The Rose Window of Chutreaux

English Rose Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ September 14 2016 — Scan — Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

As I was walking across my deck to my oficina I noticed the English Rose, ‘Munstead Wood’. There was only one bloom. I knew what I was looking at. I rushed into my library and took out one of my loveliest books David Macaulay’s (1973). Macaulay’s splendid illustrations how the inhabitants of an imaginary but plausible city in France called Chutreaux built a Gothic cathedral in the 13thcentury. The workers began on May 24, 1252 and finished it in mudsummer 1338.

In the book I found the picture of one of the rose windows being built, not to mention the stylized rose on the cover of the book.

Since Lauren, my 14 year-old granddaughter was with us today I showed her the rose and then the picture of the window. She immediately guessed that it is called a rose window.

Into Bunny Watson. I am a Vancouver-based magazine photographer/writer. I have a popular daily blog which can be found at:

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