Visiting Mr Darcy

We are home! We popped back to Aberystwyth for a couple of days at the end of July, but as my sister was visiting then this is the first time we’ve been at home properly since the end of June! Crazy!
We’re only back for a week though. We need to pack our entire house this week, then we have a wedding on Saturday, then we’re off to the Cotswolds for a week with some of our good friends, then up to the Lake District for Josh’s sister’s wedding, then straight back to Wales to MOVE.
Can you hear an EEEEK? Yes, that would be me.
Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post, you’re all so sweet! To be honest I’m not feeling much calmer about moving. When we got home there was load of induction information waiting for us from Josh’s university and I’ve got that horrid sick feeling of nerves.
I think I was successfully ignoring it while we were planning our summer and thought that I was feeling good about moving. Turns out…not so much. But anyway…THINK POSITIVE. {you have to shake your fist when you say that.} THINK POSITIVE!
Anyway, this weekend we travelled from Devon via Wiltshire and Gloucester to visit various family members. It was a nice {although exhausting} time.
On Saturday afternoon we made the most of our new National Trust membership {yes we have just turned 65} and went to visit Lacock Abbey. I loved it.

It was built in 1232 and was an Abbey until 1539. Did you read that? 1232! I just couldn’t get my head around how old it was and how much history it had seen.
About fifteen nuns lived here at once, living a frugal life with each day spent mostly in silence. Apparently they rose at two in the morning to start their daily worship {!!}

Do any of these photos look familiar? The Abbey was used to film some of the scenes in Harry Potter. It is very Hogwarts-esque!

We then skipped into Lacock village which is very quaint. It’s been used for lots of period dramas {like the BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice and Cranford} because the houses haven’t been changed for centuries. The whole place is owned by the National Trust, and as picturesque as it is I wouldn’t want to live there. Imagine how cold it must be in the winter with no insulation and old single pane windows! Brrr.

Anyway, that was my weekend. What did you get up to?

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters


  1. WOW!
    Your summer is being crazy!!
    I understand how you're feeling, girl!!
    Praying for you!

  2. Love these shots. It's amazing the history in that Abbey. And the arches? Simply amazing. One of my goals and dreams in life is to walk through structures and buildings like that -- years ago, before motherhood, I studied architecture and those buildings were some of my favorites.

    Lovely photos -- I'm grateful for you sharing!

    Have a wonderful Monday.


  3. So pretty! Love Harry Potter but your pictures make it look so much prettier!

  4. What wonderful pictures! The towns look so quaint.

  5. It does look very hogwarts-y! Love it. What beautiful photos.

    I love the title of this post, too...Mr. Darcy makes me swoon. :)

  6. Wow. I can't get over how much history lies there. There's NOTHING like that here. We're lucky to get a building 50-60 years old.... 1232?! .... Wow.

  7. Oh my - what a beautiful building!

  8. adorable pictures of the village :)

  9. Love your blog, especially because you are from the UK. I've recently done some ancestry research and have several distant ancestors who lived in Wales, so it fascinates me.

    And I'm assuming that since you are a "Vicar's" wife, that that means you are a pastor's wife, right? I am also a pastor's wife and love being in the ministry.

    Isn't it tough or at least rare to be a Christian in the UK? Does that make you and your hubby's ministry harder?

  10. yay for being home! This trip looks GORGEOUS! I don't think you know how jealous I am of you right now :) Especially that it was in HARRY POTTER!

  11. Yay, Harry Potter!! I totally recognize those areas. :)
    This weekend our baby had her first playdate with the baby girls of two of my best friends from high school. :)

  12. These photos are freakin awesome! I love history and historical old and somewhat crumbling buildings are super duper fantastic. Love that pic the dancing couples––how neat is that?

    I think you are embarking on a great adventure. It sounds crazy hectic but I am sure it will be well worth it. Will look forward to reading about your journey :))


  13. Don't worry! Just do today what needs to be done, make a list of what needs doing tomorrow. It will all come right and be done. God knows. Keep trusting. We keep praying. XX

  14. WOW! For so many reason, wow. That abbey is amazingly old, and that's so awesome. I would love to stand in there and just imagine all the years that the place has seen. It's beautiful. And we are huge fans of anything Masterpiece Theater, so we've seen Cranford and Pride and Prejudice. I think I might recognize that last picture. That's really cool! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Great photos! I can't believe Josh's sister's got married - wonderful! Congratulations to them :)