Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Hogmanay 2013

We couldn't finish 2013 without something mediaeval, so here are three super Early English Gothic roof bosses from Dore Abbey in Herefordshire. We visited this former Cistercian abbey - now the village of Abbey Dore's parish church in October while in the UK. Thought to originally be from the abbey's Chapter house, they are now displayed on the floor of the ambulatory and side aisles.

Smiling face; probably of a young man
Coronation of the Virgin

Adoration of the Virgin and child by an abbot
Dore Abbey was founded in 1147 by a small group of monks and an abbot from the abbey of Morimond [Champagne-Ardenne region], one of the most important Cistercian houses in France. Most of what is left today is from a rebuilding which began in 1180.

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We'd like to wish everyone who has visited or commented on our blog in 2013 peace, health and happiness in 2014. Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
photo: wikimedia commons

16 comments:

Perpetua said...

Oh, they are gorgeous! All the very best to you both and here's to many more fascinating glimpses of your life in the Touraine.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Perpetua - aren't they just and so nice that, as they are on the floor, you can get 'up close and personal' :-)

and meilleurs voeux to you.

rusty duck said...

A very Happy New Year to you both!
Finding your blog has been a real pleasure.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Rusty Duck - Thank you, we've enjoyed your company too! :-)
Happy New Year.

the fly in the web said...

Just lovely. I would like a cast from the smiling boy for the front of the house...

'This is Belgium' had a post recently photographing statues which had originally been placed on the façade of the town hall in Leuven and which were now stored in the attics...as with these in your photographs, it was super to be able to see them in detail.

A Happy New Year to the two of you and the ruling felines.

the fly in the web said...

Just lovely. I would like a cast from the smiling boy for the front of the house...

'This is Belgium' had a post recently photographing statues which had originally been placed on the façade of the town hall in Leuven and which were now stored in the attics...as with these in your photographs, it was super to be able to see them in detail.

A Happy New Year to the two of you and the ruling felines.

Tim said...

A very happy new year to you all, "et bonne santé surtout". The haggis was excellent - many thanks! P+T

GaynorB said...

Best wishes for 2014. I shall continue to be entertained and 'educated' by your blog.

Tim said...

This didn't appear on the sidebar until late last night...
Pauline has answered for us...
I'll just echo her!!
It had obviously been out celebrating!

In true Scottish fashion, I will stick to tradition and take today as a day of rest too!

Now, that last bit of haggis needs to be extended...

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Fly - so would we!

The ruling felines send best wishes for the New Year to your animal collective :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@T & P - noticed some posts were "late" on our side bar too.

Glad you enjoyed it :-) The butcher is very good and it is one of their specialties. Their sausages are superb too, as is the game they get in.

absolutely: bonne santé surtout!!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Gaynor - and to you too!

We'll do our best :-)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Happy New Year, we wish you everything that you wish yourselves for 2014. Diane and Nigel.

Jean said...

I'm a bit late but Happy New Year to you too!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Diane - and Happy New Year to you too.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Jean - All good things to you and Nick in 2014; and a cuddle for Lulu :-)