A few days before our recent trip into Wales we met up with some friends from Nottingham to have lunch first at the Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe and then to have a look at Croxden Abbey which isn't very far away.
I've taken you to Croxden a couple of times before - here - and - here - but this time it was great to share the experience with friends.
We wandered around together and then on our own just taking in the beauty of it all.
We thought about those early times as the Abbey welcomed its first few monks to the area.
We thought about and indeed talked about how it must have been for them.
We spotted masons' marks and marvelled at how hard they must have worked to provide a suitable place for those monks to worship and to live. Sometimes the building of these places would span a whole lifetime.
We also thought about those who had passed through the buildings as residents or visitors, about the farmers, labourers and animals who had sheltered here and about those who had walked this way when the building became the ruin you see today.
My friend Robert wrote a post, wonderfully called A Tapestry of Stone, about Croxden on his blog - here - is a link to his thoughts on his visit.