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Looking for Inspiration in Mediaeval Graffiti!

I'd like to introduce you to another area of my blog that fully explores my fascination in history, countryside and mediaeval graffiti!

As a freelance artist, I've always had a very intense work schedule even before the pandemic but since our first lockdown back in March of this year, my work schedule has gone bonkers and I feel very much shackled to my computer so it's a breath of fresh air to deliberately take Sundays off just to get out into the countryside to walk in the fields and woodlands and to explore local old churches.

Aside from taking Sunday off, I work 6 days a week and have been struggling to find a balance between working on my meetup group, teaching private lessons online, working on maintaining my creative practices (which I don't do enough), spending time with my boyfriend, and finding quiet reflective moments to myself which I really need in order to feel like I'm staying sane in this crazy year!

I'm very much an introvert and putting on my extrovert facade to teach or run events or just spend time with my boyfriend seems to drain me even though I do love doing all those things. So when I'm able to, I enjoy having a completely silent, reflective day where I don't have to have even an inner dialogue going and can be actively experiencing the "now" and refueling and recharging. Today is my "recharging day" and the day after a Sunday outing to some beautiful churches here in Hertfordshire. I've been enjoying looking through my photos taken yesterday as I really wanted to share with you where my boyfriend, Robert and I visited yesterday as it was such an inspiring day.

I'm lucky to have a boyfriend who has a car and enjoys driving as I'd not get very far without him! Robert drove us to a village in North Hertfordshire called, Great Wymondley as we hoped to visit St Mary The Virgin church there as it is a Norman church and we hoped would have some mediaeval graffiti but on arrival, we discovered it was closed for renovations. In the church entryway there was lots of pots of jam as the church are raising funds to restore their tower so I selected a pot of golden plum jam and paid £3. Felt like this was a great bonus even if the church was shut!

The closed door to the church boasted two stone heads at the top of each pillar (I've just included one here). There was a leaflet nearby that stated that the door dated to 1120.

We also read that there was earthworks of a motte-and-bailey castle nearby so of course had to explore. It was just beyond the churchyard and was just a series of lumps and bumps around some low growing trees. Apparently a little further away, there's also the remains of a Roman villa but we didn't explore that far - maybe next time.