Insects and churches what a mix !

ST OSWALDS CHURCH, LEATHLEY   22 July 2017

As well as all things nature I like looking at Old buildings especially Churches, after our trip to Edinburgh the interest has grown, not to everybody taste but with my best friend Ragged Robbin   we have joyed discovering history in the churches and villages we visit were we each live.

I have lived in West Yorkshire over 20yrs and must have drove past this Church a hundred times, the setting is very pretty and often said I would like to stop.





The church is very ancient, of various dates; comprises nave, three aisles, and transept, with a Norman tower; and contains several mural monuments.




 Churches are a good place for nature, often they have wildflower areas and mature trees are a great place for birds. That morning it had rained hard so not much wild life, but did spot these two Red-legged Shieldbug having no respect of their surroundings !!


Red-legged Shieldbug



As a starting point for beautiful walks, Leathley is increasing in popularity, although the village contains no shop, no cafe, no pub, nor any commercial building. The village green is in constant use as a parking area.(LINK)


ST ANDREW'S CHURCH, BLUBBERHOUSES 22 July 2017



St Andrew's Church at Blubberhouses was the next church on my list, but first we had a little walk along the edge of Fewston reservoir, the sun came out and so did the insects.


Red-legged Shieldbug

Alder Moth caterpillar ( Acronicta alni )

Rhingia  rostrata hoverfly

Harlequin  

Thick-legged Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens

St Andrew's Church.
 The church of St Andrew's, Blubberhouses is one of two churches in the Parish of Fewston with Blubberhouses in the beautiful Washburn Valley in North Yorkshire. It is one of the six Washburn Valley and Mid-Wharfe Anglican churches.

At a public meeting in September 2015 a decision was taken to keep the church open, subsequently ratified by the PCC. A group named Friends of Blubberhouses Church has been formed to oversee repairs and rejuvenate the life of this church. See www.fewstonwithblubbehouses.org.uk for more information.(LINK)



Yellow bike  left over from the  Tour de Yorkshire

Lamb
 I thought this lamb who's very cute looked like a Hare


Love Sheep

Church window

Meadow Grasshopper - Chorthippus parallelus

St Andrew's Church




The church looks stunning high up on the hill from the car park, and Fewston is a lovey place to walk.




As my interest in Churches has grown there are many places on my list to visit over the summer months, so I have set up a new blog page here "CHURCHES" if you are interested. Its not just about the churches but the other discoveries I have found on the way. In Ilkley I found a Roman Fort and in Bradford a Old Victorian Cemetery  opened in 1854, contains 23,000 graves and holds a total of 124,000 burials.




















Comments

  1. Hello, it is a beautiful church. I love to wonder thru old cemeteries. Great captures of all the insects and the cute lambs. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, there are some lovely churches in the UK and hope to visit some more.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Another lovely post Amanda with super photos. Thanks so much for the mention and kind words - it is so good to share the interest with you :)

    The shield bug photos are fantastic and I love the lamb that looks like a hare :) The yellow bicycle is an interesting feature :) So look forward to seeing and reading more of the churches you visit.

    ps it is great to see more photos of the villages and churches/churchyards you visited recently :)

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    1. Thanks RR for the lovely comment, have been looking back and it is over two years when I visited the church at Otley when we talked about looking for wildlife in church yards.
      Hope to visit the same church again this week but now I know what I am looking for inside, all very interesting..
      Amanda xx

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  3. Fascinating stuff and superb photos as always x

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    1. Thanks CT for the lovely comment, we have some lovely places that are local which you often overlook .
      Amanda xx

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  4. What a wonderful and beautiful church and surroundings.

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    1. Thanks Amy, there are many beautiful churches to visit, I love how I find some thing new every time I go out with my camera ..
      Amanda xx

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  5. Both churches look interesting, something I keep meaning to find out more about are the different shapes of the towers and spires and what if anything their shapes mean. Your wildlife photos are wonderful:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, they often mention the shape of the tower in notes, weather each shape has a different meaning or just the style of the time I am not sure RR might know. Glad you enjoyed the wildlife too.
      Amanda xx

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  6. There's so much to like about this post--as always with your blog! The old churches in Europe are really special--ours in the U.S. are so much younger by comparison. And the wildlife images you've shared are really special, too. This is a beautiful post!

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    1. Thanks PP , what a lovely comment. So glad you are enjoying the posts on churches and insects. Hope to visit a few more churches over the summer.
      Amanda xx

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  7. You are taking some superb images Amanda, especially using the 'Art' setting on the camera.
    Really special.

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    1. Thanks Roy, I am hopeless at taking a "normal" photo :)
      Amanda xx

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