After observing a sunrise two weeks ago, I was keen to escape from the city into the relative silence of the countryside, and experience the beauty of the rising sun once again.
I also wanted to visit Beauvale Priory – A place I’ve seen marked on the libraries OS map as ‘ruins’. It’s north-east of my home city and I was curious to see what is (or isn’t) there.
It is -2°C outside, as I set off on my bike into the near dark, still sleepy Sunday morning, of Nottingham City.
I’d arose later than planned, so I was still in the suburbs as the deep orange disk of the sun first surfaced, but, pedaling like mad, I soon found the fields and stopped for some snaps.
Unusually for me, I altered the settings for these photos to make them a little ‘darker’ and a little ‘warmer’. However, I don’t think any amount of photo manipulation can conjure up the actual feelings I got, whilst being there.
I trundled along slowly now, admiring the beauty and randomness of nature
Following the country lane along, I soon came to Beauvale Priory.
A turkey and a ghost!
Well, this is the remains of the monastery viewed from a little distance.
I wasn’t overly impressed! And I didn’t fancy waiting around for 90 odd minutes for the site to open to the public, as I was freezing cold. Maybe another day though. I’d enjoyed the sunrise and my cycle ride so now I was off home to get warm :-)