Thursday of last week was my dear Hb's birthday and I thought I would share with you the card I created for him. For family birthdays I try to do something very different if I have the time. Some time ago I managed to buy some very old postcards and amongst them was a wonderful card showing the ancient church of St. Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield, London. The writing at the bottom of the card on the left says "Oldest London Church".
It was founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory and has been in continuous use as a place of worship since at least 1143 There is a lovely link to it here
Now this church has a link to us for a few reasons........
Firstly my Hb has worked very near to this church for the last 7 years. His office in Farringdon actually over looks Smithfield market. It is such an interesting and often not visited part of London. During the summer I sometimes take the train up to London to meet him from work and we walk from Farringdon, across to St Paul's and on...it's fabulously historical.
Secondly St. Bartholomew the Great has also featured in some very famous films, including one of my all time favourites, "Four Weddings and a Funeral". It was used for the inside shots.
Some years ago my husband was looking out of his office window on a windy day and noticed the flag flying unfurled from the pole above the church, just as it appears in this old postcard. He and some other staff members in his office were intrigued as it flies quite a unique flag, resembling the Royal Standard. On the spur of the moment he sent an email to the rector of the church, not really expecting a reply. Within 30 minutes he was amazed to find one arrived . This is the email;
Dear St Barts,
Can you help with our question?
We can see your roof from our office, and the flag. Three gold leopards/lions on a red background (looks a bit like the arms of Richard I) .
Why do you fly this flag whereas most other Anglican venues appear to fly a different flag?
And the reply; (delivered in 30 minutes!)
you for your enquiry. We fly the arms of St Bartholomew the Great -
two lions - called leopards heraldically - and two crowns. The lions are
those of Normandy, as we were founded by Henry I. The vast majority of
churches do not have their own arms but ours date from the Middle Ages.
Rector, The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
How interesting is that and what an interesting piece of English history! Henry the 1 no less, not even near the time of the more famous Henry V111. My Hb has kept this email for some years and never thought at the time that one day it would surface on his wife's blog!
The final link we have is that my daughter trained at St.Bartholomew's (or Barts as it is more commonly know) medical school. Barts hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in England and it's origins go back to 1123....yes that long ago. Although Barts medical school merged with The London and Queen Mary's Medical schools in 1995 there is still an ancient " stand alone" ceremony called "The Rights of passage" which Barts holds for it's graduates before the main graduation at Queen Mary's in London. We attended this when our daughter graduated in July 2009. It is one of the few remaining ceremonies where the Hippocratic Oath is still taken and the setting of the ceremony in a marquee on the green of Charterhouse was magic, right out of Harry Potter!
So to find this lovely old postcard, with so many personal connections,was such a delightful discovery that I knew I had to use it to make my Hbs birthday card. Here is what I made.
I chose some gold linen card
and some swirly backing paper.
I then mounted the postcard using photo corners onto a piece of gold card stock. This was so that my Hb could remove the postcard when he had finished with his birthday card and use it as a bookmark etc.
I also used a heart punch to punch into the backing paper so that the gold from the card base could show through.
So sometimes when we have birthday cards on our mantle piece they include a little bit of history...............and a lot of pleasant memories.
Bye for now,
***************P.S N.B this is an edit added this afternoon .................have a look at my friend Shirley's blog...http://shirleysillustrations.blogspot.com/2011/01/pay-it-forward.html
I will be taking part, it's a lovely idea!
Here’s the concept: “Pay it forward” is the idea that random acts of kindness are given without expecting anything in return. It’s passing on a kindness hoping that your recipients will do the same, and forming a never-ending chain of goodwill, that’s what this is about. But it isn’t only kindness, it is also a means to connect and share instead of just keeping it to ourselves.
Here’s how it works: You’ll have to comment on this post and the first three people who comment will receive an original “Pay it Forward” gift from me within the next few months. But those three people will also have to post the idea on their blog and commit to creating something for the first three people who comment and so on and so forth.
SO, the first three people to comment here will get something made by me, but you have to do this on your blog as well. I’ll be reading your blog to make sure that you have posted something about your “Pay it Forward.”
WHAT A LOVELY IDEA!! Jx
PPS If you don't want to take part in this and would still like to leave a comment....just let me know you don't want to be in the "3" to pay it forward........it's not compulsary at all and I appreciate for some of my reader's it's not possible to do this and a few readers who leave me lovely comments don't even have blogs!! I still love to receive all you kind comments and don't want to miss them!
UPDATE: Monday 31st January; There are still 2 Pay it forward spaces free......some of my comments have been my lovely normal "chats" so don't be put off as there are more than 3 comments, just scroll on down! Please indicate when you comment if you would like to join the fun....my gift to you is going to involve not only something from my card creations..but my jewellery too! Keep watching! ;0) Jx