The conservarory in godstone next to the St Nicholas Church
This is the conservatory of the Warden of St Mary´s Homes, and as you can see is beautifully maintained. The Warden, Paul and his wife Joan, have grown these plants from seed. Beautiful!
The Chapel, Godstone, Surrey, EnglandThis charming Chapel was built ibn 1872 along with 8 Almshouses....
The little chapel inside , which belongs to the st mary,s homes , which were founded in 1872 in Godst...
Situated just behind the Almshouses, this church had a Lychgate erected in the memory of ReverendGera...
Situated just behind the Almshouses, this church had a Lychgate erected in the memory of Reverend ...
The Church of St Peter and St Paul at Chaldon in Surrey is famous for its 12th century wall painting ...
Bluebells carpeting a woodland floor
ChartwellThese steps lead from the terrace down to the Kitchen garden and Rose Walk.
ChartwellThe entrance to the house is from the West side with a lawn and steps leading in many direct...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.