I wanted to spend some time at the allotment on Sunday, so in the morning we decided to head somewhere close to home so that we wasn't out all day. It's years since I've been to Kirkstall Abbey, which is only at the other side of Leeds to where we live, but it seemed to fit the bill.
Kirkstall Abbey was founded in 1152 by some Cistercian monks who remained there until Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries in 1534. The roofs were stripped of lead, though most of the buildings were left standing and used for agricultural purposes. It's now one of the most complete examples of a Cistercian abbey in Britain.
The River Aire runs along side the abbey, and we took a walk along the banks.
It's a haven for wildlife and I saw my first Orange Tip butterfly, though I was too slow to photograph it. It seems to be a good year for them as I've heard of many sightings recently. There were many Speckled Wood butterflies, the one here has a damaged wing, poor thing.
It's lovely to see bluebells out, and we came across some white bluebells on our walk.
Looking back to the abbey from the banks of the River Aire, you can imagine what a magnificent building this would have been.
We're lucky to have another long four day weekend this week, I'm looking forward to it.