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All in all, a rather amusing year I thought. In 2015 there were a lot of jaunts to the continent, but 2016 — in true Brexit fashion — was the year of the domestic excursion (or ‘staycation’ if you’re a modern person). I also, through great cunning, managed to get to the theatre fairly often and even a jaunt or two to the opera.

Here are a few photos from the twelve months just past us, in no particular order.

Exmouth Market, London — I’m sure I’d said something witty.

South Kensington — James larking about in the pub, to Alexandra’s profound embarassment.

Whitefriar Street, Dublin — St Valentine’s shrine doing a brisk trade on a Sunday afternoon in March.

Oxford — En route to supper I found the Radcliffe Camera all aglow.

Stoke Newington — Luckily my champagne socialist friends do sometimes condescend to ale or lager.

Warkworth, Northumberland — The Major inspects a fireplace.

Brompton Oratory — Dr J.P.M. adoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Palace of Westminster — The Italian Ambassador and I welcome the Minister for Constitutional Affairs on her ministerial visit to London.

Ansty, Dorset — The churchyard at St John’s.

Deir Seydet el Nourieh, Lebanon — This monastery has superb views out onto the Mediterranean, and north towards Tripoli.

Toller Fratrum, Dorset — Attended the first Mass offered in the Church of St Basil for nearly 500 years and found myself beside this Saxon baptismal font.

The Little Oratory, London — The christening of little Cuthbert.

Wimborne, Dorset — We sent this to J.R. with the caption ‘#minsterenvy’.

Haggerston — We went for a pint but ended up joining a protest march (or observing it at least).

Near Llangurig, Wales — Deprived of internet, electricity, and running water for a week the ladyfolk reverted to traditional gender stereotypes.

Norfolk — A perfect end to a busy weekend before the long drive back to London.

Gemmayze, Beirut — Visiting Sandra Fayad’s splendid photographic exhibition ‘Pile ou face’.

Dorset — Manning the drinks stall at the Horse Show.

Port Meadow, Oxford — En route to a pint, naturally.

Harissa, Lebanon — Piety, Arabic style.

Wakehurst, Sussex — Summer and ice cream.

Chabrouh, Lebanon — You can’t escape her, you know!

Boodle’s, St James’s — We happen to share the same hometown.

Waterloo, London — Post-pint cigarette in Roupell Street.

Little Walsingham, Norfolk — My vision of Heaven.

Eton, Berkshire — A misty morning after a boozy supper to mark the great feast of St Eusebius.

This post was published on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 3:05 pm. It has been categorised under Photos and been tagged under .
Valeria Kondratiev
17 Jan 2017 10:06 pm

Great photos. My favourite I think is the one of Dr.P.J.M. praying in the Brompton Oratory. Stunning! I also love that Saxon font.

28 Jan 2017 3:29 pm

Wonerful photographs, i loved the one of White Hall and the one at Llanguri was very amusing!

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