Category Archives: Anglesey Abbey

Hercules ans Antaeus

Relaxing, if rather muddy, walk from Anglesey Abbey to Quy Fen yesterday.  Returning along Quy Water the bare winter trees allowed glimpses into the private part of the Abbey where Hercules and Antaeus wrestle on the lawn.  The figures, in … Continue reading

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Anglesey Abbey Colours

Anglesey Abbey is holding its ‘Nature by Night – Nature by Light – Winter Lights’ celebration at the end of November and beginning of December.  Past experience suggests that it will be beautiful and spectacular, weather regardless.  But more beautiful … Continue reading

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Anglesey Herm

A herma or herm, is a sculpture with a head, and sometimes a torso, above a plain, usually squared lower section, on which male genitals may be carved – the Anglesey Abbey example is decorously decked with foliage.   The form … Continue reading

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Anglesey Abbey – Re-imagined Images

Lord Fairhaven’s work to create a great garden in the uninspiring Fen-edge landscape at Lode was something of a magnificent obsession.  Pevsner describes the grounds as ‘embellished by much statuary skilfully disposed’, an eclectic classical collection gathered on the Lord’s … Continue reading

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The Unknowable

In James Fox’s BBC4 programme ‘The Art of Japanese Life’ on 19th February a Zen Buddhist monk explained something of his beliefs.  ‘The unanswerable, the mysterious, how should I describe it, it’s one aspect of our philosophy.  So in other … Continue reading

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Anglesey Abbey 2

Anglesey Abbey seemed become a public park yesterday afternoon – families walking, picnicking, playing games.  True, this was a rare sunny day and Mothering Sunday, even so it was very busy again, and maybe this is now the norm.  It … Continue reading

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Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey was extremely busy on 27th December.  I suspect this was partly because it was a Bank Holiday, partly an excuse to avoid the post-Christmas sales and partly an opportunity to get out of the house and exercise after … Continue reading

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