This blog is going to be something of a departure for me. Today I am going to launch a few posts for a specific circle of people – friends and family who for a variety of reasons were not able to attend the events in London, Oxford and Cambridge commemorating C.S. Lewis’s Memorial in Poets’ Corner.
This blog is especially dedicated to:
Carolyn Curtis, Devin Brown, Sheila Swartz, Mary Mueller, Mary Tabb, Dianne Mosely, Jill Fort, Mary Key, Kirk Manton, Rebekah Choat, and Richard Platt; with a special nod to Lynn Severance, Sierra Glyer, Lanier Ivester, and Lael Arrington. And I will say for the record – Pahtyana, Clinton, Elly and Jolie Moore, and Jordanna James – that I missed you in a distinct way and would have loved to have had you there with us seeing all this wonder.
However, even if I missed your name, if you love Lewis and wanted to go, this series is for you. Pull up your chair. Close your eyes for a moment. Rest your heart. Imagine that you are sitting with me in my office looking at a slide show of my favourite images from this trip. Here’s what it looked like through my eyes. This is your heritage, too.
Entering London. Day 1 and 2.
Richard Coeur de Lion / Richard the Lion-hearted statue
in front of the Palace of Westminster, Houses of Parliament, late afternoon.
The Parliament Building.
An allee of lights up to the Parliament building.
The London Eye as seen from part of St. James Park
Traffic near St. James Park.
St. James Park swan. Sigh.
Window box garden over Westminster Abbey
Architectural Details – Arches and Lamp
Magnificent Gothic Door at Westminster Abbey.
The front view of St. Margaret’s.
Sign for the Sanctuary House Hotel.
If you ever need to stay in London near the Abbey, this is a lovely place to rest your head. The staff at the Sanctuary House Hotel are the kindest, most attentive I have ever met. Anywhere. Thank you, Carolyn, for letting us take your room over when you could not be here. I was conscious of your absence every day and missed you.
Fuller’s is the restaurant for Sanctuary House Hotel.
We had many meetings there and some lovely breakfasts.
Westminster Abbey looking like a castle.
My first view of Big Ben!
London, like so many cities in England, is replete with sculpture and beautiful architectural embellishment. I felt overwhelmed with the poverty of America in terms of our urban landscapes and environment of history.
This beautiful figure of a woman is carved into enduring stone – an ever-faithful witness and pilgrim.
London Frieze Detail
Lamps are everywhere and in a beautiful array of styles. It is not remotely difficult to see where Lewis might have drawn on that image for the lamp springing up in Narnia. You all will be seeing this image as well as many others used as e-cards and quotes.
Inspiration is everywhere!
All this set the stage and backdrop for the events of Thursday through Saturday, in London, Oxford and Cambridge.
Much more to come – so stay tuned!
Click here for Part 2 in this series.
Click here for Part 3 of this series.
Click here for Part 4 – Tea at the Kilns.
The images featured here are by me, Lancia E. Smith, and used with my permission for Cultivating.
Many blessings to you and yours!
Lancia E. Smith is an author, photographer, teacher, and business owner. A grateful lover of the Triune God, Lancia is passionate about disciple making. Reflecting an irresistible calling to the intersection of faith and the arts, she is the Founder and Executive Director of Cultivating, and of The Cultivating Project, a discipling initiative for Christians engaged in the arts. She is President and CEO of a thriving environmental consulting and construction firm based in northern Colorado which she runs with her husband Peter. They are parents to seven children, and are grandparents to a beloved flock of grandchildren. An inveterate book collector and giver, Lancia loves website and garden design, beautiful typography, David Austin roses, Marvel movies, road trips and being read aloud to by Peter. She cherishes every book she ever read by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald.