Some photos and comments and thanks


Here are some photos I have pulled out of my phone, in no special order.

I visited Greenwich the other day and, coming up from the Thames into the great quadrangle I saw this in the pavement.  The birthplace of a monstrous fellow.


On a better note, I had a very nice look around Westminster Cathedral with a friend.  I had no idea that on the back of the great Crucifix in the sanctuary there was a Stabat Mater.


Here you can see the altar from the side.  The little wall behind was actually moved at huge expense before the Holy Father’s visit last year precisely so that he wouldn’t say Mass ad orientem.

This Rolls Royce has little wipers on the headlights.


Meanwhile, back at Greenwich, Fr. Finigan is still standing at attention.


The uniform Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was killed.


There are splendid models of ships at the museum in Greenwich.  In my opinion they are the best thing to see there.


Yesterday was a glorious, beautiful day.  It is hard to imagine more splendid weather.


Of interest to art historians.  I spotted this after visiting the gang saying the Rosary at Bedford Square for Forty Days For Life.


Don’t know why this image is smaller.  Oh well.  It was a really nice day.

Just coming out of the National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing where the older stuff is.  I spent a couple happy hours comparing Sienese and other Tuscan Mary and Child paintings.


On the way home, I grabbed a couple of trout of the shelf at a Tesco.  They had an interesting package, nicely vacuum-packed, which accounts for the little ridges on one side.  The ridges didn’t affect either the cooking time or the flavor.


So far so good.  My trip is winding down to an end soon… sniff.  I should have made it longer.

Thanks to all of you who have sent donations!   Here are some of the kind people’s initials, whom I always note down and whom I remember in prayer.  I will soon again say Holy Mass for the intention of benefactors which is my pleasure and duty.  Your kindness is always appreciated and my spirits are lifted each time I get a notification that a donation has come in. I hope I got everyone…. if not, your names are noted down elsewhere.

LL, JB, JP, RB, WH x 2,
AO, HE, KA x 2, AB, RD,

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    As Scarlett O’Hara said, “I am just pee-green with envy.” Have a great trip and a safe trip home. Nice to know you, too, are an Anglophile.

  2. benedetta says:

    Have really enjoyed these photos and the rest posted as well.

  3. Jon says:


    Somehow I think lil’ ol’ Scarlett meant “pea”green.

    And having once made a similar trip as Father, so am I.

    Oh, and I don’t know if you’ve been in the past, Father, but a trip down to Portsmouth to see the Victory is certainly worth the train ride. [Been there! Done that!] I remember the spot belowdecks where Nelson died. The place (twenty years ago) had a little light shining on it. Poor adulterous fellow.

    Incidentally, go next Friday, and you can be there for the anniversary. Kiss me, Hardy!

  4. I dunno about those trout. I find it difficult to cook something that’s looking at me.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Sorry, for the slip….you are correct, Jon, and I hope I did not offend anyone here. I am laughing at myself…When we visited the Victory, a little lady in a pink pants suit asked the nice Naval Officer, who was giving the tour why Nelson was on deck to be shot instead of in a safe place. It was so cute.

  6. kbf says:

    I don’t thikn the altar at The Drome was moved to prevent B16 from saying mass ad orientem as AcgBp NIcols had it moved not long after his installation. Previously the altar steps had been extended by a wooden platform and that platform had a horrid frame altar onm it that blocked the view of the High Altar. ArchBp Nichols wanted the High Altar back in use for both methods of celebrating the liturgy and the removal of the platform and frame altar.

  7. chloesmom says:

    Bless me, Father, for I have committed (and am committing) the sin of envy!!! My last trip to the UK (only one so far) was 10 yrs. ago, and seeing these photos (especially the Greenwich ones) makes me want to hop on a plane and fly back. Alas, the purse strings are tight these days, so will have to wait. Meanwhile, thanks for posting these wonderful images of one of my favourite cities!

  8. irishgirl says:

    Cool pictures, Father Z! Also like the one of Fr. Finigan at Greenwich (he was carrying his ‘brolly’, I see).
    I see you were near St. Paul’s Cathedral-did you see any of the ‘Occupy London’ idiots [good name for them, BTW)? They were camping out at the cathedral.
    You got to see the uniform that Nelson died in-well, I got you one better. I’ve seen the musket ball that actually struck Nelson at Trafalgar–it’s on display at Windsor Castle.
    Supertradmum-that was cute what the little lady in pink asked the naval officer!
    In fact, the last time I was in London was close to Trafalgar Day….but I was going home the day before….bummer. Yet I did see the Sea Cadets doing their practice run for the annual parade.
    On that same trip, I went on a double-decker bus tour. When we approached Trafalgar Square, the guide asked us ‘what happened on October 21?’…..and I was the only one who knew! Me, a Yank!
    Go figure…..

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