Today we walked for five hours in a huge circle using bridlepaths and footways around farmland and woods.
We saw many wildflowers....
We stopped at the little church I showed you before and rested awhile, teenage boy took this little cross stitch gift with him - they were available to take in a small pot by the door with the verse attached....
Top left is the kneeler I used and top right the small side altar wheree you write and leave prayer requests. A field of buttercup. River has flooded in parts of the woods.
We also went to the old village library again and decided we will make this our local as it just so special and has such a good atmosphere for reading ... we learned that it was built in 1431 and was renovated in the 1800s. I took some pictures but was told later that I shouldn't have done although the librarian kindly turned a blind eye and then generously showed me the cottage garden which is open to visitors to read books and stay awhile if you choose!
The interior is one floor with an upper level ballustraded balcony - there are enormous fireplaces, lots of oak intricately carved and inscripted. Furnishings also are very beautiful and in use - i.e. this little chair in the childrens' section.
I can't tell you how special it feels to select books from this beautiful carved wood furnishing.
We found a little house in the woods further afield, I have had trouble locating it on any maps. It's right next to a stream set between woods and farmland - it has a special feel to it and I keep going back to look - nobody seems to be living there. Maybe one day it will come up for sale.
We visited the old blackbirds nest and were surprised to find a nest of bees has taken over residence.
I hope I haven't tired you out, this is a long post and if you stayed until the end, you did well!
I am thinking of setting up a swap if there is enough interest,
this would be a 'from my home to your home' swap
sending handmade and traditional gifts to someone in another country
If you are interested, please leave a comment.