Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery not too far from Dev (it would have taken me 15mins on my bike had I not got lost. If there is one thing I will complain about, it is England’s lack of consistency in their street signs. Sometimes they’ll be at road level on a little wall; other times they’ll be on the second story of a building. Sometimes they just don’t exist. This makes navigating very hard). I’ve been wanting to go to Kirkstall for the past couple weeks, and finally set out to go today. Which turned out to be a good thing because the weather was beautiful. It was cold, but the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
Kirkstall Abbey has quite a bit of history. It was established in 1152 and was disestablished in 1538 when Henry VIII was shutting down all of the monasteries. It then has a history of switching hands through death, purchases, and stakes of claim. During this time, stone was taken to be used for other buildings, the main road ran right through the nave, and a storm knocked down the tower. Eventually in the 1880s it was given to the Leeds City Council who started conservation projects. The Abbey is surrounded by a park and the road now passes by along the side of the property. The nave and main part of the church are largely intact and the walls have their full ceiling height. The further you travel away from the nave and move towards the other sections of the church, the ruins deteriorate until at some places there are just the layouts of where the walls would have stood.
Unfortunately, the sun was working against my mediocre photography skills, and a lot of the shots I took were either too bright or too dark. But it was a lot of fun to photograph.
One of the reasons I decided to go to Kirkstall Abbey this weekend was because I wanted to do something fun after a long and tiring week. I had a whooping 9 interviews. There were a couple that stood out and went really well. Now it’s just waiting and praying that I get a job offer.
School continues to be stressful and I am struggling a bit to really get down to work. It’s hard when there are no due dates until the end of the term. And it doesn’t help that there are all sorts of interesting things around that keep distracting me.
This afternoon I went to an origami event on campus. We made butterflies and strung them on a garland. But more importantly, the instructor let us take origami paper home so that we could make more. I’m not going to make more butterflies, but hopefully I can continue to experiment with more difficult patterns (the butterflies were hardly taxing).