Vision of loveliness

Where better to have a vision than in a church?  But this is no ordinary church.  The Pitcher and Piano in Nottingham is a deconsecrated Unitarian church, saved from dereliction in a rather spectacular fashion.

Meeting me from my bus journey on a balmy afternoon, my daughter proposed a refreshing drink.  To me, she was a vision of loveliness.  You could say that for our surroundings too.

Last week I was too excited at meeting my daughter to settle to a Thursday’s Special.  This week I’m home again, and able to share some of the magic.  The little girl in Paula’s Vision is beautiful too.

68 comments

  1. Lovely to see your gorgeous daughter Jo. I think these repurposed churches are fabulous. In Aberdeen we had a some fabulous good and refreshments in one. Your stained glass photos are superb.

  2. Beautiful stained glass windows, it is a gorgeous church. How lovely to meet up with your daughter for a refreshing drink and no doubt a good natter. She is ideed lovely…just like her mum.

  3. They’ve done a great job on pub. For the first time I see the resemblance, you and your Titian lass are both visions of loveliness. Soon-be-the-weekend hugs darling!

    1. She’s so like my Mam, Gilly, and I struggle to see me in her at all. But she’s beautiful, and she’s loved. Thank you for your kindness. 🙂 🙂

      1. absolutely! i’ve seen beautiful churches that are now simply for concerts and shows. sad but in a way good that it is being used for good purpose. keep your lovely photos coming, Jo! thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

  4. Lovely windows and an interesting name for a café / pub? What a fab place for a catch-up with your precious daughter. Great use for the pianos though I suspect any pianist looking at this will be cringing! Back to cooler climes here today, but no thunder storms arrived, just cloudy and a few spits.

    1. They are actually a chain, Jude, and this one is quite close to Lisa’s place of work. They have a newsletter with free drinks vouchers, which is another reason to like it. We have less exciting ones at Durham and on the Quayside at Newcastle so I need to check that out. The pianos are a bit sad, aren’t they, but I suppose it’s recycling after a fashion. (I did think about linking to Lingering for the windows too 🙂 ) Heavy grey here.

    1. You have a choice of two! 🙂 🙂 The first is pale green, by the front door. The battered cream one is on the patio at the back. Great, isn’t it? And, thanks!

  5. Gardening in a grand piano, now there’s food for thought 🙂 Great shots all round, Jo. Whoever thought they could ‘adaptively re-use’ this church in such a way certainly had vision.

  6. Oh yes, a real beauty, both church and daughter. I like the contrast between her and the old traditional church! And nice to see the building kept as part of the community, albeit in a very different manner to what its creators intended

    1. I must have walked past it before and never realised, Debs. I knew of it but not exactly where. Lisa thought she’d taken me there before because it’s almost her ‘local’ from her office. Nice! 🙂 🙂 Thanks, darlin!

  7. What a wonderful church and your photographs of the stained glass windows are inspired! 😀 I’ve taken so many over the years in various churches and cathedrals and whilst some are good a lot end up with black around the edges or elongated! Yours are all so striking, crisp clear and immediate. Also so lovely to see your daughter. 😀 I hope your friends and property in Portugal are safe, Jo. They are having a dreadful time with the forest fires, a horrific natural disaster.

    1. Thanks for the kind thought, Annika. The fires in Portugal are a long way north of us but horrific, I agree. They are blaming the highly combustible eucalyptus trees but the whole area is like a tinder box.
      Lisa was chided for not having taken me to the Pitcher and Piano before! 🙂 I knew of its existence but this was the first time we’d been there.

      1. It is a magical setting for a cafe…I can see this will be a regular stop when you visit! I meant to comment on the piano – very inventive but I can imagine my pianist son shuddering at the latest planter! 😀

    1. Hiya, Meg! I’m still tinkering with it- can’t decide whether the battered piano is appropriate so I’ve taken it out. It really is beautifully done, the restoration. Glad you approve. 🙂 🙂 Ecclesiastical hugs!

      1. Sorry about both laptop (or do you mean just switched off?) and moodiness. Connected? Or just one of those times? Warm hugs, unless you need cool ones.

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