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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
Stop for a moment and look
Catching up as best I can. This is actually the photo from yesterday. The reason for getting behind was because I spent most of Sunday writing an essay for the final OU course and then at 4.30 pm we drove up to Caernarfon where we were staying overnight so G didn't have to set off at the crack of dawn to get to a meeting in Bangor first thing Monday morning.

Yes, it was a bit of an indulgence, but we have to take our fun where we can. :) We had a very nice meal in the hotel restaurant and after breakfast it only took 15 minutes to get to the college where my husband had his meeting. While he did work stuff, I hit the shops. I have finally bitten the bullet and bought a new computer. G decided he needed one too and suggested that there might be bargains due to the rush to get tablets rather than desktops. Assuming the price cut was genuine, we saved £120 on each computer. Unfortunately, we now have to learn Windows 8, but G is playing with his now and seems to be coping. :) It is sooooo much faster than his ancient one. I won't have time to set mine up until Thursday, so I'm expecting a huge learning curve.

I also bought a few other odds and ends, including a new swimming costume. I don't swim at the moment, but it had occurred to be that I couldn't even if I wanted to because I didn't have a costume that would fit.

While wandering around Bangor, I snapped this with my phone. The sign says that it is the "Bible Garden"

Bible Garden, Bangor

I couldn't quite work out why it was called a "Bible Garden", but it provides a peaceful corner just by the cathedral.

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ooxc From: ooxc Date: April 16th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is full of "Bible" plants - but I'm not sure whether it's been kept up so well during the refurbishment and the bad weather of the past two seasons - perhaps you didn't go through the arch? There are usually small explanatory signs in the borders - must have a look myself -

Edited at 2013-04-16 10:57 pm (UTC)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 17th, 2013 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I did wonder if that was the case, but because everything is still dormant and I'm utterly useless at plant identification, I didn't spot anything obviously Biblical.

If I'm there again in the summer, I'll take another look.
ooxc From: ooxc Date: April 17th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not just the dormancy of plants - it's the heavy machinery that's been at work round there for a year or so - I doubt that there's been much upkeep in the garden since last spring
rymrytr From: rymrytr Date: April 17th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Wiki says this about that. :o)

And in some of the early ideas of use for such a place, it was a quiet refuge for study of the bible and other religious literature, along with a place for contemplation, prayer, peace and companionship, for the wounded soul...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 17th, 2013 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It does make a peaceful spot for reading and there are benches to sit on, so that's obviously its purpose. Because everything is still dormant and I'm utterly useless at plant identification, I didn't spot anything obviously Biblical. There was a hawthorn, so perhaps that's representing the various thorn trees that are mentioned in the Bible? If I'm there again in the summer, I'll take another look and see what else there is.
ooxc From: ooxc Date: April 17th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
This is true - but that particular cathedral and garden are on the edge of a bus station, and very exposed to wind and weather - so, for about ten months of the year, you'd be more inclined to go into the cathedral. Unbelievably, though, the cathedral IS LOCKED ON SUNDAYS (after service, of course). What a missed opportunity!
From: cmcmck Date: April 17th, 2013 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I see people have already confirmed what I suspected- that it'd be planted with plants and trees mentioned in the bible.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 17th, 2013 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I did wonder if that was the case, but because everything is still dormant and I'm utterly useless at plant identification, I didn't spot anything obviously Biblical.

If I'm there again in the summer, I'll take another look.
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