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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 2nd September, 2021)

Sundial above St. Wilfrid's porch


Sundial above St. Wilfrid's porch
'Let no passing cloud of bitterness thine accustom'd serenity o'ershadow'.

Photo: Poet  (Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70F)
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Comment by: alan (on Vancouver Island) on 2nd September 2021 at 02:35

What time did you take that photo ?

Comment by: Mick on 2nd September 2021 at 07:26

When I look up at the St Wilfs sundial to check if the time is right, I notice that the right hand side of it looks like it coming away from the stonework.
Its either that or its been put up crooked when it was first installed.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd September 2021 at 08:31

Lovely words - they should be written on the pages of the stone book!
Similar to John Donne poetry.?
Interesting photo.

Comment by: Poet on 2nd September 2021 at 08:33

Alan , I took it at 10:15 am which is a hour ahead of the sundial because of British Summer Time .
Mick , It maybe a bit wonky due to age . If it's an original fitting ( and the motto suggests it is ) the sun would have passed across it some 170, 455 times .

Comment by: DTease on 2nd September 2021 at 08:47

Mick, the sundial is “reet”, it’s the church that’s crooked.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd September 2021 at 09:17

Oh Dtease that made me laugh! Hahaha ...

Comment by: A.W. on 2nd September 2021 at 10:50

The sundial would probably have been installed "crooked" deliberately as the need to be positioned very accurately to tell anything like the proper time. Most sundials would only be expected to tell the time to about 15 minutes either way.

Comment by: Roy on 2nd September 2021 at 14:54

VERONICA, those words ARE written 'in stone'. they are written at the bottom of the sundial.
Correct AW, the dial was installed offset.
MICK, get yourself to Specsavers !!

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd September 2021 at 16:59

I thought as much Roy - I couldn't see the words on my iPad. The good book must be the Bible I take it.

Comment by: Edna on 2nd September 2021 at 17:45

This is a lovely church, although I've only been in it once, at a funeral.

Comment by: Roy on 2nd September 2021 at 19:52

Correct Veronica. I was Christened, confirmed, a boy chorister, married there, there's only one thing left !!!!

Comment by: DTease on 2nd September 2021 at 20:16

Don't go yet Roy, that sundials not "reet tha nose". Tha wants get theer an hour affor t'devil nose tha's deed!

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd September 2021 at 20:20

All of us of certain age Roy but not yet
awhile ...

Comment by: e on 2nd September 2021 at 20:31

A weathered face , softened by time ,
Sanded by seasons , fresh to decline ,
Dust that is captured engrained on your face
thickened to blackness ,light now replaced .
How many sunlights have passed over you ,
How many raindrops have rested here too ,
Wind that is angry , or snow when it falls ,
Have all left a moment on ourselves and these walls ...

Comment by: Roy zqk12 on 2nd September 2021 at 20:51

Nice one e.

Comment by: dTease on 2nd September 2021 at 21:14

e, you have a rare talent.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 3rd September 2021 at 10:09

Same here Roy, 3 out of the 4, Christened, Confirmed, Married. Fantastic Grade 1 building. Great picture Poet.

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