Firstly I must apologize for not getting round to anyone’s pages, my daughter has been home for the last month and is now getting ready to fly back to China next week for 2 months (I am very jealous!!) so we have just been enjoying all being together
The Crows nest
The ‘Matthew’ ship took part in the Queens Golden Jubilee on the River Thames last month, then it sailed down the Thames and round to Sandwich, where it stayed for 3 days, so of course we had to go and have a look, it is a replica medieval ship based on a vessel originally built in 1497 which John Cabot sailed across the Atlantic. It apparently had 18 crew, which having seen the ship is very surprising as it is very small!
The wooden rudder
On deck, the children loved it.
Decorated with flags
It is really lovely to be able to look round something like this, it does make you realize how daring the early explorers were. Whilst it was moored in Sandwich we had real high winds, the ship was torn from its mooring and the crew had to tie the mast to a nearby tree to stop it from keeling over! The wind also destroyed part of the garden wall at the Library, but that is another story!
My husband and I enjoyed visiting the Matthew, from there we visited St. Clements Church, the Parish Church of Sandwich. I have been there before and taken photos (of course) but I am so pleased we visited again this time because of the magnificent Crown hanging in the main aisle, which was made of flowers. Well done to whoever made the crown, it was a very fitting tribute for the Jubilee.
A ceiling boss