A pocket full of Rye

Drawing on what we learnt from our ‘gap year’, we returned to Rye to continue our exploration of a new-to-us part of the country.

We stayed at the same lovely b and b where we stayed last year, and visited some of the same places: Dungeness, and a number of the extraordinary number of medieval churches on Romney Marsh.  We wouldn’t have known about them, had not Tomas (one of  the B and B hosts) told us about them; and what a delight they are.

The aptly-named Fairfield Church depicted in window in church in nearby Appledore

There was a very definite church theme to our whole visit.  Not only did we go to most of the Romney Marsh churches, we also visited St Mary’s in Rye (a very large church, with a lovely window by Burne-Jones), and revisited St Thomas’ church in Winchelsea, with its striking series of windows by Dr Strachan.

Detail of window in St Mary’s, Rye, by Edward Burne-Jones

Window in church at Winchelsea

On the way home, to complete the theme, the icing on the cake was a stop at All Saints Church, Tudely – a small, simple church with the most beautiful series of 12 windows by Marc Chagall.  And to complete the loop, there is a Rye connection: the windows were commissioned by the parents of a young woman who drowned in an accident in the sea at Rye.  If you have the chance to visit, I can’t recommend it enough.  Allow time to enjoy looking at the windows – its a treat to be able to see them at such close quarters – and then sit a while drinking in the colours.  I promise you will feel better when you leave than when you arrived.

Photo by Malcolm Dodds


While we were away I was crocheting another cot blanket/knee rug (to sell for the farm).  As I sat on Dungeness Beach, it struck me that the colours of the blanket are also the colours of the beach.  I will call it the Dungeness Blanket.

Back at home I revisited my book about Derek Jarman’s garden at Dungeness – the inspiration that took us there in the first place, and that continues to draw us back.  Do what you can with what you have – his garden seems to be a true expression of that ethos.

About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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3 Responses to A pocket full of Rye

  1. Lucille says:

    I particularly like the church at Fairfield. You have to collect the enormous key which is hanging outside Becket Barn Farm. Were you in Winchelsea for the NGS Open Gardens?


    • Fairfield was our favourite too. And yes, we loved the relaxed approach to making the key available. Sadly not in Winchelsea for the Open Gardens, but it was a charming place to wander around and enjoy looking at front gardens.


  2. Sartenada says:

    Our churches are different in Finland.


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