Of history, patience and flowers

On my last trip to Sussex, I visited the ancient village of Ditchling with my sister and her husband.

We started off with the historic church dating back to the 1100s.

My eye was drawn to this old cross in the graveyard.

(You can see my sister in the background patiently waiting for us to finish taking photos.)

Old cross

The graveyard had a magnificent magnolia tree

With fuzzy buds about to burst into bloom.


From the church, you get a good view of the timbered old manor house

That Henry VIII gave to Anne of Cleves.

anne of cleves house

No village is complete

Without its bright red letter box …

Letter box

And no English spring complete

Without its gardens full of daffodils.

Daffs copy

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93 responses

  1. The weight of history truly hangs over Ditchling – goes way back to Saxon times and King Alfred apparently!

    Superb captures as always!

    April 28, 2014 at 16:44

  2. It looks as if you had a beautiful day to visit this historic village. I really like the old manor house, and your first photo is beautiful.

    April 28, 2014 at 16:45

  3. daryledelstein

    i love visiting old cemeteries …

    April 28, 2014 at 16:57

  4. Love the photos from the village…it looks like a lovely place to visit. I think I would have had to have photographed the cross as well.

    April 28, 2014 at 17:03

  5. Wonderful captures as always and the next best thing to being there myself! I do love the old cemetery and house!! So much history!! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!!

    April 28, 2014 at 17:25

  6. Brilliant!!!:)

    April 28, 2014 at 17:26

  7. Love the olde England.

    April 28, 2014 at 17:44

  8. All the photos capture the old history and nature blossoming together. Lovely!

    April 28, 2014 at 17:58

  9. Nicely caught. They don’t make em like that anymore.:-)

    April 28, 2014 at 17:59

  10. Rahul

    A lovely combination of nature and history:)

    April 28, 2014 at 18:12

  11. Jim

    Fiona, thank you for this trip down history lane and seeing it now in the present. Wonderful photos here!

    April 28, 2014 at 18:14

  12. I like that cross, too, and you can clone out all the stuff, like your sister to keep the focus on the cross. Love the photos.

    April 28, 2014 at 18:32

  13. so beautifully crafted.

    April 28, 2014 at 18:53

  14. Now that is history! Beautiful shots!

    April 28, 2014 at 19:00

  15. the red letter box made me grin. pretty area!

    April 28, 2014 at 19:12

  16. That’s a really old church. Sorry, can’t spot your sister. I need to see my eye doctor.😦

    April 28, 2014 at 19:21

  17. Oh Lady Fi, your photos are a hit.
    Wonderful pictures.

    April 28, 2014 at 19:41

  18. Beautiful series, stunning photos, big fave the third photo with the old houses.

    April 28, 2014 at 19:43

  19. Wonderful photos, I love these macros Wonderful! Exquisite detail and colors!

    April 28, 2014 at 20:27

  20. Great shots. I like the mix you captured so well.

    April 28, 2014 at 20:33

  21. Those are all beautiful photos but for me the daffodils are just perfect!

    April 28, 2014 at 20:57

  22. Gorgeous images. It is lovely to have such beautiful images connected to a bit of history.

    April 28, 2014 at 21:04

  23. Gorgeous photography as always for OWT ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    April 28, 2014 at 21:10

  24. What a glorious place. My eye was drawn time and time again to the cross – oh to weather that well. But all of this post spoke to my heart. Thank you.

    April 28, 2014 at 21:23

  25. Beautiful and interesting photos!

    April 28, 2014 at 22:22

  26. Great series of photos from the village.. I love the cross, letter box and the pretty flowers.. Gorgeous post..

    April 28, 2014 at 23:08

  27. Hi Fiona, What a beautiful church/home… But—I LOVED that celtic cross… I used to have one (necklace) –and loved it… Great set of photos.

    April 28, 2014 at 23:09

  28. You capture such beauty.
    Wonderful photos:)

    April 28, 2014 at 23:10

  29. Oh to be in England …. when the daffodils are in bloom! Lovely colorful wonderful post with some history thrown in for good measure (and a Queen’s home we didn’t visit!)

    April 28, 2014 at 23:39

  30. what a cool little village…i would have been drawn to that cross
    i like the rather celtic skrim on on it….

    April 28, 2014 at 23:47

  31. It looks like you had a beautiful day, and what a wonderful village this is!

    April 28, 2014 at 23:51

  32. A great post for owt, Wonderful shots, I love the old house.

    April 28, 2014 at 23:54

  33. Fantastic place and you have eyes for beauty! And the details on the cross is just fantastic!

    April 29, 2014 at 00:08

  34. Gorgeous photos! I love the old cross too but each photo is a work of art.

    April 29, 2014 at 00:36

  35. Wonderful place! I like so much the macros and the sensitive details about the whole sceneray. Beautiful!…

    April 29, 2014 at 01:05

  36. Great photos, I love the cross decorated with the Celtic knots. I tried to get back to my heritage and made some Celtic knot ornaments one year, it was challenging but fun. The old buildings make my country seem new by comparison, I wish people designed buildings to last that long now.

    April 29, 2014 at 01:06

  37. Pat

    Beautiful look at history. I love the red letterbox.

    April 29, 2014 at 01:45

  38. miyahde

    Dearest Lady-fi;
    I LOVED to see your gorgeous pictures of your trip. I was attracted by the cross as well and had a sweet morning smile about your sister’s part:-)
    Thank you very much for hosting. Have a LOVELY week!!!
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    April 29, 2014 at 02:32

  39. Fiona! I missed so much being here! Been away from blogging for sometime but I am back now:-)

    As always, very lovely photos! Thanks always for showing me how it looks like in your side of the world. I really appreciate it.

    April 29, 2014 at 02:48

  40. Enjoyed all the pics. The cross is beautiful, as are the buds and the daffodils…and that manor house. Wow!

    April 29, 2014 at 02:51

  41. Whoa now that is seriously bright red. Lovely, photos LadyFi–I always enjoy your take on history.

    April 29, 2014 at 04:46

  42. Beautiful shots… really like the macro shot of the daffodils!

    April 29, 2014 at 05:21

  43. indrani

    That is such a bright red one. Great captures!

    April 29, 2014 at 05:26

  44. onceupona

    Gorgeous! The daffodils are so pretty!! Cheers, Danette

    April 29, 2014 at 05:50

  45. the cross is eye-catching, is it irish or something?


    April 29, 2014 at 06:15

    • It looks very Celtic, doesn’t it?

      April 29, 2014 at 08:03

  46. Beautiful! The cross, the flowers and the red letter box. My mind travels back to England…. *sigh*

    April 29, 2014 at 06:51

  47. I’m glad your sis is patient. These photos are worth the wait!

    April 29, 2014 at 07:02

  48. Beautiful historical place, amazing shots!

    April 29, 2014 at 07:48

  49. Joy

    So beautiful out there!

    April 29, 2014 at 07:53

  50. tolle Bilder
    bei dem Kreuz musste ich gleich an die schönen Zopfmuster dieser Gegend denken
    LG vom katerchen

    April 29, 2014 at 08:01

  51. A lovely set of pictures. I know the feeling of family members waiting for you to get over with it and move on. Many a times people leave me to my photography rather than wait!!😀

    April 29, 2014 at 08:06

  52. Wonderful images of great variety.

    April 29, 2014 at 08:14

  53. Beautiful Pictures! Nice to see old places

    April 29, 2014 at 11:03

  54. What wonderfully crisp carving on the cross, even after all those years out in the weather!

    April 29, 2014 at 11:36

  55. Such beautiful pictures !

    April 29, 2014 at 12:02

  56. Truly charming!

    April 29, 2014 at 13:08

  57. I got in love with the timbered old manor house. I spotted your sister out through one of the holes of the cross.


    April 29, 2014 at 13:13

  58. Thanks for walking with us in those ancient places and showing the Celtic cross and the house of Anne of Cleves. The only good deed of Henry the VIII was giving her this house.

    April 29, 2014 at 13:41

  59. Lovely:)

    April 29, 2014 at 14:14

  60. Amazing images!!! I can’t decide which I like best!

    April 29, 2014 at 14:29

  61. I wonder how many layers of red paint there are on that letter box?

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    April 29, 2014 at 14:54

  62. Wonderful place to visit. I like the details on the cross and the red box:)
    Have a nice day!

    April 29, 2014 at 15:39

  63. I love the Celtic cross in the first photo.

    April 29, 2014 at 15:45

  64. What a beautiful day –

    April 29, 2014 at 16:12

  65. Thanks for drawing my eye. I want to see a red letter box like that like I want to see the aurora borealis.

    April 29, 2014 at 17:20

  66. Beautiful! I love the old medieval towns!

    April 29, 2014 at 17:58

  67. Dear LadyFi, I do so love to learn and to go back into historical times and discover homes and graveyards and arts and crafts. Thank you for sharing Ditchling with us. If ever I get back to England, there’s so much more I want to see than I saw when I was there in 1976. Peace.

    April 29, 2014 at 18:11

  68. Love the intricate details of the cross and also the history that emanates through the pictures. The flower is gorgeous too.:)

    April 29, 2014 at 18:18

  69. The old cross is wonderful! I love walking in old graveyards.

    April 29, 2014 at 18:43

  70. great shots – love the red letter box especially:-)

    April 29, 2014 at 19:48

  71. Oh I just love that first shot with your sister in the background. All are amazing and I so enjoyed the variety of colors, structures, and nature. Great post!

    April 29, 2014 at 20:16

  72. JM

    The cross is really something but I loved all the shots.

    April 29, 2014 at 20:37

  73. Another enjoyable post, Fi. History and beauty in spades!

    April 29, 2014 at 20:43

  74. Oh Fi what a wondrous pleasure to see your photos and that you’ve shared the love up-close with I Heart Macro this week… hooray!

    April 30, 2014 at 00:16

  75. so much history and so much beauty in an English country village. Lovely images of the cross and the blooms.
    Have a wonderful week and thankyou for stopping by my blog.

    April 30, 2014 at 01:40

  76. I bet you had a wonderful time exploring this village that has so much history!

    April 30, 2014 at 12:38

  77. Beautiful shots! English is just so wonderfully quaint.

    April 30, 2014 at 14:35

  78. Delightful! How wonderful to get a little glimpse of your sister through the cross.

    April 30, 2014 at 16:42

  79. Al

    Great shots – there’s some serious history there!

    April 30, 2014 at 18:25

  80. loved the Magnolia bud.:)

    April 30, 2014 at 18:36

  81. Oh wow Ditchling looks like a place I should add to my bucket list. So beautiful. I love places with history and personality like this:)

    April 30, 2014 at 20:04

  82. nocolebolo

    I love those photos. The red one the most. Great.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    April 30, 2014 at 20:49

  83. Oh, what a beautiful post! You had good weather! I definitely think I need to explore Sussex more – we were there in October during a beautiful Indian summer but then we returned in December and it was definitely hot cocoa and socks indoor weather.

    April 30, 2014 at 22:54

  84. Here in Virginia if something is 300 years old, it’s REALLY old. When I lived in Florida any building built before about 1950 was considered ancient.

    How wonderful to be in a place with buildings nearly 1,000 years old.

    May 1, 2014 at 03:35

  85. How awesome to visit a place with so much history! AND flowers blooming:)

    May 1, 2014 at 07:42

  86. lovely and an awesome pic of the cross !

    May 1, 2014 at 09:51

  87. Just pure simplicity can make one smile!..:)JP

    May 1, 2014 at 13:01

  88. Absolutely amazing shots!

    May 1, 2014 at 13:33

  89. Excellent photographs from this historic place! Love the daffodil still and the cross… the red letter box is always my favorite

    May 1, 2014 at 19:15

  90. Sublime photos. Sussex is one of those counties I’ve driven through but I have never stopped in. You just whetted my appetite.:-)

    Greetings from London.

    May 1, 2014 at 21:54

  91. Sublime.


    May 1, 2014 at 23:25

  92. I love the UK! History at every turn. I’d love to return for another holiday in the future but I doubt that will be possible.

    May 2, 2014 at 07:35

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