Monday, 25 May 2020

Keeping it local.

We decided to be brave and venture out for a walk in the local countryside on Sunday. Although we saw some other people, everyone was observing social distancing and we had deliberately avoided the places which would attract large groups of people. For us it was a new route and really rather delightful. I stood drinking in the views greedily and taking photos of all the beautiful things I saw so that I could continue to enjoy them when I got home.

Across the fields and into the woods.





Due to us having stayed within the town for the past two months I have made the most of the wild flowers that I have glimpsed in the verges, but it was such a joy to see the hedgerows bursting forth. There was a whole bank of comfrey literally buzzing with bees and the most welcome saffron and tangerine coloured Chicken of the Woods fungi.









We circumnavigated several farms or former farm buildings. The grain store was rather splendid I thought!



However, my building of the day prize has to go to this one.....beautiful stonework and what is that hole and shelf under the eave for....I am guessing either bats or an owl maybe all perfectly topped off with a steam engine themed weather vane.





The final part of our walk took us back past the Horsham Stone Quarry. This has been used since Roman times and one of its enduring qualities is that it can be split into tiles. For that reason many local churches and older houses have Horsham Stone roofs....tomorrow I will show you a smaller example of its use.


This might sound slightly odd, but because none of this walk was familiar to me it rather felt like I was away on holiday exploring....a rather delicious feeling to enjoy for a couple of hours!

Arilx




10 comments:

  1. Thank you for the virtual walk. I love the weather-vane. I photo weather-vanes and also love the building on stone mushrooms to keep the rats at bay.......

    Julie xxxxx

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    1. I photograph the weathervanes whenever I see a new one. There's a FB group dedicated to them! Arilx

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  2. What a gorgeous part of England you live in! Thank you so much for taking us out on your walk with you! xxx

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    1. It's very beautiful....sadly they keep building on the greenbelt. Arilx

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  3. About that hole and shelf under the eaves... Is this pigeon pie territory? I've seen pigeon roosts which lure the birds to nests -- which open from inside the building in order to harvest the squabs.
    Must say that chicken of the woods looks very appetizing!

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    1. It could be a dovecot I guess, but if it's bats they're legally protected. Arilx

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  4. I know what you mean about feeling like a holiday just doing something different. Last week just parking in a different place on the boke/walking trail was a good break. The wolfflowers ate georgeous.

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    1. These breaks become more important at them moment don't they. Arilx

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  5. When we first ventured out in the car I was in awe of the beautiful green of the trees, they were bare when we last drove out. I like the tree fungus.
    Briony
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    1. Yes it's quite a hit of colour when you first see the zing of the green. Arilx

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A bit betwixt and between

 Another visit to one of my favourite haunts....Nymans Gardens [NT] which is near here and perfect if you've only got a couple of hours ...