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The Long Good Friday Part 4 – Epilogue

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Last visit of the day was to the church of St Mary’s at Cumwhitton.

I was met at the entrance to the village by a rare sight these days, a traditional red British telephone box.

These used to be a common sight throughout the UK but now they tend to be (ab)used by banks for cashpoint (ATM) machines.

Unusually this one was actually still being used as a public telephone call box.

As with the rest of the villages visited today Cumwhitton is on the side of the river Eden valley although this time much further away from the river and on flatter land.

Since this shoot I have been travelling in South West Scotland and have found the contrast between the red sand stone of Cumbria and the predominantly grey stone of the Scottish ones to be a marked difference, not only in colour but also in building styles.

Entering into the church grounds through the wrought iron arched gateway sees the wonderful curved wood bench just on the left.

The clock, high up on the front of the Norman styled tower is of an ‘exposed face’ design rather than the more common blue faced discussed in the last post.

Common with many of the churches in the area, it’s stone work displays the scars inflicted on it from the constant battle with the harsh Cumbrian weather elements.

This gives a patina unique to each building and breaks up the regular red colour of the stone work.

I always find it amusing looking at the weird angles which the grave stones often lie at. I would love to hear the stories which they could tell as to how they got there. Fascinating.

And so endeth the final lesson on the long Good Friday 2018.

A tour around the little villages on the south side of the Eden Valley between Penrith and Carlisle.

The little Olympus has totally changed my opinion of medium range cameras and especially those with electronic view finders.

They are far from perfect but they certainly are a breath of fresh air when it comes to wanting to carry a camera around with me compared to the bulk of my (admittedly glorious) Canons and their huge L series lenses.

It sort of makes you want to shoot for the sake of it again.

Keep clicking.





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