Wednesday, 20 January 2016

A Winter Wanderland

We had the slightest dusting of snow overnight at the weekend so Mr GBT and I grabbed our coats and popped out to have a gander. It had all melted by the early afternoon but made the little hamlet just up the road very pretty. Just a few snapshots of what caught my eye whilst we were nosing about.


This is St Nicholas in Itchingfield. The shingled wooden tower is completely separate to the main body of the church. Unusually the  medieval "priest's house" remains standing in the churchyard. More often than not these were swept up by incorporating them into bigger halls. It was used as an almshouse until 1870








The path leading up to the church is made from locally quarried flagstones which are known by the highly original name of Horsham Stone! I am taken with the pattern that the water has made over made millions of years.


Thank goodness for a most welcome splash of scarlet to break the pallor of the pale grey sky.



This meanwhile simply amused me and was outside the local cafe where we went on to for a much needed cuppa and bite of lunch. It was good to know what we were supporting one of the locally owned businesses rather than lining the pockets of the big corporations.




Nothing fancy but just good to get out for a breath of fresh air and enjoy a mini adventure.
Arilx

3 comments:

  1. No snow here. It's as rare as rocking horse droppings on the South West coast. I did spot some in the distance on the higher parts of Dartmoor on my way to work the other day. x

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  2. What a beautiful little house that is, which also seems to have a Horsham Stone roof. My father's family had an old Hall House with a stone roof in Isfield or Ifield (can't remember).

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    1. I think you're right about the Horsham stone roof Cro- I hadn't noticed but a lot of buildings have them round the area. Rather lovely
      Arilx

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