Sunday, 11 June 2017

A Walk along the Wharfe

Friday turned out to be the best day for me to go walking this week. So I decided to walk along the River Wharfe from Tadcaster to Wetherby. By the paths it was just over 9 miles.

This is the bridge at Tadcaster which collapsed into the river on 28 December 2015 splitting the town in two. You can see the new stonework on the middle two arches. The bridge took 13 months to rebuild reopening in February this year. The bridge was first built around 1700 so was just over 300 years old when it collapsed. In the rebuilding the bridge has been widened by cantilevering the footpath out over the river.

The river meanders through meadows between Tadcaster and Newton Kyme. Here some Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus ) growing in the slow running waters at the river's edge.

Newton Kyme Church stands in a field next door to the Hall. It is only accessible on foot from the field, it must be fairly unpleasant walking through the grass on a wet Sunday. St. Andrew's Church is built in local stone and is believed to date from the 12th Century. Some features are dated to 1220. Sadly the church has been kept locked since the brass eagle lectern and an oak sanctuary chair were stolen some years ago.

The path runs along the riverside in Boston Spa passing the old baths. Here a "No Fishing" sign has been carefully let into the tree trunks. However over the years the wood has grown back over the sign completely obliterating the first 4 letters of BOSTON and the word CLUB.

At Boston Spa my route crossed another bridge back to the North bank of the Wharfe into Thorp Arch, the River being the boundary between the two villages. Thorp Arch Bridge was built in 1770 and replaced a ford. It is narrow and traffic can only pass in single file.

The route ends less pleasantly when it crosses the A1M Motorway on the outskirts of Wetherby and then follows busy streets through the middle of the town to the third bridge over the river, completing my walk for the day.

My thanks to Tricky and Carly at FAST for hosting Five On Friday.

Hope you have a great weekend.


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Brown Plaques

Today I was reading Lisa's York Stories Blog -
At the end is a picture of a brown plaque high up on the wall of The Former Poor Clare's Convent in York. This is no more than 2 miles from where I live and I have never noticed it. There is a quotation from Acts 4:12 followed by what appears to be the first eight lines of a hymn starting "O JESUS, Name of beauty" and finally the initials MB.

I have been noticing similar plaques for some time now. On Whitby pier:

Now when I have been looking on the internet for more information about this I found that there were very similar plaques all over the world. An identical plaque has been placed on Beachy Head. There are very similar plaques at Kynsa Heads and Drakensberg in South Africa, Waterfalls in South America and Land's End in New Zealand. Also at South Karori and at Land's End New Zealand similar, but without the MB initials.
I have also found a Psalm 93:4 plaque at Walton on the Naze but this has no additional line.
Then in the Pinewoods at Harrogate rather different, presumably because there is no sea or running water nearby.

Another quotation from Psalms and again the initials MB. I then found an identical plaque attached to a rock at Shipley Glen near Saltaire.

But apart from the English speaking world, I have found similar plaques in Switzerland and Austria. This one is on the Mannlichen above and between Wengen & Grindlewald in Switzerland.

My Swiss or German is sadly non-existent but using a Computer translation I arrive at something like "Green pastures, high tops, snow-covered paths peaks rise to sublime beauty, praise God who's great works can not be “ruhn” by people, to God give praise and awe."

And this one, with a quotation from Psalms was on the Stockhorn Gipfel in Simmental near Berne Switzerland. 

Psalm 111 verse 2 is "The works of the LORD are great, sought out by all them that have pleasure therein."

I have been unable to find who or what organisation is responsible for placing these plaques,but I just keep finding more and more of them on my travels. They are all placed in very scenic places and most of them contain quotations from the Book of Psalms. They are usually relatively small maybe 8 inches by 4 inches (200mm x 100mm). A lot of them have the initials MB and the typography tends to be similar.

Linking with Tricky and Carly at FAST for Five On Friday - thanks for hosting!
Hope you have a great weekend.