Over the Easter break - we ventured out to
visit Rievaulx Abbey - in North Yorkshire.
Founded in 1132 , it was one of the first cistercian
abbey`s in the North of England .
We also found out that a medieval falconry display
was being held there - so we stopped for 2 of
the displays ! ;o)

I found this old photo - from around 1850 -
of the inside presbytery with the altar stone

These looking down the opposite way today .

We had 20 minutes before the falconry display began
and i was excited about this . I want to have a go
myself at this , and found out , that the birds do not form an
emotional attatchment to their owners and petting them is not
the right thing to do . It was a husband and wife team with commentary
and various species of birds , including a Harris hawk , brown owl
and a kestrel . These are my best photo`s - which i`m pleased with
as i used my longer lens and you usually need a tripod for
stability and i forgot it !

My favourite - the brown owl ..

It was a delight to see them flying around ,
swooping down for some food and the information
which was given .

A lovely day spent by both of us !


Deborah said...

Oh Carolyn! They are all fabulous photos. The ruins are so stunning. Beautiful country you have there. I have a wee little envelope to send off to you today! **happy smiles** Deb

amy said...

Great photos! I love seeing birds up close esp. owls. Thanks for sharing.

PEA said...

How amazing it must be to be able to visit such ruins...absolutely beautiful! These are the types of little trips I love to make and if I lived in England, I would be wanting to make them every day! lol It must have also been fascinating to watch the Falconry display and your pictures are truly breathtaking. I'm so glad you were able to go out and have such a fun time with your other half:-) xoxo

Meggie said...

Love the photos of the birds, Carolyn! Great job!!