The Hospital of St Cross near Winchester is a twelfth century charitable institution with sixteenth century additions. It is a wonderful building, with a walled garden, a pond and tearoom. It has a church and provides accommodation for twenty five elderly men. St Cross continues to offer the Wayfarers dole, a horn of beer and a morsel of bread, to those who ask for it.
St Cross rises out of the Itchen valley. It is rare to spend time any there and not witness a dramatic sky of some sort. Jackdaws nest in several places around the buildings. I was listening to a particularly vocal jackdaw and saw that it had a nest behind a sculpture on one of the towers (it is the only sculpture that remains on the face of this particular tower). As I looked up, I noticed how dramatic the tower looked, shooting up hard and dark against a bright chaotic sky.