Today we visited St Cuthbert, we watched the video clip associated with the link, talked about the carved image of the Abbot found in the church of St Mary's Holy Island and learnt that he became quite a celebrity after his death and was not only widely known up and down the country but as far away as Norway too!
Even today there is quite a following and you can wander in his footsteps along the pilgrim road affectionately known as St Cuthbert's Way. Reading this reminded me of a someone I know who has walked part of this way and has adopted St Cuthbert as her patron and guide.
I first became aware of Rachel Denton as a result of listening to a radio four programme about solitude early last year. I have been fortunate to have the odd facebook conversation with her and supported her work where possible in the purchasing of her beautiful cards. Like St Cuthbert she has made the choice to be a hermit and through reading the commentaries on her website, Benedict was able to learn more about this particular calling. The word hermit was not knew to him, having read about the life of St Benedict last year.
We then read an excerpt about the Saxon Chronicles and a word appeared that was unfamiliar to us ~ Ides. So off we went on a mini trail and were able to read from this information. I did not know that Roman's counted backwards or that some months were considered unlucky.
Our last stop before finishing for the day was to visit here. Benedict had fun completing the interactive quiz, taking part in a virtual dig and then choosing his piece of independent work which was ~ drawing a picture of a Saxon Shore Fort.