This is the beautiful orchard at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist. I particularly liked the fact their scarecrows wore habits.
More photos of our trip are here.
Ritualride is a project by Artist Steve Ounanian and on Monday Tim Olden, Jon Arden and I cycled the first leg of the journey with Steve (50 + miles I'm sure !) from Abbey Gardens to the Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist in Tolleshunt Knights, Essex ...
"Ritualride is a ridiculous journey into the outer limits of Great Britain. It will visit farms, solar panelled mosques, micro-climates, motorways, and McDonalds, to name a few. At each location, Steven and participants will ask the people involved in the “ecological site” to tell a story, and participants will be encouraged to tell stories and myths of their own, creating new narratives to be embedded into the environment. Participants are invited join on any leg of the journey -- you may ride your own bicycle, or have a seat on the tandem!"
Visit the project website and contact Steve if you'd like to join another leg of the journey ... I recommend the webclip that combines footage of Steve's tandem being blessed before the ride (!), and the launch 'poem' he read out in the drizzle on the monument at Abbey Gardens the night before we left.