Middle Earth

What's this? A door in Rivendell? The gates of Moria? No, these are the doors of  St. Edward in Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds, Gloucester. It's pretty plain to see where J. R. R. Tolkien got a lot of his inspiration. Britain is a fabulously ancient and enchanting land! I think I could look at this all day and one day, when I can ever get back to England, I plan to sit and look at the real thing for a long time.

These photos were taken by Liz Ringrose and are used with her kind and generous permission.

At Brill on the hill
The wind blows shrill,
The cook no meat can dress;
At Stow-in-the-Wold
The wind blows cold,
I know no more than this.


  1. Thank you for completing the rhyme,Steph :-) Stow is on a hill with panoramic views but my goodness it can be cold in the winter. This place is an hour and a half from our house and we go there a lot. So glad you find the pictures inspiring.

  2. Thanks for completing the rhyme, Steph. Glad you found the photos inspiring. Stow is about an hour and a half away from our house (by car). We go there a lot.

  3. Have you ever been over to Gunthorpe Hall, in Gunthorpe? I have to see it someday; I used it as my inspiration for the estate that is owned by the main character in my trilogy. I've harvested a lot of photos of it from the web and I just love it!

  4. Have you visited "Blogs of Note" lately?
    I just did, and my eyes are still hurting. :-(


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