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Cartmel, Priory and Pudding.

January 24, 2010

A rather grey and drizzly day in the Lakes today, so what to do….

Headed towards the Furness peninsula and the little village of Cartmel. I had never been inside the Priory before so decided to have a look. The Priory was founded in the twelfth century and is divided into a number of sections all equally interesting.

Cartmel Priory

Josefina de Vasconcellos (who used to have a lovely litttle studio just off North road in Ambleside) has four sculptures in the Priory. Below is “Saint Michael which is placed in a very dark corner, as “evil lives in dark places”.

"Saint Michael" by Josefina de Vasconcellos

On some of the tombs you will see hour glasses. Time is running out for all of us. If the hour glass is on it’s side it means the person buried there was the last of the line of that particular family.

Wooden Panel, Cartmel Priory

Beautiful panels in Cartmel Priory

After visiting the Priory we wandered through the village to the home of Sticky Toffee Pudding, a well known local delicacy. It is impossible to visit Cartmel and not be tempted to buy some. The shop also has a huge selection of difficult to find and rare food items.

The home of Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cartmel

On the wall of the local garage workshop is an old sign for raleigh bikes, I love old signs like this.

Old Raleigh Bike sign

So despite the miserable weather, we still had an interesting day out, and a lovely sticky toffee pudding to enjoy for tea!

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