June 8, 2011 at 20:08

  72. Nothing better than family!


    June 8, 2011 at 20:31

  73. Glad you got together. Maybe it’s me but you all look fairly normal. Ish. πŸ˜‰


    June 8, 2011 at 21:31

  74. such a joy to go home and spend time with family. I adore the photo of the grave stones and flowers…exquisite artistry!


    June 8, 2011 at 23:42

  75. Love the family photo!


    June 9, 2011 at 01:23

  76. Gorgeous shot of the tomb stones! What camera have you used there or did you photoshop in the black edging? Love the shot of the clock too, wonderful!


    June 9, 2011 at 03:16

    • I shot the graves through a hole in a wooden plank which has created the black edging. (I don’t have photoshop.) I have a Canon 500D.


      June 9, 2011 at 05:34

  77. Looks like a sane nomal family to me ! What a lovely little village for your reunion. Lovely photos, so glad you had a good time.


    June 9, 2011 at 05:36



    June 9, 2011 at 14:19

  79. Dear Fi, you don’t know how much I have enjoyed this post!!! I love your photos – EACH AND EVERY ONE.
    And graveyards… well, I must peek and read the stones.
    Your siblings are wonderful, how awesome to see your reunited. The photo is adorable! BUT, I must say that the NORMAL ones are they- at least in my family that’s what is considered NORMAL, loL!!


    June 9, 2011 at 14:58

  80. Hi Lady Fi! Wonderful photo of you and your siblings. I did recognize your barefoot sis..what was up with the blue gloves? Nice to see your other sis and your brother too..normal is not very much fun..it seems you all have personality plus! I enjoyed the family photo and you got a great shot at the graveyard through that hole ..awesome! You are so right..appreciate the living:)


    June 9, 2011 at 15:08

  81. It seems you had a wonderful, nostalgic trip. Pity about some of your siblings. πŸ˜‰ Sucking on a piece of lemon maybe? The gravestone image was particularly beautiful.


    June 9, 2011 at 15:39

  82. Too cute. I can see the resemblance between your sisters.. it’s in their lips. πŸ˜‰

    Lovely images.. the gravestones are wonderful.


    June 9, 2011 at 19:27

  83. Loved those pictures and you made me smile with the fam! Love the silly ones best.


    June 9, 2011 at 22:55

  84. Beautiful images of a historic walk, Fi… but there is nothing historical about that fabulous photo of you with your siblings! I don’t see insanity at all, just good fun with happy handsome people. Besides, I do that thing with the lips for kids all the time… plus I cross my eyes.. so that may be my bias! πŸ˜€ My four siblings are sprinkled around the globe and the last time all five of us were together was in 1988! We do, however, see quite a bit of each other otherwise.


    June 11, 2011 at 15:12

  85. I love that weather vane, and used it to accompany a blog post tonight: http://jenastrong.com/2013/07/13/the-last-hour/. Let me know if for any reason that’s not ok! jenarstrong@gmail.com.


    July 14, 2013 at 03:28

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