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The week I took my first steps

This was a momentous week in the short life of Izobelle. It was the week she took her first steps and I managed to capture the moment on camera. She was the gorgeous (I am biased I know) child who demonstrates her flexibility by putting her toes in her mouth ... .... the inquisitive one who was intrigued by everything. ..... melted your heart when she looked at you ... ... demonstrated that `yes, I can make a mess`! ... to the occasion when she made those first magical steps for mummy, and then onto Nana! Magic! Home      Forward      Back

Wells and Cheddar

Having been to Wells before and being fascinated by the clock, we decided to revisit as we were in the area. I think Wells Cathedral has the most magnificent frontage. The mind `boggles` at the `man - hours` spent on  constructing these monumental buildings. Wells Cathedral - West Front  I don't remember anything much about the town of Wells, apart from the Cathedral area. Mind you, it has such an impact when you first see it, like most of our Medieval Cathedrals.  The present Cathedral was begun about 1175 on a new site to the north of an old minster church.  Bishop Reginald de Bohun brought the idea of a revolutionary architectural style from France, and Wells was the first English cathedral to be built entirely in this new Gothic style.  The first building phase took about eighty years, building from east to west, culminating in the magnificent West Front. About 300 of its original medieval statues remain: a glorious theatrical stone backdrop for feas

Bath in Somerset

We did not spend much time in Bath, more's the pity, but it is immediately obvious what a great area for photographs it is. Perhaps a revisit some time to do it justice. It is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture.The city became a World Heritage Site in 1987, largely because of its architectural history  One of the most photographed examples of Georgian architecture in the city and one of only four bridges in the world to have shops across its full span on both sides, Pulteney Bridge was designed in 1769 by Robert Adam. The bridge is named after Frances Pulteney, wife of William Johnstone Pulteney. William was an important man in Georgian Bath, owning a lot of land in the surrounding area. He had grand plans to create a 'new town' to rival that of John Wood's on the west side of the city. His grand scheme needed a new bridge and he didn't want just any o